First let me start by saying that my heart goes out to those marathoners who trained for the New York City Marathon and couldn’t run it or find and alternative marathon. And of course my heart goes out also to all those people who are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane and/or Super-storm Sandy
Thoughts on My Half Marathon
I did it! Not only did I ran the Seacoast Half Marathon yesterday, but I ran it strong! I felt great through the first 10 1/2 miles, then not quite so great for the end. But…I did it. I kept a consistent pace throughout the race and finished in under 2 hours in 1:59:22 — a 9:07 pace. I was very happy with my race. I had set a goal of under 2 hours (as last year I finished in 2:02:22). I knocked 3 minutes off my time–yippee! Plus as I said, I had consistent split times right up to the finish.
I guess my training was good this year. Of course there are things I could have/should have done differently. Lessons learned:
- Continue to make time for weight training even while stepping up the running — Unfortunately, as I run more, I let other, cross training activities slide like yoga and weight training.
- Run a 14+ mile long run. I have never run more than 13.1 miles. And while I did get in a 13.1 mile run prior to the race, I’m sure that if I managed to get in a 14.5-15 mile run, I wouldn’t “hit the wall” at 11 miles. I have run 5 half marathons over the years and in each one, I am really ready to be done at 11 miles!
- More speed work. I did manage to get to the track 3 times this summer and run a few shorter races, but more regular speed work would certainly help with the long race.
On a more positive note — Things I did right:
- I firmly believe that my vegan diet, high in plant-based protein made me much stronger. I have never felt as physically healthy and strong as I have since I’ve cut out dairy and virtually all meat (I do eat fish 1-2 times a week).
- My training was consistent this year and I got in a lot more 8-10 mile training runs, and even the 13.1 mile practice on the course.
- Even though my yoga practice waned as the race got closer, I believe that the yoga I’ve done over the past 2 years has also made me a stronger runner. Not only has yoga made me more flexible and balanced, but it trained my breathing to be more relaxed, paced, and I believe more efficient.
If I run this race again, I will set a goal of hitting (or beating) a 9 minute pace which would be an overall time of 1:57:57