Half Marathon Memories

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Comments

  1. Marney Roemmelt says:

    Strong work! Good for you!

  2. It is interesting to note that you plan your training out. For the average person, you would think all you really need to do is run. But in this like all things you want to do well, a plan is the roadmap you need to achieve your goals.

    • I plan out my training for a long race so that I’m able to get in the 13 mile (or more) training run in 2 weeks ahead of the race. Then I work backward filling in a 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7 and 6 mile run each Saturday. During the week, I try to get in 2 shorter runs (4-5 miles each).

  3. Grace,
    Congratulations on completing your marathon. I am an avid walker and I appreciate the dedication you have to completing your marathon. You Go Girl. 🙂

  4. Congratulations! I am runner, but have never complete a half marathon or a marathon (yet!). I certainly want to try my hand at one on the near future, if not only for the amazing sense of accomplishment you feel post-race. Even though I only run for fun, since I’ve started weight training I definitely feel stronger when I do go out for runs so I understand what you mean by that. Awesome job, thats really great!

  5. Gary ONeil says:

    Plus you have a cutte new outfit! And shiny white teeth!

  6. Congratulations Grace. As always your dedication amazes me. The lessons learned and the things you did right are the exact same number, so it was a win-win right?

  7. I am working up to a half marathon in the spring, I start with a trainer this weekend, but I do like to get in runs during my lunch break. I have an app for my phone but lately I’m not sure that it’s entirely accurate, do you have an app that you use that you like and think works well?

    • I have a good old fashioned chart. I try to plan out my runs each week and then I record what I actually do.
      No need to worry about time for your first half marathon, just get in the distance. I recommend picking one day each week for your long runs (Saturdays are good because if the weather is bad or something comes up you can move it to Sunday). Try to get in a 13 mile run 2 weeks before the half marathon. Then working backward, make the long runs the weeks before 12 miles, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5. Shoot for 3 other days of running each week working up to a total of 13 miles each week for these shorter runs, maybe 4 miles, 4 miles, 5 mile. And don’t forget to do some core work and REST.

  8. Thanks Grace! I like having the app so that I can track of my distance. I think I will try planning out the runs.

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