Here is my race report from the Half Championships - I finished in 1:17:21 for 32nd place.
Leading up to the race - We have had this event on the
calendar since December. As many know, I have not had the ideal training
cycle for this race. It's really been a tough first half of the year in
terms of injuries. As soon as I heal up from three months of
unexplainable midfoot pain, my SI joints start acting up...that starts
improving only to get hamstring tendonitis. Obviously, I have some work
to do in terms of strength/cross training to prevent these problems.
Anyways, I take it as a victory getting to the start line and being able
The competition for this race was incredible. I have
never been in a race with this kind of depth. Totally intimidating but
exciting at the same time. I warmed up a mile or so followed by 4
minutes of marathon pace. All of us girls watched as the elite men took
off 10 minutes before our race. At the last minute, I decided to wear
only a sports bra as my uniform. That ended up being a smart move
because it was quite warm and humid! I must admit that I'm a little
nervous to see pictures :) I lined up a couple rows back from the start
The race - The horn went off, and there was an
immediate gap between me and the super fast pack. There was a "chase
pack" as well, but they were just 5-10 seconds too fast for me and only a
couple spread out between them and me. A little disappointing because I was
really hoping to be able to tuck in behind others. I came in the first 5K in 18:00
and felt pretty good - a little too fast but not bad because this part
is very flat. The rolling hills started after this point.
I was keeping a pretty solid pace through the 10K at 36:15.
Starting to feel the pace a bit...kept telling myself that I need to
stay mentally focused to maintain the pace. The rollers on the course
made it difficult to gauge how fast/slow I should be running. At around
mile 8 I caught up to the (2:31 marathoner) Dot McMahon who was very
encouraging and for some reason decided to pace me for a mile or so.
This helped a ton because the wind seemed to be blowing significantly at
this point. I went on ahead after a while (although she ended up beating me by one
second). This is where I really started to mentally struggle. The
rolling hills were taking a toll on me because my splits seemed too slow
and my legs were getting tired. 10 mile at 58:45. I was actually still right on pace to break 1:17, although it seemed pretty much out of reach at this point.
rest of the course is downhill to flat and I tried to take advantage of
that. I felt like I was running a solid 5:50 pace only to see that the
pace in the 6:05 range. I just couldn't get myself to push any harder.
My hamstring started to ache at this point and was told that I was limping the last few miles. I did my best and came across the finish line in 1:17:21. I lost quite a bit of time in that last 5K. I tried my hardest and know that I did the best I could today.
- I am very happy with my time today. Fell apart a little at the end,
but that's what happens sometimes when you go for an ambitious goal.
This is the 2nd best performance that I have ever had, and I can't be
upset about that! I didn't feel like I "had it"...just didn't feel like I
had my A game today. It's hard to get that perfect race (but it's
really special when you do). I feel like I needed a little more mental
toughness and endurance to really go for that sub-1:17. I told Jake that
I would probably run a marathon this fall if I broke 1:17....but since I
didn't, I get to chase after it again for the fall instead of the
marathon! :) Probably a little too happy about that.
really glad we came to Duluth to run this race. I can't wait to come
back next year. My friend Allison came in right next to me with a huge PR and then we watched her husband Derek finish strong in the marathon. They have a blog too on www.azparentsontherun.com/ that you should chekc out. Now time to party!!! Pics to come...