- 1:57:46 or better [This is an 8:59 min/mile average pace. It would be cool to go sub 9:00 for a half, but this is unrealistic right now I think]
- Less than 1:58:49 [This would be an all-time PR]
- 1:59:59 or better [Sub-2:00. Like the sub-9:00 min/mile goal, this is just a "pretty number" goal]
- Less than 2:02:45 [Minimum goal. This is my "recent history" PR, since I started this running "bout" in May 2010]
- Finish...and do better next time!
|All that spiky crap at the end is me WALKING. I don't think I have ever done that before. Except at the Phoenix full marathon in 2009 but I was injured, so it was allowed.|
|What in the heck was I thinking??|
The other thing that hurt me a bit was mile 7. That was right after the turn around and I saw a bunch of people I knew running the opposite direction and I got some adrenaline from the excitement and accidentally went too fast (that would be an 8:48 on the hilly part of the course). My legs were literally burning by the end of those hills, but by the time I realized it, it was too late. But still, I think I should have been able to make it without walking, even if I did have to drop the pace a lot. The walking was strictly a product of my GIANT FRICKING PANSY-ness (read: all in my head).
So now what? My first instinct was to toss the pace band idea. It's like in school, when I played softball. I loved practices but hated the games because they were too much pressure and I felt bad if I screwed up. Having all these goals and stopwatches and pace bands (and blogs!) puts a lot of pressure on. Maybe the next one I should just go out watch-free and run the upper edge of comfortable and see what happens. (Okay, I'll probably still wear my garmin on like a race belt or somewhere that I can't see it at all, because running is pointless without post-race overanalysis!!)
On the other hand, I didn't do what I said I was going to do. 1) I didn't actually look at the pace band when it was most important to do so (at the end). 2) I didn't change my watch pace to km/hr like I said I was going to do, so I knew exactly what my average pace was for each mile. So I saw that 9:33 and 9:51 out and proud. Probably not good for my head. HOWEVER, seeing the pace at the beginning was really helpful, because I was really holding waaaay back, based on the display. I made myself stay slower than 8:50 and it felt like nothing, like an easy jog, felt like 10:20s or something. If I hadn't had the pace on my watch I'm sure I would have gone out way faster, but not known it because it would have felt slower.
Jeff says I need to get out of my head and stop overthinking things and just run. Probably true. But I feel like I didn't give my plan a fair shake, since I didn't follow it. So should I retry my plan again at the next one (correctly), or go Garmin & pace band commando and let it be?
Music wise, I went without until about mile 4.5, which was when it stopped feeling super-easy. Still not hard, but not easy. Then I took the headphones out again at the end, at like mile 11 or 12 or something when I was angry at the world, including my songs, but really just at myself.
That's it for that. In the words of Scott (my 2:55 marathon friend and unofficial coach): "Chalk that one up as a sacrifice to the running gods." Also, a learning experience for sure.
The race itself was nice. The temp wasn't bad, and I didn't mind the rain, except I got blisters on both of my 2nd toes, which I think was from the dampness, because I don't usually have issues with that. There were plenty of Porta-Johns before the race, and the lines moved quick, so that was a huge bonus. My big beef with this event, and pretty much all Running Fit events that I've been to, was the lack of pace markers at the start. You know, like sub 6:00 line up in front of this sign, sub 8:00 here, sub 10:00 here, etc, etc. The starts of their races are always a disaster, with fast people lined up behind joggers, walkers, strollers, etc. The course was nice, I used to hate out & backs, but I like them now. It's nice to be able to see the elites coming at you when you're on the way out, and to see everybody else on the way back. It's motivating. Plus you know the return course and have a feel for how far along you are. The course had some rolling hills, but nothing bad. I liked it. And of course the medals are awesome.
|This is Irina's medal from the 10K! Mine is basically the same, but it says half-marathon instead, and I'm too lazy to take a picture, especially because she took such a great one!|
Out on the course I also saw Megan & Ryan (watchmegorun.com), Jeff (detroitrunner.com), Rose (hackerhalfmarathon.blogspot.com, on a crazy PR streak!), Melissa (first ever half marathon, congrats x 13.1!), and Reed (first ever full marathon, congrats x 26.2!). I carpooled with David from the A2Runners meetup and he ran his first ever 10K, super speedy style (congrats x 6.2!). I met Irina there, who (I think) did her SIXTH 10K today, and now has officially done more 10Ks than me (congrats x 10 x 6.2, which I think makes 62, but I'm tired so who knows). I *think* I saw Megan of http://www.roadagainmegan.com/ before the start of the 10K, with new baby in tow, but I wasn't sure, and I don't remember her posting anything about this race, so I didn't say hello, I just kind of stared at her creepily.
For an introvert's sport, running sure is social!
Overall: loved the theme, loved the medal, loved the post-race food, loved the expo, liked the course, liked the shirt, TERRIBLE performance by yours truly, and PLEASE Running Fit: organize the line-up at the start by pace. Please.
Now, off to the Big House Big Heart Expo to pick-up our packets for the 5K tomorrow. Phew.