Wow you couldn’t ask for better weather to run a half marathon today. We just finished 3-4 days of steady rain, and the forecast says that it is going to pour rain again for 3-4 days this week. So the race managed to sit right in the middle. I was a little worried at fist about temperatures and how much to wear, the forecast said it was only going to be between 7 and 12 degrees C during the race. I decided to chance it and run cold, so I stripped off my top layer.
The first 3km were pretty cold, but my body soon warmed up and I was good for the rest of the race. I didn’t really break a sweat until about 19 km into the race. I decided this time to really try and hold a steady pace for the whole thing. I felt early on like I was going too slow and wanted to pick up the pace, but I fought the urge and stayed at a nice 4:50ish pace. I knew I wanted to best 1:45:00 this time and that would take some discipline.
The 1:45 pace bunny was in my sights for the first half of the race. During a decent I managed to pass him and stay in front. Once I hit 17km I knew it was really game time. My previous half marathon was good until this point and then I just fell apart. I happy to say that I was able to go non-stop and even increase pace in the last 1.5km. Here’s the timing from the official web-page:
|Event Placement||370 of 3057|
|Sex Placement||277 of 1280|
|Division Placement||51 of 218|
I am really happy with my results. My knees are pretty sore as I sit here and type, but otherwise I feel quite amazing right now. It was a good day. A look at my Garmin stats:
I just got back from my first long bike ride with my brother, and he made me feel like such a noob. My legs are completely depleted now. 42 km in 88 minutes for an average of 28.8 kph is not terrible for a first big ride of the season. The huge hill near the half way point really did me in, plus we were fighting a head wind at that point and I had to shift all the way down to low gear…which is shameful because I hate going that low…I call it the cheater gear. Makes me feel like the 900+ km I put on the trainer over the last 4 months was for nothing.