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!