I had my 1/2 marathon this morning and it turned out better than I would have expected! The course was fairly flat with the execption of a couple of hills, so that made it fast. It still hurt, though, as giving your all always does.
One of the things I love about racing is that even after 12 years, I’m still learning. Today was no exception. My body likes to negative split, so I always aim to start conservatively and pick up speed as I go. I think I have gone overboard with that approach in the past, however, so today I decided to try pushing a bit earlier than I normally would have. I have to say I hurt from the get-go with that approach, but it paid off. I found my desired pace (7:30) by mile 3 and stuck pretty close to it. My fastest mile was a 7:11, somewhere around 5 or 6, and my slowest a 7:54, somewhere around 8 or 9–that point in the 1/2 where you really hurt and still have so much to go! Anyhow, I learned that I can push harder, earlier, and achieve my goal time. I finished in 1:38.
Something else I learned today–my eyes are getting old! I use a plain old Timex Ironman watch and like to hit my splits every mile. The overall time shows up big and the splits show up in a smaller size. I seriously had a hard time reading those smaller splits as I went through the race. Yikes! I think there is a way to switch the numbers around so that you can get the splits as the bigger display, and clearly, I need to figure that out! Ahhh, the aging process.
After the race I did a great canyon hike to a waterfall with my husband and kids. It was great recovery for my tired legs.
I hope everyone had a great weekend!