Thursday, February 28, 2013

Columbia, SC Half Marathon

Just signed up for another half marathon in Columbia, SC on 9 March.  One of my co-workers that ran the Augusta half talked me into signing up for the Columbia one.  Can't believe I am doing another on two weeks after my first but there is a method behind the madness here.

I am using this as a test for how I have recovered and being able to do almost back to back half marathons.  With the way things are looking for October - November and if all goes to plan, I will have probably two half marathons plus a ten miler along with maybe a 10k and a 5k mixed up in there.  I want to see how my body does so I know what areas I need to train on between now and October.

It's going to be interesting to see how things go.  I think I will be fine and should be recovered enough by next week.  At the same time, what a good way to start the year.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

My First Half Marathon

Completed my first half marathon today, the GRU Augusta Half Marathon.  Started off by getting there about 1 hour early to make sure we got a parking spot.  Today was a beautiful day to run, temp at race start was 45 and by time I finished the race it was at 48.  Started off cloudy then the sun came out about halfway through the race.  It was a pretty well organized race, but then Augusta had done this race for quite a while.  I started of further in the back than I wanted to, wanted to start more in the front to middle.  

The race started on time, which is great.  I have done 5k and 10k races where they started anywhere from 10 - 20 minutes later than published.  The amazing thing I saw today was a young man that did the half marathon in a wheelchair.  Considering a couple of the hills on the route he did a great job of completing the race.   

The hills on the route where a little tough today and there were a couple of little hills I didn't know about between miles 9 and 11.  I ended up walking for about 30 secs a few times, my hamstring was bothering me.  I came in at 2:15:36 (even though Nike said 2:15:55).  I placed 635 out of 921 runners, which I am happy with for my first half marathon.  I enjoyed the run and got to see some of the guys I run with every week along the route.  

Here are my splits for the run:

1 8:32 -- 8'32"/mi

17:33 + 0:29 (-6%) 9'01"/mi

27:00:00 + 0:26 (-5%) 9'27"/mi

37:15:00 + 0:48 (-9%) 10'15"/mi

48:36:00 + 1:06 (-11%) 11'21"/mi

57:58:00 - 1:59 (17%) 9'22"/mi

1:08:17 + 0:57 (-11%) 10'19"/mi

1:19:05 + 0:29 (-5%) 10'48"/mi

1:29:05 - 0:48 (7%) 10'00"/mi

1:40:10 + 1:05 (-11%) 11'05"/mi

1:51:23 + 0:08 (-2%) 11'13"/mi

2:02:49 + 0:13 (-2%) 11'26"/mi
2:14:25 + 0:10 (-2%) 11'36"/m

As you can see the last few miles is where I slowed down quite a bit, this is where my hamstring started bothering me.

This race was a good benchmark for me to build on.  I know I can work on speed work drills to see if I can come in closer to 2 hrs and I know I need to hit the gym more often and do some leg workouts so my hamstrings don't bother me.  My next half marathon will not be until October or November so I have time to work on it.

I have come a long way in the past year and a half or so.  Went from not really running a lot to doing multiple 5k races in Kuwait.  After doing a few more 5k races here in the states last year I moved up to 10k races by completing a couple last year.  My goal was to do my first half last November but after rolling my ankle and being out of commission for a month or two kept me from doing it.  After slowly getting myself healed up and gradually tagging in the mileage I worked my up to this day.  Now I really know what the Runner's high is and I know I will not forget this day.

I can't wait to do my next half marathon, I think I have the bug now.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tomorrow's The Day

Been a bit since I last posted.  Been pretty busy working, running and dabbling in some photography.  Tomorrow is my first half marathon and I can't wait.  I feel that I am ready and been working on carbing up and drinking plenty of water to prepare over the last couple of days.  The temp is suppose to be around 43 at race start and sunny, going to be a great morning to run.  There are three hills that I will have to tackle but I think with all the other runners around and the spectators I probably won't really notice them too much, at least I hope.

Stay tuned for tomorrow as I will post a race recap sometime.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Hit 11 Miles.....

I hit 11 miles this week on a run.   My plan was to do between 9 and 10 miles today but missed my turn and ended up going further.  One good thing is that I made it to 11 miles a week or so earlier than planned, but that's okay.  Now I really feel confident that I can complete the half marathon coming up later this month.

Missing my turn was also a blessing in disguise.  Since my Sunday long runs have been on the half marathon course, so I can get used to the big hill that's on the course, I ended up doing more of the course today.  The reason why it's a blessing in disguise is that there are two additional hills that I knew about but haven't seen till today.  With that being said, those two additional hills kicked my tail.  They were a bit steeper than I thought so missing my turn allowed me to get a taste of them.  Oh, and the last two hills were back to back.

Hitting the 11 miles today helped me get in 22 miles this week.  I wanted to get in more but as usual work got in the way.  I hope I can get in some good mileage next week.  Some of the mileage will be done in the new shoes I got this weekend. I bought a pair of Mizuno Wave Elixir 8. These shoes come in at 8.8oz and feel pretty good. I haven't ran in them yet, plan on doing 3 miles tomorrow to start getting used to them and breaking them in. My Brooks need to retire soon.  The good old Brooks have around 400 miles on them and the tread are starting to really show wear and tear.  The Mizunos felt great in the store and even when running around the parking lot so I hope they feel the same on a longer run.