Saturday, August 13, 2011

Georgetown 1/2 Marathon - Broke 90 minutes :-)))))

One of my major goals at the start of this year was to break 1:30 for a half marathon.

Well, today I PR'd my previous time by over a minute and a half and ran the Georgetown 1/2 Marathon in 1:29:26 !!

That put me 10th in my division (out of 131 racers) and 114th overall (out of a total field size of about 3,100 runners.

Some quick race notes:

  • It was a beautiful Colorado morning, a little warmer than last year both at the start and finish. 
  • I didn't feel 100% at the start, nor throughout. I felt a little off and my stomach was really bothering me until about mile 8. Still, it felt good to put in a solid performance, even without one of those out-of-body running experiences.
  • I was a little skeptical until about mile 9. Then I looked at my time and knew I just had to keep hanging on. By mile 11 I knew I would probably break 1:30 because I had a solid pace throughout in the bank. I ran pretty much flat splits on every mile - adjusting for hills (both up and down).
  • I've really worked on my downhill running (both on pavement and on dirt). This helped a ton throughout the race.
Next up is the Aetna Park to Park 10 miler on Sept 5th. Then the Denver 1/2 marathon about a month later. Will be interesting to see what time I can pull in on that. Then on to the California International Marathon on 12/4 - my other goal was to break 3 hours for the marathon. Not sure if I'll get there this year, right now I'm feeling like 3:05 - 3:07 is more in the ballpark (which would still be a great time and a PR) - but there's something about those specific barriers (:40 for the 10K, 1:30 for the 1/2 and 3:00 for the marathon).

But right now I'll just hover happy with my PR and sub 90!!

Paige will be at Triathlon Nationals next Saturday and I'm soooo looking forward to be dressed warm and cozy, drinking my Starbucks and cheering her on through all the transitions and to the finish line! It's a nice treat to be a spectator!

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