Movie Madness Half Re-cap and other stuff!!! April 5, 2015 by Jen 8 Comments I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! The last few days have been busy and fun for us! I love running half marathons and I ran my first one of the season on Saturday!!! The half marathon distance is challenging, but not as daunting as the full marathon. I ran the Movie Madness Half in Mount Wolf, PA. This was my first time running this race and check out his elevation: That was one crazy hard hill at mile 10.5! The goal I am working towards in the half is breaking 1:30. I went into this race knowing that I am not quite ready for that yet…at least not on this course ( I have my eyes set on May 9th for this). I am also working on not going out like a bandit in the beginning of races. I knew it was going to be windy and I knew about this hill so I decided to go with 1:35 (7:15 per mile) as my race goal. I felt like this was a pace that I should be able to hold, and depending on how the race went possibly pick it up at the end. Here is how the morning went: Woke up 5:15 and had a bagel and coffee. Left for the race at 6:10. Got there 7:10. Got my packet and got ready. 1/2 mile warm up. Mile 1: 6:53- I looked at my watch 1/4 mile in and saw 6:38 (going out too fast)…I was able to take a breath and slow down though. Mile 2: 6:48 Mile 3: 6:39 – this was the giant hill…just going down, which I must say was hard. My quads are a little sore and I am pretty sure this is why! Mile 4: 6:58 Mile 5: 7:02 Mile 6: 6:58. These splits were all faster than my goal, but the pace felt sustainable and I knew the hard hill was coming and might hurt my final miles also. Mile 7: 7:18 Mile 8: 7:07 Mile 9: 7:19 Mile 10: 7:13 Mile 11: 8:28 Mile 12: 7:14 Mile 13: 7:10 Finish time: 1:33.29. 2nd female, 7th overall. Not exactly negative splits, but I am happy with the results. I also found out on my way to the race that my Grandma passed away. She was so loved and very special and will really be missed. Here is a picture from my last visit with her 🙂 Leading up to the race (last week) I backed off the mileage a little and did not do speed work. Monday-Thursday I did a total of 30 miles and took Friday off. Thursday I took my girls and a few friends to a trampoline park. I only got a few pictures because I forgot to charge the battery for my camera (I hate it when that happens). They loved it! Friday my sweet Courtney turned 11! I am having a hard time believing that she is 11!!! She really wanted to make her own birthday cake, so here is her masterpiece! Saturday was the race, some cleaning , and some errands, and Sunday was Easter! I found these great necklaces on Etsy to give my girls for Easter. I was SO excited!!! And…a little egg coloring. By the way, if you did not know, the best way to hard boil eggs…in the oven 325 degrees for 30 minutes in a cupcake pan! Only 2 weeks till Boston!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How was your Easter? Who is getting ready to run Boston?! Are you guilty of starting races too fast? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 01012345678911121314200300400500 mile ft Elevation Profile Distance: 0.15 mi Elevation: 480.5 ft Powered by RunningAHEAD.comElevation: +782.3 ft / -775.5 ft / net: 6.8 ft 99.9 Related PostsAll the races!!!Oh Happy Day!“Embrace the Hill” & a 5k recapFreedom’s Run Half Marathon Re-Cap Not only accepting the “C” goal, but being proud of it!A race on the calendar!!!!!