What a great weekend it was!!!! First of all, I LOVE this weather!!!! I love sunny days, I love the warmth, I love the flowers and the green grass, I love the sounds of summer (lawn mowers, birds, kids outside)….I just love it all!!!!
I ran the ZOOMA ANNAPOLIS 1/2 MARATHON on Sat. It was a great race! We ran past the Sate House, Naval Academy and over the Naval Academy Bridge (gorgeous).
I was at first thinking about going for a 1:30. My current PR is 1:32, but this PR was also on a completely flat course. After hearing that this was a hilly course and factoring my off IT band into it, I decided that 1:30 was probably out of my fitness range. I do REALLY feel capable of a 1:30…especially on a flat course…but not yet. I decided to go for 1:35…feeling like that was more accurate. Last year’s winner was 1:37:40 so I had in the back of my mind the possibility of being up front.
The weather was perfect and my husband and kids got up to come with me :)!
Going into the race I kept reminding myself not to go out too fast. I wanted my first few miles to be around 7:05-7:10…no 6:30’s. (my husband was actually reminding me of this more than I was reminding myself 🙂 ).
I didn’t happen that way :/
Mile 1: 6:42- I looked at my watch at just over a half mile and it said 6:34 pace..Ahhhhh! No!!!!! Slow down! It didn’t even feel that fast!
Mile 2: 6:44- oh well….I just decided to go with what felt good
Mile 3: 6:42
Mile 4: 6:56
Mile 5: 7:09- Wishing this was my first mile time
Mile 6: 7:19- a bit hilly but I can do this
Mile 7: 7:55- ugh! Hills are getting to me now
Mile 8: 7:46
Mile 9: 7:56
Mile 10: 7:45
Mile 11: 7:41
Mile 12: 7:08
Mile 13: 7:35
Mile .27: 6:53
I passed 2 people in mile 12.
I loved that I ended pretty fast and I loved how beautiful it was!
I got 2nd in my age group and 11th over all.
I want to work on:
Hills! Hills! Hills!
My mental game. I had moments that I felt like I mentally gave up. I also had some moments that I just zoned out on the pretty scenery and almost forgot I was racing.
I am over all really happy with this race! I want to go over my training paces because I feel like some of my training paces are not lining up with my race times…but I also know I have some things I can work on. Hills and not going out too fast are my two main ones!!! I also want to do some focusing on strength training and core work. I am planning on posting some of the exercises and things that I am doing to improve my over all strength :)…so hold me to it! I have another 1/2 in Sept and a full in November. I may throw a 5 or 10k in before that if I find one close :)!!!!
Who raced this weekend? Tell me all about it.
Any long runs?
Who else is enjoying this awesome weather?!!!!