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Madison Half Marathon Race Review

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Goal time: 2:30
Official time: 2:30:12 with 13.21 miles on my Garmin

I planned to start out slower than the 11:27 minutes mile pace I needed to make goal and gradually speed up over the course of the race. Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans! I haven't downloaded my exact splits yet, but I pretty well followed the 2:30 pacer until mile 10 when I passed her. Glad I did because after the race, she told me her pace was off.

The course had a couple decent hills and some rollers. The first was at mile 2 and was no problem. The second was much steeper, but luckily not very long at mile 9. I had to start my walk interval a few seconds early for that one. I got a little giddy when I passed the pacer and sped up far too much running mile 11 in 10:24. That almost did me in for the final mile. My feet felt like they were encased in concrete. My stomach started rolling. I kept looking at my watch, wondering if I was going to make it. To say I wanted that 2:30 badly would be a huge understatement!! I dug deep and made it with nothing left in the tank! I will admit to a few tears of joy afterwards.

My wonderful BF was waiting for me at the finish with peanut butter crackers and a diet coke - my favorite recovery food! My son and his girlfriend were also there cheering me on.

Things I learned:
1. Visual motivation works for me! Keeping that 2:30 sign within sight during the race helped tremendously.
2. Eat the second Gu!!!!! Even when I don't feel like it!
3. Save the surge for mile 12! emoticon
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  • v MIRAGE727
    Outstanding effort! You were all over that Half!
    1188 days ago

    You did emoticon

    Keep up the good work!
    1188 days ago
  • v MELROSE13
    YOU GO GIRL!!!! Great job!!! What are your walk intervals? My goal for half marathon is 9 run 1 walk. I like that pace..
    Visual goals definitely help...I usually use a person that I have been with for a while, after around mile 3 and the crowds thin know that one that you pass , then they pass you kind of thing. It really helps me a lot..and I hear ya on the GU..lifesavers!!! Better to have it and take it than to feel too drained after!
    So, when is your next one :) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1189 days ago
    Great race report! PS: When you say "feet felt like they were encased in concrete" is when you know you've given it your all and had a great race :-)
    1189 days ago
  • v OWL_20
    'Save the surge for mile 12"--I think those are wise words! Sounds like a great time, though and you did really well! Between your pacer and Junepa's pacer in her HM, I'm not sure I ever want to follow one as they seem to have issues--but then again it's a tough job. Take care and thanks for the recap!
    1189 days ago
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