This weekend’s half marathon is really the story of 3 races. I started out strong, I fell into a nice, steady pace that I’m generally comfortable with and was cruising along for awhile at that pace, then things started to go south around the 10 mile mark and times started to drag, my quit caught up to me and I started to run/walk the last few miles, but managed to dig down and fight through the last mile and change to finish stronger than I had been dragging through those last few miles.
All in all, not a bad run, but not even close to a good run, either.
Final time (per my watch): 2:29
2. 9:44 (end race 1)
10. 12:13 (end race 2)
Hydration was a problem. Dietary preparation was a problem. GI preparation was a problem (need to teach the gut what to expect as far as Gatorade on the run). Training was too light. The list can go on and on.
I’m not overly satisfied with the run, but I’m not devastated, either. I knew going in it was going to be a challenging run, and I knew I was a little underprepared. I didn’t expect it to be THAT challenging, though. I thought I was going to finish about 10 minutes faster. Oh well, I know what the road ahead looks like now. I have a LOT of work to do over the next 2 weeks to get ready for the 25k, if I’m going to run that race strong.
The preliminary goal for the 25k (which is 15.5 miles), is 2:40. That’s slightly slower than 10:00/mile. That’s doable. At least it SHOULD be doable. A 10:00/mile marathon is 4:19:00. That’s doable, too.