I can’t get over how it’s been a week plus since WR! How’d that happen?! A week ago from when this post is going up I was celebrating a fantastic race at the Texas Roadhouse drinking
I promised some splits when I first wrote my recap last week but I wasn’t wearing the garmin so I didn’t have them. But now I do. Thanks sis 🙂 So enjoy if you’re into this sort of thing. And I’ve tried to add new commentary so it’s not just straight up numbers but I don’t want to really make it another race recap. Because I’ve already done that. I was hoping to have some actual WR pics up by now but I still can’t figure out how to take the pics. Anyone want to do it for me? Then I can relive this race through another post with pictures hahah! The pics that follow are camera shots from my Cannon so I apologize for the icky quality, which is why I only included one at the moment 🙂
mile 1: 7:10
mile 2: 7:12
mile 3: 7:09
mile 4: 7:11
mile 5: 7:14
mile 6: 7:11
The “easy” miles. Or rather the really fun miles because me and Liz were just so excited to be doing this thaaaaaang! Can you say practically dancing in the streets?
mile 7: 7:12
mile 8: 7:15
mile 9: 7:09
mile 10: 7:11
mile 11: 7:12
mile 12: 7:12
More of the same laughing but getting a bit more serious because the initial “omg we’re doing this!” was replaced by “jeeeeeeeez it’s real”. This is where those boys were making comments about our legs. Silly boys.
mile 13.1: the HALF Marathon mile: 1:34.00
mile 14: 7:17
mile 15: 7:14
mile 16: 7:11
mile 17: 7:12
mile 18: 7:13
Passing through the half at 1:34.00 which is 3 seconds slower than my half-marathon PR that I ran back in September. It was scary to think I was running my marathon at such a fast pace! But a good kind of scary.
mile 19: 7:26
mile 20: 7:21
Slooooooooooooowage. My legs were hurting. Bad.
mile 21: 7:09
mile 22: 7:04
mile 23: 7:01
The Dolly Parton “hills” were in here somewhere. My legs and hammys were burning and on FIRE but I saw someone where a BC (Boston College) sweatshirt and gave a holler to him. That lifted me up a lot. It also lifted me up to see my friend playing trumpet around mile 20. It was awesome!
mile 24: 7:00
mile 25: 6:49
mile 26.2: 6:42
I’m going to just repost what I originally wrote on my recap:
- Holy @#$& these last few miles suck.
- Holy #$@% I could break 3:10 (thought at mile marker 26)
- Holy !@#$ I just did (thought at finish line)
Again: Final official time was 3:09.26
And more interesting stats:
- Over the final 25% of the race I passed 84 runners and only 1 passed me
- I finished ahead of 96% of male finishers (holllleeeerrrrr)
- My average overall speed was 8.3mph
- Broken down by quarter my speed was: 8.2, 8.3, 8.2, 8.5
Obviously a great race and I’ve kept meaning to do a post-WR post but I’ve been (obviously) putting it off because I don’t *really* know what to say. Oops.
But I guess the overall gist is that post-WR I still don’t really feel like it happened. Don’t get me wrong: my body feels like it happened but the trip was so amazing and awesome and was just wonderful (from the people I hung out with to the 26.2 miles run) that it just seems surreal.
Especially since I only really trained for 5.5 weeks! I do think this helped me immensely and was definitely a factor in my successful race. I don’t know if I’d recommend this strategy to anyone but I got that mental monkey off my back. Other things that helped me for this race:
- Rest days. I’m notoriously bad at taking them but I didn’t run at all the Friday or Saturday before. I did walk about a great deal but no running
- Pure track work. I did speed work sessions before Boston last spring but I felt very focused on it this time around and I fell in love with the high school track. AKA not the TM where I was doing my intervals before. And keeping it *just* track work. In my zeal last cycle I also remember doing hills after intervals. While that sounded hardcore at the time it might not have been the best.
- Training for the course. While with Boston I made sure to get those hills in, for WR I didn’t need too. Or at least I didn’t need to do them specifically. RI is plenty hilly enough, Dallas not so much. My regular routes had just enough to keep me prepared.
- Tempos. I hate them. With a passion but I executed them very well. I may have run a few of them “too fast”. At least for what my original goal was (3:20) going into the race
- I hate to say it but the dreaded 2 X 3 miles. I hate this more than tempos but in the end I smashed my goal so it was all good.