Monday, May 2, 2011

LI Half Marathon Race Report :)

  Ugghh just typed half this up and then lost it :(  Here we go again.

   Let me preface my report with this: I was not in the best emotional state this weekend, I had some personal issues (which I would love to get out on here, but I realize some things should stay personal.)  I cried off and on all day Saturday and almost started bawling at the starting line (a few tears may have escaped).  Saturday night I kept telling my self just to use the race as an emotional release and that maybe my feelings would help me dig deeper during it.  Whether or not any of this effected my race, I have no clue, but I had to mention it because this stuff was on my mind through out the run and I couldn't imagine completely ignoring it in my write up.

   Saturday night I barely slept, par for the course I suppose. Up at 4:30, english muffin w/ PB and coffee for breakfast, out the door by 6, my dad drove.

   Originally my sister was supposed to run this with me, but she had a lot going on for work this weekend so she withdrew.

Goal going in: 1:45.
Game plan going in: Start out at 8 minute pace and [hopefully] finish strong with a few sub 8's at the end.
This all went out the window once the race started.


   I have a really hard time slowing myself down when a certain pace feels "easy."  And even though I knew I would most likely not be able to hold it, I couldn't help milking those first few miles when they were coming so easy to me.

Here are my splits, yea I crashed and burned at the end ;)
Official chip time: 1:43:40 7:56 pace
467/ 4065 oa   87/ 1892 sex   19/ 323 div

 I have mixed feelings about my time/performance:
  ~ On the one hand I beat my goal time, on the other hand during the race I had thoughts that maybe I could go sub 1:40.  
  ~ Going into the race and even now, I know that I did not specifically train to run my best half.  I got in a few long runs so that I knew I could finish and wouldn't die, but overall my mileage was low and a few longer tempo runs would have been helpful.  Being extra cautious when I was having knee pain stalled my training a bit.  On the brightside, the knee issue seems to have subsided :D
 ~ At 8 miles I was at almost exactly 1 hour.  At this point I knew that as long as I wasn't doing close to 9 min miles I had my 1:45.  I also thought if I could do 8 or just below I'd be right near 1:40, but in the end I just wanted to get those last few miles done and didn't care so much about pace.
 ~  During the last few miles and for a while after I was swearing that I would stick to 5/10ks and that these longer races were not my thing.  Of course now I am thinking about how I could improve my time and when my next half will be.  Definitely no thoughts of a full mary though!

Some other issues during the race:
~  I always make myself so nervous before races and I was freaking out before this one.  I tried to tell myself just finishing would be great, but in my heart I knew I wouldn't be happy with that.  I had so much anxiety that I caused my stomach to be very acidic and was burping up acid during the first few miles, fun.
~ I didn't drink or eat anything during the race.  I am used to skipping all the water stops in 5ks and I did the same in this race.  I did take a cup at one stop and had maybe a drop or 2 of water and then just threw it aside.  I also grabbed a GU at, actually I don't even remember what mile, held it for a while, finally decided to try it, struggled to open it, finally did, squeezed a drop into my mouth, threw the rest aside.  I'm not sure I was too fond of the taste it left in my mouth for the rest of the race either.

  After the race I hung out for a little, it was a gorgeous sunny day, drank a michelob, talked to some people I've met at recent races.  There was one booth that set up a TRX, but I was to tired to do anything other then plop myself in the shade.

   And then I had my cousins baby shower where I refueled with an amazing Italian buffet.  Roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, tomato and mozz, eggplant, wine, it was amazing.


Now it is time to focus my training on that sub 20 in June :D and begin some tri training too!


  I don't have any pictures from the race yet.  Here is a family pic from my dad's retirement party Thursday night instead:

Ooopps almost forgot, thanks to all new followers who helped me get above and beyond 300 :) As  I said I'm not so concerned with getting more and more followers, just that I write stuff that is at least semi interesting/ sometimes informative lol.   But seeing 299 and then 298, and then 299 again. . . well it drove me a little crazy, sooo Thank You :D

26 comments:

Keri said...

Congratulations on your half and meeting your goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope everything is okay! Hang in there...

Julie said...

Great job, Katie. SPEED DEMON! You ROCKED IT!
Congrats on totally beating your goal time!

Christy said...

You seriously rocked your goal! That is awesome. Hugs for the tears I have had a few days like that lately also. also... I am a follower of bodyrock.tv also! Just getting my own blog going dirtroadrunner.blogspot.com if you want to check it out. I found yours off of a comment you made on bodyrock and you helped inspire my running blog so THANKS and one more HOORAY on meeting your goal!

Siobhan @sio 'n the run said...

Congrats on your race speedy lady!! That's an awesome time!

Morgan said...

Way to go out there girl! You kicked some maja booty! I can't believe you didn't fuel at all on the course! I would be so nervous to do that!!! So glad you had a great race and totally owned your goal and then some!

Melissa Cunningham said...

congrats! knew you would get under goal pace!
just hang tight w the personal issues going on. use running as your outlet! it will help with the sub 20 5k!!!
sending hugs!!!!

Rachelle Wardle said...

Congrats on your first half marathon! Your time is excellent especially being your first race. 13.1 is so much different than shorter races.

I am soo much like you and always start out way to fast I just can't help it though.

Have a good day and I hope things get better for you! :):)

Nelly said...

Awesome job on the race! Sounds like it went great!

I'm amazed that you were able to finish the race without eating or drinking anything, I would die with that strategy, haha For half marathon races I stop at each water stop, and also have 2-3 gus during the race. Hopefully you weren't dehydrated at the end. For shorter races than that, I carry a water belt so I don't have to stop at any water stops so I have my own water.

RoseRunner said...

wow you went out FAST! In some ways, I kind of like banking a little extra time in the beginning too, rather than running negative splits. Maybe one day I'll experiment and see if negative splits work better, but for now I always slow down a little at the end...

You should feel incredibly proud. You beat your goal! who cares how! nothing more you can ask for.

Finallyfit2011 said...

Wow! I only HOPE to one day have speed like that! Great job!!!

Michael said...

Great job on the run and beating your goal time!! It might not have been your best race, but you still did an amazing job!! Hope things are better :)

Dash said...

congrats on your run!!! I love, love, love the LI half! :) Wish I had run it with you!

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Nice job! Such a fast pace in the beginning, awesome!
:)

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Great job! With your speed if you work on taking in a little nutrition you'll smash 1:40.

Twila said...

Great job making your goal! I wish my wall was as "slow" as you wall! You rocked it!

Mike said...

Can I borrow some of that speed of yours? Please!!

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

i am so sorry about your personal issues. That can really drain you before a race, but you still did awesome. Each race is a learning experiment, right?! Love the WINE!

EricaH said...

Congratulations on beating your goal.

Chris K said...

Sorry you had a tough time before the race. I hope you are okay now.

Good job on beating your goal time. I am 100% sure you can easily run sub 1:40 half next time. Just don't start out like the track star you are. Slow and steady wins the race.

coach dion said...

You will run so much faster, but it will take one race at a time. I have only in a couple of races run the perfect race... been able to push myself to the limit all the way and have ended up with a great PR, other days I have fought the whole way still come home in a good time, but have had that question in my head, WHAT IF the running gods had played ball...

great race well done.

Holley @ Lunges and Lashes said...

so fun! glad you had a good vacation! i love the postal service too, i know what you mean sometimes you are just in the mood for certain music and can't get enough. yay for your followers!

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

Wow that is awesome time...I would so psyched if i could run that fast!!! I don't know how you do it with no water! I wish I could actually train myself not to drink so much so I wouldn't have to pee so much!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

I love that the goal of 8 minute miles was completely wiped out, but yet you still pulled off the overall time goal.

I'm SO the same person. I hear all about the negative split idea and know that I'll never be able to do it; I like jetting out from the start too much. =P

Awesome race!! Hope everything else turns out ok.

Neon Blonde Runner said...

Girl, congrats on a SPEEDY race!

I've never tried GUs while running and I know when I start doing longer races, I'm going to have to work on it during practice runs...the thought of them sounds a little nauseating though.

Heidi said...

Congrats! I think you had a very successful race. You did awesome. Keep up the great work.

Adam said...

NICE WORK!! Way to go on the finish. I hear you on not hitting your #1 goal, but hitting the #2 goal is still awesome!

I hope you get your personal stuffs figured out. You're right. Some stuff does not belong on the blog