Sunday, May 13, 2012
I couldn't have asked for a better day for my first half marathon. It was in the high 50s as I arrived at the starting area and steadily climbed into the mid-60s over the next few hours. The sky was clear, the sun was bright, the wind was still, and the company was great! Honestly, I couldn't have asked for more and very grateful to the Lord for his grace!
As a bona fide turtle, my goal was to come in at 2:40:00 or less but I thought I would hit pretty close to that mark. I had been training at about 11:30 miles which included walking and jogging in five minute cycles (1.5 min walk, 3.5 jog with some exceptions) but given the couple of extra miles on top of my training jogs I figured this was a good goal time.
Some where around 2,000 runners lined up for the start and I chose my pacing group: goal of 2:30 with 11:26 miles. I figured I could stay with them for a while and perhaps even surprise myself and stay with them until the end. Since this group planned to jog the entire course with little or no walking intervals, their jogging pace was slower than that at which I had been training and so, in violation of the way I had been training, I jogged with them for 10 and then 20 and then 30 minutes with only a couple of brief walking intervals--if you can even call them that--and before you know it I had jogged with them for seven miles! Wow, that surprised me. That's more than double of the farthest I've ever jogged with so few walking breaks.
But it also wore me out. I had to let them go at that point and do things my way from there on out, which I did. I still felt fairly good so I did intervals of 1 min walking and 4 minutes jogging pretty much all the way to the end with only one or two exceptions. My times really slowed down at this time because I was pretty tanked, but that was okay with me. I felt that having jogged so long with a group like that was an accomplishment in itself and I had no problem putting in a series of slower miles.
Around mile 11 or 12 I was very tired but I tried to just focus on the interval that was in front of me and not think about it so much. This helped a lot and I was able to finish strong, at least for a turtle! I completed the last 0.1 in one minute which, after 13 miles, was pretty good for me! Felt good to finish strong.
I came in at 2:34:57, slightly more than five minutes ahead of schedule and I'm happy with that. Below are my splits for the day. Tomorrow I want to write about why I feel this half marathon was a success. God bless you all and thanks for reading.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
I did it! I'm going to blog more about this, in pieces, over the next few days but for today I just want to say that the training plan worked, the plan for the day worked, the weather was perfect--what a gift from the Lord--and I had tons of fun!
I am "The Blazing Turtle" so my goal was 2:40:00 or less, and my actual time was...drum roll please...
Praise God and for all your encouragement, Spark Friends! More to come, thanks for reading.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Wow, hard to believe it's here, but tomorrow, Lord willing, I will mostly jog the Maple Grove Half Marathon. I haven't been feeling well, sick and dizzy and weak, and actually couldn't even complete a 2.1 mile jog yesterday so I walked instead. I'm concerned about this but what can I do? I'll go out there and give it everything I've got and even if I have to power walk instead of jog I'M GOING TO FINISH!
But hoping for better things, I will probably be able to push through the weakness I feel and complete the event as planned. My "Blazing Turtle" goal is 2:40:00 and I'm confident I can do that.
I'm SO excited!
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
After so much preparation, it's hard to believe that the big day is now only four days away! Wow. So I jogged today, about 2.4 miles, I'll walk a little tomorrow along with a very mellow bike ride, I'll jog for 2.1 miles on Thursday, take Friday off, and then meet or beat my goal for the big day.
Now, you must know, or remember, that I'm "The Blazing Turtle"! So my goal is 02:40:00 or better. I've been averaging 11:30 miles, though, so I'm confident that I can beat this time pretty easily, although, I'll have no problem plodding along and even going over that pace. My main goal is to smile a lot, have fun, enjoy the day, glorify God, bless others, and finish my first half!!!
Thanks for reading, hope you have a great evening!
Monday, May 07, 2012
It's my day off and I usually rest on this day, but I was unable to exercise Saturday or Sunday and am very tempted to go out for a ride. It's a beautiful day, although the wind is blowing pretty hard, and my favorite 22 mile bike ride is beckoning me! The issue? I'm scheduled to jog in my first half marathon on Saturday and I don't want to push too hard this week.
So, I don't know what I'm going to do. We'll see how it goes, but one way or another I'm going to enjoy this beautiful day!
Hope you have a great one, too!
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