Before I delve into the recap, I'll cut to the chase - I managed to PR at this race by over 2 minutes! My official time was 1:52:14. I didn't go into this race expecting to 'race it' or PR it and I will definitely admit that it wasn't my smartest race, but you live and learn! Here's a recap!
The night before the race, Phil and I had a quiet night in. We made roasted broccoli and this pasta recipe but skipped the mushrooms as someone (ahem, Phil) won't eat mushrooms. It was a simple, delicious recipe and one I'd definitely recommend.
The race didn't start until 9 on Saturday so I got to wake up without an alarm on race morning, which is always nice. I had my usual breakfast of oatmeal with banana and 2 cups of coffee and then headed out the door to take the lightrail to the race. I'm so glad I could get there via public transportation!
|I was kind of over dressed for this race but I don't like using bag drops and I didn't want to be cold waiting for the race to start!|
Here are my splits:
Mile 1 - 8:30
Mile 2 - 8:11 (WAY too fast)
Mile 3 - 8:20
Mile 4 - 8:19
Mile 5 - 8:10 (WAY too fast again, but this mile was mostly downhill)
Mile 6 - 8:20
Mile 7 - 8:19
Mile 8 - 8:25
* This is the point where the pace I ran during the first part of the race started to catch up with me and my pace started to suffer.
Mile 9 - 8:37
Mile 10 - 8:40
* At this point, I knew that I would PR as long as I ran sub-10 minute miles, which I knew I could do. I played a lot of mental games during the last 3 miles and told myself things like: You just have to run 5k more! Only 18 more minutes of discomfort! Less than 9 minutes of discomfort!
Mile 11 - 8:32
Mile 12 - 8:50 (there was a big climb during this mile)
Mile 13 - 8:53
The rest - 8:40
I was SO happy to be done when I crossed the finish line. I grabbed my medal and hobbled down to the area where they had the food, which was SO FAR from the finish line which I think is a poor decision for the race set-up...
I am very happy with my time, but I made a couple of big mistakes during this race. First, I went out way too fast. I shouldn't have been running 8:20 or faster miles in the beginning! Second, I didn't eat anything during the race besides one cup of water and gatorade at each water stop. They did have some gu's at around mile 10 but it was a brand I haven't had before and I didn't want to risk having GI issues in the final part of the course. I know some people can do halves without any fuel besides water/gatorade, but I was reminded on Saturday that I am not one of those people. I felt nauseated and had to force myself to eat afterwards, which is a telltale sign of not properly fueling. Lesson learned - next time I will bring gu's.
I checked the race website for my final results when I got home for my results and was really happy with my stats!
But all in all, I'm very proud of my time and I am excited that I'll be going into marathon training with a great level of fitness!