Good workout today on one of the tougher half marathon courses I've run around here. I was hoping to get 13 miles in at 6:30-6:45 pace, but I learned that I'm not quite ready for that. I don't feel race ready and this was a reminder that I need to get training harder. But despite the fact it wasn't what I was hoping for, I still got in a lot better workout than if I did not run the race. Splits:
2 6:37 13:08 Feeling descent and settling into things. Right where I want to be with my pace.
3 6:25 19:33 Looking at my cumulative time, I should be able to throw down a 5k time way under 19 min sometime in the near future.
4-5 13:11 32:45 Still right on pace and all the runners all strung out now. Still feeling okay, but starting to feel a bit uncomfortable and doubting I can hold this pace the rest of the race.
6 6:36 39:31 We are heading out towards the lake and this is really where I'm doubting myself now. Although, I'm still on pace and keeping strong.
7-10 28:09 1:07:31 We cross over the half way mark and this is where I stop at the water table and walk while I take in water. We are on the trail now and I'm trailing a couple of older guys. Stop for a bathroom break and to walk a bit and mentally I'm done.
11-13.1 23:40 1:31:11 A little more walking in here, but I don't walk the last hill that's a beast.
So, overall I guess I got in a good workout. It's weird that I actually felt a lot better during the marathon a few weeks ago than I did today. But like I mentioned before, this was definitely slower than I was expecting (really was expecting between 1:26-1:29ish), but I got a really good workout in and this is good motivation to get training better.
This was a good mileage week for me and I need to build off of this. I feel a bit heavier than I should and hopefully I can continue to get my miles a bit higher. The plan is to really get ready for UVM half in a bit over a month and hopefully I can bring that time down into the 1:25 or lower range.