I do not like to make excuses for a race but going into this half marathon, I did not feel prepared. Let me tell you, I had quite a few reasons not to:
- When I signed up for this race, I thought it was in April not March. I realized in January that it was in March.
- I did two runs over six miles total for the training segment.
- I started teaching an online course this semester (so day job plus extra job) and well my free time got even smaller.
So going into this race, I had lowered my exceptions. My A goal was sub 2 with my B goal being sub 10 min miles (so sub 2:10). As we pulled up to the starting line, I thought about also doing a C goal but was confident enough that I would hit my B. I knew too, not to put too much pressure on myself. The first five miles felt great and I stayed relaxed just picking off other runners. The weather was interesting switching between rain and chilly to humid. I was able to maintain pace through mile eight and then I went off the rails. I tried to remain calm and starting making up mantras the rest of the way.
So I repeated the following:
Mile 9: “This pace is great, this pace is great”
Mile 10: “Mile 11 will be heaven, Mile 11 will be heaven”
Mile 11: “Mile 12 won’t be hell, Mile 12 won’t be hell”
Mile 12: “Almost done, Almost done”
I’m not sure why I was trying to rhythm but it kept my mind focused.
When I passed through the finish, I looked down and my watch read 2:06.
My splits were as follows:
Mile 1: 8:58
Mile 2: 8:49
Mile 3: 8:49
Mile 4: 9:17
Mile 5: 8:35
Mile 6: 8:48
Mile 7: 9:11
Mile 8: 9:43
Mile 9: 9:59
Mile 10: 10:17
Mile 11: 10:15
Mile 12: 12: 19
Mile 13: 10:00
I was glad to make my B goal but I’m super pumped to get to shorter distances the rest of the summer.