Movie Madness Half Re-cap and other stuff!!!

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?

Elevation Profile
Distance: 0.15 mi
Elevation: 480.5 ft
 Powered by RunningAHEAD.comElevation: +782.3 ft / -775.5 ft / net: 6.8 ft


  1. says

    WOOT WOOT!!!! Great job Jen!!! You should be so proud of yourself. That hill looks horrible, and especially at mile 10!? You killed it and ran a great race. Nicely done!! I’m getting excited for my marathon in just three weeks – yikes!!!! I had a great (and very windy) 20 miler so I’m feeling ready!

  2. Nina says

    Great job on your race, Jen! I know you will break 1:30 next time with a flatter course! That hill just looks scary!
    I’m usually pretty good at staying on pace from the beginning in races, but my last half, I totally started out too fast. I had a goal that I really wanted to hit and the adrenaline of the start got to me. The last two miles were rough as a result, but I made it and hit my goal anyway.

    • Jen says

      Thanks for your support Nina!!!! I was trying to be careful not to start this race trying to break 1:30…I do think I could do it, I just need the right course and day…and this was not he course!

  3. says

    Nice job on that race! I think it’d be a pretty hard course to negative split on given that insane course profile. By the sounds of it, you should be ready for sub-1:30 in May 🙂
    I’m sooo guilty of going out too fast in races. It’s hard when you’re full of adrenaline and so pumped up at the starting line! Of course having downhills early on doesn’t help with getting carried away on my pace either. I’ve been working on finishing fast on most of my runs though – I remember you posted about it a while back and I think it’s starting to help me remember to keep it slow in the beginning.
    13 days until Boston – eek!

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