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:
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!