Too bad they screwed up the course turn-around and it was only 11.78 miles long. So my 1:33:xx half isn’t really legit. How irritating that they screwed up that bad. So I finished with a 7:59 pace. When we realized they mismeasured the course, I pulled back a bit since it wouldn’t be a legitimate half. Otherwise I think I would have ended up with a PR of around 1:43:xx (current PR 1:44:44).
Highlights from the race:
- I felt strong.
- The pace didn’t feel too horrible. Not easy, but not impossible. I did feel like I was racing it though (until I started holding back after about 7 miles).
- The route was fairly hilly. Nothing drastic (except at the end). But just gradual inclines/declines throughout. They changed the route this year to stay in downtown St. Paul for about the first 1.75 miles. I liked that – it made it more interesting and allowed for more spectators. But it also made for more hills.
- I thought it was good practice for Little Rock, since it was a bit hilly. I really tried to work on my downhill form/pace.
I am sore today. Not sure if it’s from the race or from celebrating my friend’s 40th last night dancing at Zorbaz Gull Lake for 4+ hours in one inch heeled boots.
This week of training was decent, but not quite as many miles as I wanted. And I slacked on the pilates/weights. Might try to get one more pilates session in today still.
Little Rock Marathon Week #8 recap:
Miles Run: 45.6; Biking: 28 minutes: Weights: 1 time; Pilates: 1 time.
- M: biking/weights
- T: 8 miles (8:47; w/ 5x600m at 6:56 pace)
- W: 11.1 miles (9:27)
- Th: 5 miles (8:54)
- F: pilates (abs, buns & thighs)
- Sa: 15 miles (w/ 11.8 race at 7:59 pace; rest slow)
- Su: 6 miles (9:52)
I do feel good about the race though. It was a good test of my fitness. I feel like I am in shape to run a 3:40ish marathon (obviously if everything else fell in place perfectly and the weather and hills don’t mess me up). One more week of hard training and then 3 weeks of taper.