So we decided to drop down and do the half marathon instead of the full 26.2 last weekend in Arizona. Training has felt super difficult in the winter as opposed to spring or summer months and my hips are not holding up on the longer miles. I feel like I want to chop my hips off riiiiiight around mile 17. So being a smart racer this time around, I decided to give myself a break and not feel guilty that I did not run the full. We got to the expo and thought well maybe we should just run the full since we are signed up for it, but you know what? I have the rest of my life to run another marathon. And if it’s true that my body will peak in my late 20’s- early 30’s for longer distances, then why not wait? I will have to do another full when I compete in the Ironman. Hopefully being next year!
My sister and I ran the Arizona half 2 years ago with some friends and it was super hot and muggy. It was my first half marathon and I PR’d! You know that’s something you do when you run a certain distance for the first time ever. My time was 1:39. This year, the weather was amazing and it felt so great out. My body was thanking me for not putting it through a grueling 26.2 miles and I flew. I chopped 4 minutes off of my best time (which was the 1:39 two years ago) and raced 1:35. yahoo!!!! 7:18 average mile pace and I felt strong the entire way. Starting with a 7:00 mile pace for the first few miles and knew I had to relax. My sister and I talked though our strategy during the race and knew we just wanted to stay consistent through the middle 4 miles. Our coach had always told us that everyone has a beginning and end to a race. It’s the middle part where you need to be aware that you must be out of you comfort zone and to keep a consistent pace. We always ended our speed workouts faster than when we began so that was another strategy we had. We ended the last 3 miles with 6:45, 6:50 and 6:40 something. It was pretty cool to knock that big of a chunk of time off and declare a new personal record!
- 5 km-22:57
- 10 km-46:17
- 10 mi-1:14
I ran it with my sister and my friends Tayler and Megan also ran it together. It was a fun sisterly weekend and we stayed at Tayler and Megan’s parent’s amaaaaaaaaaaazing house in Pinnacle Peak. We enjoyed the sun in our faces, the fun talks with their mom and dad, and our just plain RELAXING!
What are your goals for the Spring time?