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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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  • MIRAGE727
    Outstanding effort! You were all over that Half!
    1755 days ago

    You did emoticon

    Keep up the good work!
    1755 days ago
    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 out..you 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
    1756 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 :-)
    1756 days ago
  • 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!
    1756 days ago
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