Half Marathon Race Report
|March 7, 2011||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
Going into Sunday’s half marathon, my goal was to NOT PR.
My only goal was to maintain my Marathon Goal Pace (MGP) of a 7:38/mile for the majority of the race and then pick up the pace at the end if I was feeling good.
Tempering my competitive beast and actually executing this plan would be a bigger victory for me than a PR.
On Saturday, I rode 35 miles and ran 5, ensuring my legs wouldn’t be fresh for the race. I wanted to nail my MGP for 13 miles on tired legs to boost my confidence going into Boston.
Because if I can do half the distance on tired legs without tapering…than surely I can nail it for the full marathon if I actually rest and fuel off the race day adrenaline of Boston. Right?
My friend Steve agreed to venture out to Maryland to run this race with me. He’s way faster than me, but he’s coming back from an injury, so willingly agreed to run my race plan with me.
The weather on race morning was Perfect. 50 degrees, warm enough for shorts, but still cool while waiting for the start and a slight drizzle throughout the run. I could race in these conditions for every single one of my races and not complain.
The race was out and back on a “trail” (aka paved bike path. I’m not bad ass enough to aim for MGP on some single-track nonsense) and the field was small enough to share the course with runners going in each direction.
From the start, Steve and I were easily hitting our miles right in the 7:38 range. The pace felt comfortable and was definitely conversational, much to the annoyance of the full marathoner behind us who overheard us talking about how easy of a distance half marathons are compared to fulls. Whoops…wear your headphones next time dude.
Steve and I stuck together for the majority of the race. He had a slight issue with his feet numbing up after the one hugh jass hill at mile 7-8 so we stopped and walked for a bit to try and loosen them up.
Then at mile 11, Steve stopped at a water stop (as he’d been doing the whole time) and instead of being a nice training partner and waiting, I decided to start picking off the girls that were in my line of vision ahead of me. (Steve still managed to finish 10 seconds after me. Told ya he was fast.)
My Garmin failed (he’s currently being punished and sitting uncharged in the corner) so I only have Steve’s splits to use as a guide.
Mile 2: 7:28
Mile 5- 7:22
Mile 8 (BIG HILL)- 7:40
Execution=just as planned. Boston, here I come.
Well, in a minute. First I’ve got some other things to attend to.
Happy Start of the Training Week Peeps! Anyone else race this weekend (or just stuff your face with baked goods)? Fill me in.