Happy Marathon Monday!
I sat here last night looking at a blank screen for much longer than normal because I truthfully don’t even know how all of yesterday even happened. If you’ve been following along with my training, you know that I was sick all of last week so I wasn’t able to get any training in and was not eating much at all. I lowered my expectations for yesterday’s half marathon because I just knew that I couldn’t put the same pressure on myself. I tried going for a shake out run on Saturday to see how my legs felt and everything went well but I ran a bit longer than I had wanted to because I got lost (I ran in a new area while I waited for Princeton to be groomed). 7.26 miles is a bit of a long shake out if you ask me. At least he looks cute though…
After my run I had to go to the expo and I also was able to get my new phone set up, which took the store about an hour, so I was on my feet way longer than anticipated. They felt really tired when I got home. Maybe it’s because I took so much time off and then did a lot in one day? No idea. Anyway, I already had my race/post-race gear laid out from Friday (#loseralert) so when I got home I didn’t have too much to do. I think I went to bed around 10pm but kept waking up to pee because for the first time ever I tried to hydrate and my bladder was just like “Nope. Not going to sleep just yet!” Then I got hungry so I went and grabbed some cookies to eat in bed. Can’t go hungry the day before a race! Could have probably chosen something better than cookies but…you know how it is.
I woke up at 6am, got ready, grabbed an apple, a single-serving box of Love Grown Foods Power O’s, and some Vega Sugar-Free Energizer, then headed out to make my way downtown. I got there just after 7am and the race didn’t start until 8:45 but I knew parking would be nuts so I just blasted the heat in my car while getting myself organized. Before I knew it, it was time to head out for a bathroom stop at Starbucks and a quick warm up. I didn’t get to warm up as long as I had hoped (less than a mile) because I was afraid I’d get stuck at the back of my corral so I wanted to make my way up to the front as early as possible (and got to hang out with Michelle Clarke until the gun went off!).
No point form rundown of each mile because I can’t remember everything I was thinking/feeling but here are my splits!Mile 1 – 7:48 Mile 2 – 7:33 Mile 3 – 7:22 Mile 4 – 7:27 Mile 5 – 7:25 Mile 6 – 7:40 Mile 7 – 7:33 Mile 8 – 7:39 Mile 9 – 7:32 Mile 10 – 7:41 Mile 11 – 7:47 Mile 12 – 7:41 Mile 13 – 6: 31 (<- I think this might be wrong because it seems pretty freaking impossible, especially at mile 13) Last 0.51 (my Garmin distance read a little longer than 13.1) – 3:23
I finished in 1:41:05 and my average pace (according to my Garmin) was 7:29/mile.
I really tried to pace myself and be as consistent as possible. It kinda sorta worked. My average pace (according to Sportstats) for the first 10km was 4:43/km (or 7:35/mile) and my pace for the remainder of the race (11.1km) was 4:50/km (or 7:47/mile). My watch read a little longer so there’s a bit of a disconnect with average pace and such but all in all, a decent result. No negative splits…still learning.
Thanks to Coach PK who took this photo and cheered like CRAZY!
To sum it up, I had no idea I would set a new half marathon PR yesterday and actually feel pretty decent while doing it. None. I’ve been struggling to beat my previous PR of 1:44 for years and thought it was just not going to ever be possible. I came close a couple of times but just couldn’t seem to shave those few seconds off and yesterday I shaved minutes. Looks like being sick, not eating, taking five full days off, and being on your feet for too long the night before works for me! Kidding. Kind of. I think it’s because I didn’t put any pressure on myself. I barely looked at my watch during the race and just tried to go based on how I felt. I also had to pee again right at the start of the race and held it the entire time. It was super painful and I actually considered peeing on myself (TMI?) more than once. I didn’t actually do it, don’t worry. I know a handful of people that have though and I can’t imagine that it is a very pleasant feeling!
A bunch of my friends came out to cheer but unfortunately I missed Angela, Jess, Danielle, and Claire [no blog but you can see her pretty face below]. Danielle did make these awesome signs and although I missed them, a lot of people said that they had a good laugh when they saw them on the course!
Danielle and Claire had to leave early so I went to Fresh for lunch with Angela and Jess for some much-needed fuel before heading home. I ordered a vegan clubhouse wrap and sweet potato fries. Hit the spot.
It was such a great day and as crazy as it might be to wake up early, pay ridiculous race entry fees, and wait in the freezing cold to run the streets of my own city…I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now I’m determined to run a sub-1:40 and may or may not make an attempt at the Hamilton Half Marathon in two weeks. We’ll see! Us runners are never satisfied, huh?
Hope you all had a great weekend!