Monday, August 26, 2013

Strider Half Marathon Recap

Some races require months of preparation. But other races ... a few days - or even just a few hours - will do.

And that pretty much sums up my Strider Half Marathon race on Saturday. Much like July's Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon, I used this one as a training run. No taper and no warm up before the race since I planned to use the first mile or so to get into a groove. 

I accidentally lined up a bit too far back from the start line and since there were about 2x as many racers as expected at the race, my first mile ended up being really slow - right around 9:05 pace. But I suppose since I skipped my warm up it wasn't a bad thing :) 

A pokey first mile - I'm the girl in the orange shorts :)
 
My goal was steady pace throughout. To keep things interesting, I decided to do a little surge at every hill. It broke the distance up a bit and gave me something to look forward to during the miles. It's a good thing I've been doing a lot of strength training because I definitely felt the last one in my glutes :)

I didn't start picking up the pace until the final half mile or so and waited until seeing the Mile 13 marker to launch a short kick. After crossing the finish line. I felt pretty good - no wanting to collapse on the grass after this one!

Here are my results:

Time: 1:49:14
Pace: 8:21 min/mile
Age Group Place: 8/46
Gender Place: 50/408
Overall Place: 203/792

I was happy with this time since the effort felt reasonably easy throughout and definitely feel I could have run longer at this pace. So training continues to move in the right direction!

I don't think half marathons will ever be my favorite distance but I'm beginning to tolerate them again this year. Who knows - maybe next year I'll even get back to racing them ;) 

My questions for you:

  • Did you do the Strider Half this weekend? If so, how did you do and what are your thoughts on the race? 
  • Do you like racing half marathons? If so, what do you like about the distance?
  • Or, what is your favorite distance to race and why?

Despite the Strider Half having many more participants than anticipated, I think the Badgerland Striders did a great job with the race - it was well organized and a fun time for all!

- ST

8 comments:

  1. Yes, I did run Strider's half last weekend. I did pretty well,finished in just less than 1:40...it was my training run as well...so kept a nice easy pace, felt great. It is a nice flat course, liked the tshirt and specially the post race beer and food.
    Even though I have done quite a few marathon and longer distance races..and I do like ultra races more..I think half marathon is a great mix of endurance as well as speed.
    Not sure yet about my favorite distance. Have done quite a few 10Ks, 20Ks, half marathons, marathons, 50Ks, 50 milers, and one 100 miler.....didnt think of trying to figure out which is my favorite distance...I just like running!!!...But, I do love trail running more.

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    1. Congrats on a great race, Arun! Glad to hear it was a good one for you. I'm in awe of you ultrarunners - I still can't quite wrap my mind around the idea of running more than marathon distance :)

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    2. Thanks Sun. And congrats to you as well. And it was great running into you last week close to Discovery World. Trust me once you finish quite a few marathons...you might want to challenge yourself with even longer distances, at least that's what happened to me. Good luck in your upcoming races Sun.

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    3. Thanks Arun! Best of luck at your upcoming races, too!

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  2. Congrats on a great race! I would love to run my next two halves in the time you did :) My goal time is sub 2 hours!

    I really like half marathons. I'm going to do my first one back in a couple years next month. A little nervous but looking forward to it.

    Happened to stumble upon your blog and discovered you're an Oiselle bird too! Funny how that works.

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    1. Thanks Alicia! Best of luck on your upcoming half marathon - I'm sure you will do great, especially wearing Oiselle gear ;)

      Can't wait to check out your blog!

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  3. Wahoo! Congrats on the race! ahhh, you are so speedy! My goal is to make it under 2hrs one day, right now I am sitting pretty at 2:02 :)

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    1. Thanks Britta! You are so close to sub-2 hours - you'll get there soon :)

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