Sunday, April 05, 2009
Sub Two Hour Provo Half Report
Yesterday I ran the Provo City Half as a training run for the Salt Lake Half in two weeks. I had been vascillating about whether or not to run it and finally decided that I was scheduled to run 11 miles that day anyways, so I might as well wake up early and get it over with.
I ran the Salt Lake Half in 2007 pre-pregnancy in around 2:10. I didn't follow a training schedule and just sort of ran. This time, I took a few Marathon Mommies' advice and used the Runner's World schedule that you can adapt to your own goals. I didn't run the schedule perfectly and barely cross-trained or did the speed work I was supposed to, but I did rest a lot and made my long runs count.
Anyways, about the race...A lot of you suggested that I just take it easy on this run and I intended to do that. I didn't sleep well the night before and was really tired as I made my way to the start of the race. Being surrounded by people, however, woke me up, and when the gun went off, I was ready to go. The first 6 miles, I took it easy like I had planned, but then my competitive side kicked in and I started to kick it up a notch. (I will also note, that the last few months I've been training on a treadmill, and I've trained so that I gradually get faster as I run.) My ability to do this in the race, was probably also a bi-product of my training. I hydrated and fueled more before and during this race, and I believe that helped me as well.
Anyways, to make a long story short, around mile 8 I realized that I could meet my goal for Salt Lake if I kept the same pace up, so I did that. I haven't gotten my official time back, but my unofficial time was 1:54. I was really proud that I met my goal to run a sub 2 hour half, but now I'm nervous that I over did it and I'll do bad at Salt Lake. I made a shirt for that race, and am running it in memory of my Grandfather, and I just don't want to screw things up.
My body is sore right now, but isn't everyone's body sore after they run 13.1 miles? I didn't think I went crazy, but to be honest, I don't really know what "race pace" means. If it means to run at an uncomfortable pace the whole race, I didn't do that.
I guess my question for you all is this: How do you think I can repent the next two weeks for running that race a little too fast? I guess I haven't run enough longer races to know if I even need to repent. I was planning on starting to cross train on Tuesday and then running 6 miles on Wednesday, cross training Thursday and Friday, and running 11 miles on Saturday. The next week, which is my race week, I was going to run 3 miles on Monday, 5 on Wednesday, and then cross train on all the other days.
I also plan on getting more sleep the week of the race and starting Salt Lake at a quicker pace.
Anyways, any advice on getting myself ready for this next race would be appreciated. I'm also the world's worst stretcher and could use advice on getting my muscles back to normal. Thanks!