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VA Beach Half Marathon, Learn & Adjust to What You Can.

Monday, September 06, 2010

WooHoo, …Well was it my best? Did I exceed my expectations/adjusted goals?...yes:-)

I had registered for the Va Beach Rock&Roll Half Marathon shortly after my DC National Marathon finish. I was so motivated by my improvement in my second marathon that I was hoping to train and shoot for a BQ in a year. This half marathon was part of the training schedule and segued well with the family/summer time together.

However, I discovered one has to train to the way their body reacts, not to some arbitrary goal. In short, I injured myself with speed work. The goals/schedule I previously set had to be adjusted. My personal life also took on events that are going to make me unavailable for marathons this upcoming season/year. At least I’ll have this half marathon. It sounds like it was going to be a hoot.

Before race day my loitering long runs averaged between 9:30/9:45 pace. Nowhere near my initial goal of 8 min/mi. I would be very happy with 9 min/mi pace today. For some reason, I run best in races then I do on my own (Duh). And as usual, I’m rushed to get to the race corral after the bag-drop-off, port-a-potty, and a warm-up run. The pre-race chaos-‘n-rush seems typical to me now.

I started my stopwatch as I crossed the chip-timing strip and cruise along. At 5K I see I’m awesome!-) But I’m concerned I’m out too fast, but I feel good. But by mile 6/7 I found myself in trouble. I started to hate this run. I was eager for the 7 mi mark knowing it was more than half way.

I realize I needed to look down and listen to myself, and not looking up and staying with other runners. At miles 10, 11, & 12, I actually walked the watering station gulping down cups of water. Not something I’ve ever done for runs under 15 mi. The good news was once I turned and ran that last mile along the boardwalk, I was back to my old self. The negative split helped me mentally. Of course knowing it’s almost over and on the gorgeous boardwalk helps:-) Overall Pace- 8:40, cool!

Water, sports drink, Banana, and a beer later remind me what I’ve been doing, why, and where I can go from here. Later that night Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon gave tandem concerts on the beach where showing my race bib was the ticket. The concerts were a unique experience for me…
Lessons learned:

*Yeah, maybe getting that Garmin wrist thing would help in training and races.

*Forget the hat. It just seemed to hold in the head heat. Most of the run believe it or not, was on shady roads.

*I’m going to skip the sun block next time. I use the UV-Block stuff (aka kabuki makeup). I just couldn’t stay cool like I normally do.

*Answer and be faithful to the question’s answer: “Should this just be for fun or also going for a PR?”

*Rock Bands age too.

*“The Silver Guy” on the boardwalk is “way cool.”

Thanks for reading,


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MONETRUBY 9/7/2010 9:11PM

    Some really great insight into a race mentality here.

Great job!

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LAURIE5658 9/6/2010 5:34PM

    Alan, THANK YOU for writing this race report and can you tell I was sitting here waiting for it? The hat...I wear a very lightweight one with a black lining that I love. The Garmin...GET ONE!!!! You look like the Garmin type of guy...seriously. Rock stars...most are NOT aging gracefully LOL. The more I read about this HM the more it piques my interest. I am starting to really think about speedwork too and even though it does improve your performance, you are taking chances too.

Great blog and THANK YOU!


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