After Saturday’s crappy showing at the WHYY 12K, I slightly reevaluated my plan of attack for the Philly Half Marathon on Sunday. Many of you said to not give up on my goals and I’m not…I’m just rethinking my approach and being a tad more realistic. Before I get into that though, here are the official results from the 12K:
59:31 (7:59 avg pace)
overall – 73/331
gender – 24/178
division – 9/62
Not too shabby for a crappy race! Painful, hating life race photos to come!
OK, my plan of attack…
THIS WEEK: easy runs! Speed work will not help at this point so I’m just resting my legs, especially after the 12K. I plan to take 2 complete rest days on Friday and Saturday. I’ve done this in the past for a HM and call it my “mini taper”. It has worked well.
1. Do not give up! I will NOT be checking out like I did during the 12K. The Philly HM is my favorite half; I think it’s way better than the Philly RnR Half. The crowd participation is insane for the HM (sorry marathoners, Manayunk is super fun but the run out to Manayunk and back from Manayunk is pretty lonely).
2. I would be happy with a 1:44:xx finish. As long as it’s sub-1:45. Nice, even 8:00 min/miles would get me a 1:45. I’m going to maintain 8:00 pace and hopefully towards the end drop a bit to get that sub-1:45.
3. I’ll probably wear a pace band. I’ve never wore one for a HM but feel it may be necessary for Sunday.
4. Expect it to hurt but enjoy yourself. Remember, I do this for fun 🙂
There are so many bloggers running Philly this weekend, I would love to meet some of you in-person! Anyone up for a mini meet-up pre-race? The race starts at 7am (ouch) but maybe meet at 6:30? Or Saturday? Let me know. Other meet-up ideas are welcome!