The Lake Effect Half Marathon was yesterday. It was my first race in about five months. It’s difficult to set a goal when you haven’t raced in so long, but I figured I could run somewhere between 1:16 and 1:17. For the first half of the race, I felt great, and I was definitely on pace to do that! Somewhere around mile 8, I didn’t feel that great anymore and my pace definitely started to slip. In fact, there was a three-mile stretch where I felt like I was falling apart. My stomach felt funky, my legs felt tired and the energy just wasn’t there. With that being said, I regrouped, kept it moving pretty close to six-minute-mile pace and cruised into the finish in 1:17:43 (5:56/mile).
This was a little bit slower than I wanted, but it’s certainly not the end of the world. My training this year as focused on longer distances and higher mileage, and some of that has come at the expense of speed workouts. As you can see with my splits below, I was drifting in the wrong direction, but total disaster was averted.
My next race is The Badgerow Last Man Standing on March 5th. I’m looking forward to it!
Here are the full results from the Lake Effect Half Marathon.
– Until Sunday, I’d never eaten a bagel with peanut butter as a pre-race meal… I probably won’t ever again.
– I raced in my Salomon S-Lab X-Series. As you know, I love these shoes – I’ve raced everything from 4 miles to 62 miles in them… with that being said, I got a (little) blister on my foot on Sunday! Not sure what that is all about.
– This race has been featured in Runner’s World and for good reason – it’s perfectly organized and the course is potentially fast. Both years that I’ve done the race, the weather has been perfect!
Did you run/race over the weekend? How was it?