Today has been very active!
The Maple Grove Half Marathon ended up being a very solid training run. I know you are dying to know if I ran with or without garmin, huh? I ran naked! No garmin. Felt very strange. I kept looking down at wrist every time I’d pass a mile marker. Since it was just a training run, and i wasn’t racing, I was ok with it. But I don’t think I could do it in a real race (unless there were pacers, then maybe).
For those of you who don’t want details, I’ll give you the scoop. 1:42:18. 7:49 pace. 3rd place in my age group (F40 – 49). OA 75/619.
Anyway, the half marathon was the best feeling half marathon I’ve ever done. It was a perfectly executed run, if I do say so myself! The course was described as having “challenging hills”. It was very hilly! I definitely wouldn’t have picked this race if I was trying to PR. But for a training run, it was perfect. My breathing never felt horrible. And I didn’t feel like I was racing. So – anyway, I ran the first 3 miles with the 1:40 (7:38 pace) pacer. He commented that I should be able to maintain that the whole way, because my breathing sounded ok. I swear right after he said that we hit the first “challenging” hill and he left me in the dust. I could have pushed it and stayed with him, but since I’m only 3 weeks post-Lansing and 6 weeks til Grandma’s, I didn’t want to risk hurting myself. So I backed off on the pace for the next 7 miles. Since I didn’t have garmin, I’m not sure what I was at. If I had to guess, I’d say about 7:50 – 7:55. Then at the 10 mile mark, I picked it up. And made it my goal to pass people and not get passed for the last 3 miles. I was feeling great and so happy that for once in a race I had energy at the end. I passed 8 people. About 1/2 mile from the end a dude did pass me. Cool finish on the track at Maple Grove high school. I had enough energy to sprint around the track. Woot!
I’m excited to see what I can do when I can actually race a half marathon. It felt SO good this morning!
When I got home I went for a 10 mile bike ride. SO gorgeous out. Sunny and 65!
My day in pictures (enjoy the spandex, posting the pics will motivate me to skip dessert!):
Pre-race at home. Took off garmin though. LOVE wearing compression sleeves.
Let’s try it from this side.
How the F does this other foot clip in??
Off I go!