Monday, March 21, 2011

1/2 marathon!!

That is a best time by ~6min.
According to the web results, I was:
1405th out of 10898 runners
368th out of 6150 female runners
72nd out of 1063 female runners in my age group
10k split was 53:24
My 8 mile time was 1:06.55
My average pace was 8:24

I was training for 1:47 and had a goal of under 1:50.
I did see a few friends on the course cheering for me and GAH was there at the finish line!
The weather was ~60 and over cast. A great day for a run.

My splits (from my watch, the mile markers on the course didn't match my GPS watch) :
Mile 1 - 8:28 (trying not to go out too fast, but the crowd was pretty thick, so this was slower than I wanted)
Mile 2 - 8:24 (still thick crowds)
Mile 3 - 8:30
Mile 4 - 8:23
Mile 5 - 8:02
Mile 6 - 8:07
Mile 7 - 8:21 (walked through the water station)
Mile 8 - 8:06
Mile 9 - 8:10
Mile 10 - 8:25 (From Piedmont park to the finish, the course was gradually up hill....tired legs)
Mile 11 - 8:31
Mile 12 - 8:41 (this not good! My legs were killing me at this point)
Mile 13 - 8:17 (the last mile is flat(er)!)

I am extremely happy with my performance. I am taking today off (I did take Molly for a walk) and according to my training book, I should run easy twice this week and cross train. Next week, make the long run, half of my usually distance and run easy. The second week after the race, resume regular training. I have a 10mile race on April 3rd, so I will be taking it easy the next two weeks, but not too easy.


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