Saturday, February 11, 2012

HHI Half Marathon Race Report

Today I ran a half marathon.  First race of the year done and dusted! 

I often forget how hard it is to race over the off season.  Like it really hurts.  Like ouch.  Like to the guy that made me sprint at the end - I don't like you.  But I did beat you.  Because you WERE NOT passing me in the final 25 yards.  But seriously, that hurt.  ;)

I really had no idea what to expect today.  Somewhere between 1:25 and 1:30?  When I was a runner I could pretty much predict down to the minute what my race times were going to be.  Running workouts gave good indications.  But now my running workouts don't tell me much.  Mostly because I always seem to do them when I'm really tired and often they have very specific paces/HR goals and aren't "all out".  Anyway, my half marathon PR is 1:23:35 which I consider to be one of my strongest stand alone running PRs.  Oh, did I mention that PR was set on a "downhill" course?  Yeah, so it's kind of like saying your half IM PR is how fast you went in Clearwater (ie: not really a "true" PR).  Also, it was set in October (2 years ago?) when I was pretty much in tip top shape.  So I knew I likely wouldn't run that fast - but I was hoping to be within 2-3 minutes.

Why does 6:15 pace feel so easy at the start of a race but not at the end?  This is the question I asked myself a couple times around mile 10.  :)  I started comfortably and went through the first several miles in the 6:15-6:20 range.  Mile 5 somehow ended up being just a hair over 6 minutes but I think that was because I was chasing a women in front of me.  From there, we climbed a relatively large hill and my pace settled down some into the 6:30-6:35 range.  The course is a big lollipop (after an out and back at the start) so when I started heading back towards home I was in a happy place.  Then we climbed back up over that big hill and the wind (OH THE WIND) was just crushing me and then I went to a very NON-happy place.  Not going to lie, the last 2-3 miles were rough business!  But I suspect that's how races should feel.  :)

Doing the math I realized I could break 1:26 which I very much desired.  So I tried desperately the last mile to MOVE MOVE MOVE!  It wasn't until a guy came up behind me and tried to pass me with about 1/4 mile left that I was finally able to GOOOOOOOOOOO.  But I couldn't drop him.  With about 25 yards to go he tried to pass me again.  OH NO YOU DON'T!  I think we pretty much finished in a dead sprint.  Not sure who won but I'm calling it.  :)

I know it looks like I'm trying to elbow him out of the way but honestly, that's just the way I run.  ;)
In the end I did break 1:26 - maybe 1:25:50?  I was pretty pleased with it given the time of year/my training leading up to it/etc.  And technically if I didn't have my downhill PR from a few years ago, this would be my new PR.  :)  Oh and I won, which is a very nice way to start the racing season!!!  Now here's the trick - can I run that OFF THE BIKE in a half IM?  Perhaps a good future goal...  ;)

It was a fun morning because my parents came.  Dad was picture taker and mom did the 5K Walk!  And then we went to the HHI Diner for breakfast.  YUM!

The two racers.  My mom and I!  :)
Hope everyone has a great weekend!  :)

17 comments:

  1. WOW, awesome job! You are fast!

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  2. Cool! Yea I agree, the first few miles or maybe up to mile 5 I am like "What is all the fuss, i should go faster," then around mile 9 I am ready to be done:) Funny how fast that changes.
    Enjoy your win Beth, well deserved.

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  3. Great job Beth!!! Congratulations!!

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  4. Good Job Beth, that seems like a great time to me. 6:15's usually pretty easy pace for me, but not for 13.1 miles, more like 200 meters. :)

    I wondered what a half time would be for you, now I know. :)

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  5. Congratulations on the W!!!! Hope it was nice to get back to your running roots! (And it's kind of weird to see you in running and not tri clothes!!!)

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  6. Awesome Beth! Hard work pays off! Fomo of the three week training camp with home cooked meals-

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  7. YEAH Beth - way to go out there speedy:)))

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  8. Congrats on the W! Between the great riding weather and the running victories, I may not see you until all the snow goes away in April. PS - your arms DO look like that when you run (you and Carmen Douma from Villanova that I mistook you for in an XC race).

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  9. That picture of the guy trying to catch you is classic! Congrats!

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  10. HOW FUN! My heart sank when I saw you in shorts doing a run race today as it was 4F degrees this AM for my run. I am just jealous is all and Happy you WON and had a great race on all those training miles! Impressive!

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  11. Congrats on the Win Beth!!! All your hard work and training is paying off! :) Love this pic of you and your mom. I bet you are A. just loving the weather... B. enjoying all the good, yummy home-cooked food! From the picture, it looks like your cut on your forehead is starting to heal! Yah!! Now all you need is Oscar there with you:) Enjoy the rest of your training!

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  12. way to go speedy!!!!! totally jealous that youre wearing shorts!

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  13. That was a great race event, thanks for sharing. Congratulations for a great job well done and looking forward always for more updates. I love those pics !

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  14. Nice!

    I love the HHI Diner. We go there for ice cream sundaes at least twice during vacation week :)

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