I am literally on cloud 9 this morning. Yesterday was one of the most amazing running days of my life. I will go into a full recap later this week, but wanted to pop in and share the good news (in case you don’t feel me on Instagram or Facebook!).
I went into the race with a 1:31:57 half marathon PR that was set 2.5 years ago at the 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia race.
I knew that I was more than trained for a PR. A 1:32 is ~7:00 min/mile pace. My long tempos (6-8 milers) have been closer to the 6:50 range – on tired legs – so I knew that if I ran smart, I had a chance to run that pace for 13 miles.
Coach’s race plan for me was to start conservatively in the park, pick up the pace through Times Square and West Side Highway and then hang on and finish strong. The course fits very well with the way I’ve been tackling tempos – most of my recent ones (last year or so) have been negative split tempos, so I knew that if I just stayed patient early on through the hills in the Park, it could be a good race.
Goal for race was 1:29-1:30. I really wanted to squeak in under 1:30. That was my big goal for the day. But I wasn’t looking to hit specific paces for each mile – I knew my paces were going to fluctuate based on the course and that way I like to run and my goal was more on effort than paces.
I finished in 1:28:10 -> almost a 4 minutes PR (3:47). I set PRs in the 10k, 15k and 10 miler enroute to that finish time, as well!
I knew by mile 7 that it was going to be a good day. I was ticking off miles in the 6:40s and it felt good. Better than good. It felt freaking amazing. And that allowed me to run with a confidence that makes racing fun and exciting and enjoyable.
Congratulations to everyone who raced this weekend – hope you had an amazing race! =)