Well, today wasn’t my day and that’s OK. Really, it is. I tend to beat myself up over races but this was only a 12K and I’m going to cut myself some slack.
FACT #1: I mentally checked out at the turnaround.
This was an out-and-back course (out-and-back on West River Drive is never fun). My pace was feeling hard and, as I predicted, I was hating life. I went around the turning point and just let my pace slip. I was done.
FACT #2: I lost a bit of speed since my last marathon.
The LVM was 2 months ago and I’m currently toeing the line between maintenance running and maintaining my speed. I have been training non-stop for the past 2 years and this is the most lag time I’ve had between marathons (Boston training doesn’t start until around Christmas). I need to allow myself some down time….some time away from weekly speed work. So it’s only natural that I lost some quickness.
FACT #3: I really need to get my iPod fixed. I generally run without music but there are some races where music is a necessity (like today). My iPod has been broke since the NJ Marathon last May!
FACT #4: I can’t wait to run an ultra! I just need to hang in there with the speed work for another couple of months until after Boston.
FACT #5: I need to reevaluate my goals for the Philly Half next weekend…or maybe I’ll have a better day next Sunday!
Here are the Garmin stats. A 12K is 7.45 miles so I didn’t do too bad running the tangents. Clearly, if I held back more in the beginning I probably would have done better. Mile 6 makes me laugh….yeah, that’s marathon pace!
The best part of today’s race? Hanging out with Sara, Trish, and Ann and having a delicious brunch of french toast with Trish afterwards.
Tomorrow is most certainly a rest day too 🙂