Last Sunday I ran the Philly Half Marathon, just like I do every year. I love Philly Marathon weekend. Yes, I’m biased but Philly does a damn good job of putting on a spectacular race. And the spectators aren’t half bad either! If you’re looking for a Fall half or full, seriously consider Philly (I ran the full in 2008 so I can attest to its greatness too). Flat, fun, and you can high-five Mayor Nutter at the finish line.
I spectated the 8K on Saturday and watched my 2 friends run their first 8K. They worked their asses off for months and were smiling the whole time.
Sunday was perfect race day weather and my goal was to run a solid effort (my standard goal for 2014). I need to add that if a solid effort didn’t include a 1:4x finish time, I’d be pissed. I saw Megan in my corral and chatted with her until the race started.
My loose race plan was to keep the first mile at 8:40, drop to 8:20, and then drop to (hopefully) 8:00. I’ve done speed work since the Philly RnR so I had some idea of what I was capable of.
M1 – 8:13
M2 – 8:05
M3 – 8:04
M4 – 8:18
M5 – 8:15
M6 – 8:24
M7 – 7:41 (not sure about the accuracy of this one)
M8 – 8:23 (hill)
M9 – 8:21
M10 – 8:49 (hill)
M11 – 8:04
M12 – 8:08
M13 – 8:25
Finish – 1:49:01 (8:18 average pace)
The positives? I’m happy with my pacing. I had a loose plan to follow but, for the most part, I didn’t really pay attention to my watch. I wanted to hone in on HM effort and I think I did that pretty well. And miles 11 and 12 were strong (it helped that I went downhill after mile 10 – full disclosure there!).
The negatives? I can’t stop thinking that my now HM pace (8:18) was once my goal MP. Sigh.
I’m almost 11 months postpartum and I *should* be faster by now. It’s definitely not from lack of trying. I trained smart this year. It’s frustrating to not see more progress.
I’m sick of whining about 2014 and postpartum blah, blah, blah. Fiona will be 1 on January 9th (yikes!) and the “I just had a baby” excuse is no longer in play.
So I started something new (for me) yesterday. But that’s for another post… :)