Well, I ran my first race of 2015 on Saturday.
A 2-minute PR. I’m happy with that, but I really had my sights set on 1:44 or better. I think I was prepared for it and I was trained for it.
Yes, it was humid. Yes, I had an unwelcome visitor with me (Aunt Flo). Yes, the roads were very slick.
Did any of those factors keep me from hitting the time I wanted? NO. I’ve raced under all those conditions before. The outside factors had nothing to do it. It was ME. I can’t blame the weather or anything else.
So what happened? In a nutshell: I went out too fast.
Way too fast. Like WTF was I thinking fast?
You would think someone who has run 7 half marathons and 7 full marathons would have this stuff figured out. And in my head, I did have it figured out. I had a solid plan.
I just didn’t follow it 🙂 Oops…
The plan to hit 1:44 (7:47 pace) was to run the first half or so in the upper 7’s and then let ‘er rip in the last half.
If you’re ready for a good laugh, here’s what I actually did:
Not sure what this missing data business is, but here are the missing splits from my Garmin. *Note: I started my watch late, which is why the time is behind my official time*
Miles 10, 11 and 12 were ROUGH!
If anyone is looking for lessons on how to positive split like a boss, hit me up. I have plenty of valuable tips, such as:
- Go out at your 5K pace in the first mile
- Know you can’t hang on, but get so caught up in the crowds and the fasties around you that you keep trying
- Realize you’re CRAZY and you need to get back on track around mile 3ish and think maybe it’s not too late to get it together
- Start to lose your wheels around mile 7
- Keep it together until mile 10ish, when you essentially give-up
- Walk some – Hey, why not?
- Finish strong, when it’s too little too late
Now, seriously, I am happy with my PR. For real. But, I am also just a little disappointed about not hitting 1:44 like I wanted.
And, crazily enough, I’m also a little bit glad. I needed to have a shitty race. I haven’t had a bad race since before I had Max. Racing since my comeback after Max in 2013 has been going well. I’ve PR’d both the half and the full, and I’ve ran some fun races. I’ve been smart, but conservative.
I didn’t run conservative today. I ran the exact OPPOSITE. And it sucked, and I slogged through it those last few miles.
But, I finished. I toughed it out. I seriously wanted to peel off the course and call my husband to come pick me up.
And I learned a valuable lesson: DON’T GO OUT TOO FAST.
Plus, this gem: STICK TO THE PLAN.
I could give you a blow-by-blow of the miles, but I think the splits above speak for themselves 🙂
So, now I’m in this position where I know I could have done so much better if I had followed my initial plan—I think. So, do I run another half in the next few weeks to redeem myself? There are a number of them in my area in the next few weeks. Namely, one in a nearby city on a Sunday—husband doesn’t work until 4 Sundays—so it’s kind of perfect. Or do I just enjoy the PR and chill until marathon training starts mid-June and run a half during training (probably in September)?
I’m not really sure what I want to do. Racing too soon could result in injury, just for the sake of redeeming myself to myself. That’s kind of silly.
I’ll figure it out. In the meantime, I’ll be recovering from the race with plenty of sweets and wine. And hopefully I’ll have some hilariously awful official race photos soon to share that we can all laugh at.
Any advice on whether I should squeeze in a redemption race soon? Anyone else ever done it?
Tell me about your weekend! Did you race? I hope it went better than mine 🙂