So on Friday morning when I woke up I decided that I was going to do this little half marathon over in West Fargo. I needed to get a somewhat longer run in and I figured that this was a decent opportunity to get one in. Plus I haven’t really raced in quite some time so I wanted to get back into the swing of things. Overall it was a pretty good run. Great weather was a bonus. Unfortunately my performance was not as good as I would have liked. Here are a few things that I learned.
1. My distance level speed work has fallen in the shitter. Running the distance is no problem but my speed at the distance is far from great. I am at least 10 to 12 minutes slower than I should be and I am very disappointed in this. I can attribute this to several things.
a. I have not put in nearly as much time as I need to on overall big distances
b. I have not put in nearly as much time running fast on the bigger distances that I do run.
c. I have added almost 7 pounds of muscle (some fat I’m sure) over the past several months due to my increased amount of strength training. Normally I would say this is ok, but for whatever reason, I do not run nearly as well in the low 170’s as I do in the mid 160’s.
2. Don’t wear a pair of running shoes that you haven’t worn in a few months on a longer run.
3. I need to get off the treadmill and back out on the roads way more often.
Overall, I am a little disappointed but a lot of lessons can be learned in disappointment. Here are my overall splits for the race.
Mile 1 – 7:37
Mile 2 – 8:04
Mile 3 – 8:19
Mile 4 – 8:33 (Had a little digestive problem here)
Mile 5 – 8:31 (Still hanging on to my digestive problem)
Mile 6 – 8:31 (Sure wish I could find an outhouse or something)
Mile 7 – 8:30 (Really getting concerned here)
Mile 8 – 9:15 (FOUND ONE)
Mile 9 – 8:09
Mile 10 – 7:55
Mile 11 – 7:45
Mile 12 – 8:03
Mile 13 – 8:08
Mile 13.10 – 8:12
Overall finished in 1:48:16. Also had a few traffic stops along the way (This was not a closed course so we had to wait for cars and stuff)
Fun race, hope they bring it back for another year.