(Half) Marathon Man

Just to prove last Novembers half marathon was no fluke I did it again. 13.1 miles of pain and this time I actually felt some pain. There is a theory amongst my running group that in the Seattle half marathon I was on some running or Gu induced high because the I really don't remember the 2nd big hill being much of a problem. In fact I felt darn good at the end of the race and beat my 2:11 goal (2:11 is 10 minute mile pace) and ended up around 2:04 (9:30 mile pace)

Well yesterday I had the makings of a cold (that is still today waiting to develop) and a week at GDC with several late nights and lots of alcohol. The Mercer island course has no real big hills but it is pretty much up and down rolling hills for the entire 13.1 miles. Most of the race I felt like I was about to break into a fever and boy I really needed the break at each water stop. Amazingly given how crappy I felt I was still making good time and ended up at 2:00:14. Just 14 seconds over my 2 hour goal time. See that last little hill on the course profile that was easily 14s worth of slowdown. The last 3/4 of a mile were all downhill and easily the best part of the race.

My current training is up to 15.5 miles and I have 5 more weeks to get up beyond 20 miles ready for the full 26.2 in May.


Published 27 March 2006 12:28 AM by zman
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