Sunday, October 9, 2011

Race Recap - 1/2 marathon PR!!

This is what a PR looks like!!


Let me just start by saying that the race went amazingly well!  I finished with a time of 1:54:40.  So yah, totally blew my 2 hour goal out of the water - which is shocking and so wonderful at the same time!

The race started at 7:30 am so we got up at 5:45 to make sure we had enough time for breakfast.  I was super hyper in the morning, which isn't really typical, so I think my body was ready to race.  We headed down, Lauren snapped some photos, and we were off!

Here are my splits:

Mile 1 - 9:12
Mile 2 - 8:42
Mile 3 - 8:42
Mile 4 - 8:42 (wow, I was consistent!)
Mile 5 - 8:16
Mile 6 - 8:27
Mile 7 - 8:33
Mile 8 - 8:50
Mile 9 - 8:38
Mile 10 - 8:44
Mile 11 - 8:50
Mile 12 - 8:29
Mile 13 - 8:31
.25  - 8:16 pace (the course measured .15 long on my garmin)


So all in all, I ran a really strong race - my only split > 9 minutes was the first one when we were weaving in and out of people (which is my least favorite part of every race!).  I felt great at the finish and my only casualty is a blister on my left foot.

The first people I emailed were my coaches from the run club.  If it wasn't for those guys, I never would have achieved this goal.  They pushed me all summer and totally changed my approach to training.  The course was sort of rolling hills, so all those hills runs I did really benefited me today.  They kept believing in me and telling me I could do it, even when I doubted it.

Victoria was definitely a great course and I would come back here in a heartbeat, perhaps to do the marathon some day!  And we all PR'd - Amber & Leigh both ran sub-2 hour halves, and Lauren finished her full in around 3:44 (holy cannasta, she is a speedy runner!!!).

Now it's back to exploring and enjoying this gorgeous city!!!

26 comments:

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

You did awesome! Great splits, Lisa!

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

Awesome! I had no doubts that you would do it! I'm really proud of you! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Wow, congratulations, that is a huge way to beat your goal!

Kay Bee said...

Great run! Congrats on your PR!

J said...

YAY!! Congrats girl!! You rocked it! I knew you could run a sub 2 hour half! Well done Lisa! I totally agree that having a coach and a running club helps you to become a better runner!

Stephany said...

Those splits are so impressive! Way to go on the PR!

Charbelle said...

YAY CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You ROCK lady!!!!!!!!!

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

Way to go, Lisa! As always, you girls are so inspiring! So proud of you!!! You deserved this fantastic weekend! :)

missris said...

Yay! I knew you could do it! Hope you're out having fun and celebrating!!

Zaneta said...

Congrats!! That's fantastic!! :) Great splits, GREAT time!! :)
My goal for my next half is a sub 2 hour :)
I'm running my first full next Sunday :) (I won't be as fast as your friend tho) lol ;)

Raquelita said...

Awesome job! I am so proud of you for achieving your goal! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

pinkflipflops said...

yay! congrats!

Abby said...

You are amazing, Lisa!!! Those splits are AWESOME, Lisa!! Apparently working with a coach has paid off! You're awesome :)

abbi said...

You rocked it, congratulations!!!!!

Jess said...

So excited for you!! Amazing time!!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Woooo hip! :) You rocked it! You totally deserved it after working so hard for it this summer. I'm so glad all of you guys did so great in the race so you could all celebrate together!!! Congrats!!!

Becky said...

I'm so proud of you! Enjoy the rest of your trip and happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving tomorrow!!!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Yaaaa! You did awesome and looked so strong every time I caught a glimpse of you up ahead. I'm so glad we could do this race together. I had an AMAZING and refreshing weekend :)

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Whoops! That comment up above was MINE :)

B and B said...

Good for you, Lisa! I'm so glad you felt good and enjoyed the event. Safe travels.

Marlys said...

Sounds like you had an overall great trip! I'm so happy you ran the race in that time! And your friend running the full in 3:44 is awsome! WOW!

Carolina John said...

Hill runs rock! Congrats again on a serious PR. That's really knocking it out of the park!

Mandy said...

So, so happy for you! You did amazing! Very proud of you friend!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Congrats on the amazing time!!!!! You rocked it!!!!!

Anaïs said...

Congrats Lisa!! That is AMAZING!! And you look so very happy :)

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

You totally rocked this race! Seems to me like you need to pick super fun locations for future PRs! =)