After a brutal training period – with crazy cold and snow – it’s the heat that got us on marathon day. The organizers of the Med City Marathon ended up cancelling the marathon and 20 mile races, and shortening them to a half marathon, because of high temps (97 degrees), high humidity and no wind. When I heard they were doing this, I was disappointed and irritated. But when I was running the half, I was very relieved that it was only a half.
Since it was so hot and the marathon was out, I decided to try something that I’ve been wanting to try in a race for a long time. I did the entire 13.1 in a run/walk method. I did 10 minutes of running, 30 seconds of walking. Repeat. I didn’t have target paces – just thought I’d do what was comfortable. Using this method I ended up with a 2:03:XX half marathon, with a 9:21 average pace. I know there is no way I would have averaged that pace without the walk breaks. I REALLY liked this method because it gave me something to focus on (“I can get through the next 10 minutes”, “just 3 more minutes til I get a walk break”, etc.). I also loved the walk breaks and found that they kept my legs feeling fresh and after each walk break I was able to go at a faster pace than I had been for the whole 10 minute period. I am definitely going to try this method in a marathon.
The weekend was really fun. My fans all showed up (mom, dad, Scott)!
The weekend, in photos.