Yesterday, I got in a good nap, but not after a very slow ride on the stationary bike in the gym, it was more just to get some of the stiffness out. Then a nice stretch. I have limited running on the calendar for the next 2 weeks, so there will be spin classes and strength training.
It’s a bit odd, I am looking forward to the next 2 weeks being lighter on the running, It will quickly build up to 2 summer races, more about those later.
Brooklyn Half Race Recap
Once again my Garmin messed up, not sure what tis going on with it, look like another hard reset is due. luckily NYRR had Automatic extra split time recorders on the course. so here they are:
I am including the race plan by section, which I perviously posted:
First 5 miles – evenly paced, controlled effort. Relaxed. Enjoying yourself. These miles should be roughly 8:05-8:10 pace. If we are going by the GPS, use it, but don’t obsess over it. RUN BY FEEL. You should know what half marathon pace should feel like. Make it feel eeeeeaaassssy.
I followed plan pretty much as was laid out, At least the feel good part, I really shot out quick at the start I checked a few time and I was in the 7:30’s the first mile, then backed it down and tried to run at a comfortable pace, the first 5k a little fast, the second 5k will the single hill slowed me but I settled into a comfortable 8:00 pace, did I just say that? Comfortable & 8:00 pace, progress.
At 10K, I had beaten my previous Personal Best! And I was hardly tired, all I kept thinking was wow cant wait to race that distance again!
Next 3 miles – average around 8:00 pace. Still controlled, still relaxed, just a bit quicker than the first 5 miles. Goal is to still feel good.
At 15K, I was still amazingly consistant, I guess my legs and mind had taken over, another 5k done at 8:00~ pace. at this point I was still feeling good, had had one of the Gels I was carrying, hydration was going well and the the 15K mark I had beaten another race Personal Record. and just 3.8 miles to go.
Last 5.1 – anyone can run 5.1 miles. I know you can do it. You know you can do it. The goal will be to get a few miles under 8 minute pace or get even quicker.
The last 3.8 miles, they were harder, and I made a few minor, lapses here, I slowed more than I should have for the water stops and I hit each one, now I was looking for each mile marker, especially 10 and 11, I was counting down the miles, so I struggled here. 2 things might have helped, check my Garmin and had another Gel pack. The Gel pack might have just be more for a mental jolt than physical but, I should have had it at mile 10. An not slowed so much, taked my last water at mile 11 and stepped it up. Mental…..I couldn’t wait for mile 12 and the miles marker change over meters to go.
At 15k I had a chance at 1:45 by mile 11 I wanted to have enough to finish. At mile 13, the turn to the finish, the last .1 mile and the finish line never looked so good, now just stay on pace less than a minute to go, erasing a 21 year old personal record, see a crowd for the first time since the Prospect Park.
No finish line pictures yet, I hope I smiled…