I ran 1:35:48 – average of 7:19/mile. I was quite happy!! The funny thing is, I did just about everything “wrong” leading up to today. On top of my ankle, my long runs in training were almost non-existent. We got into my in-laws at 2am Friday night, so I was still feeling exhausted. I didn’t eat enough this morning. And overall felt unprepared. Then, during the race, my mile splits were erratic.
Makes me wonder what I can do if I do things right – I’d probably run horrible!! :)
This was my first half marathon (I jumped from a 10 mile race to a marathon). I could get used to this distance. Training for it is not the huge time commitment like it is for a marathon. And it’s simply not as painful! I am sore, but NOTHING like post-marathon. I definitely want to run more marathons, but I also want to run a lot more halfs.
It was a GREAT course and I loved getting to see so much of Philly. Being such a big race, it wasn’t until around mile 7 or 8 that I wasn’t worried about tripping over someones feet. The sides of my knees are actually sore from all the side to side dodging I did! The weather was perfect – mid 40’s and clear. The 1st few miles went by so fast; largely I think from being so distracted by all the people and trying not to trip. I was feeling GREAT through mile 7. Things started to catch up with me a bit at that point, but not horribly. I got nervous I would tank, but I managed to hang on fairly well. My main goal for next time will be to run consistent splits.
For those that are interested, here are my splits:
mile 1: 7:54
mile 2: 7:12
mile 3: 7:28 (includes a quick porta-potty stop)
mile 4: 6:59
mile 5: 7:07
mile 6-7: 14:12 (I some how missed mile 7)
mile 8: 7:24
mile 9: 7:11
mile 10: 7:41
mile 11: 7:19
mile 12: 7:23
All in all, a great day!!!