I came into this race not sure what to expect, but I was guessing it was either going to go really well and surprise me or really bad. I was wrong, it went pretty much right down the middle, I didn’t have a bad race but I also didn’t have a good race.
Overall, my race went fine. I held a pretty steady pace the entire race and only faded a little bit in the last half mile. My heart rate slowly climbed the entire race and I finished running hard and with nothing left in the tank. I definitely did not blow up, and didn’t make any pacing mistakes. I just went slower than usual and couldn’t speed up.
The only thing I think I could have done better was to get some more running outside in prior to the race. With my work schedule and me getting older and softer, I have trouble getting out to run in the dark when it is below freezing out. My last real run outside was at Ironman Arizona on Nov 18th. Since then I reviewed all my workouts and I did a total of 1 hour of running outside (two easy runs). I don’t know if this affected my race, but my legs sure are trashed today (Monday after the race).
I’ve done this race 4 of the last 5 years and ran (oldest to most recent):
- · 1:17:5x
- · 1:17:4x
- · 1:18:1x
- · 1:19:38
The thing I’m most bothered by is that the overall I’m getting slower instead of faster (and the conditions we best this year when I went the slowest). I will say that over the same time I am getting faster and better at long course ironman racing.
Maybe I can’t have it all, but I’m going to keep trying to get my run back to where it was about 2 years ago while still holding on to the gains I’ve made on the swim and bike. So it’s time for a few months of focusing on the run and another half marathon.
The best part about doing this race is that I’m fired up again, and I’ve found that I am the most motivated when I am disappointed in myself and feel like I should have done better.