So last weekend I ran the Run 4 Luv Half Marathon here in Boise.
I’ve been training really hard lately and I feel like it’s showing.
So anyways to the details of the race. Packet pick-up was at the airport hotel which was totally not convient so I skipped it.
Unfortunately not being fully prepared made me a little uneasy. Plus the 11am start time. What the heck? I consider 6:30am sleeping in.
I didn’t set an alarm since I knew I would be up much earlier than needed. 6am rolled around and I was wide awake but hey that’s sleeping in for me so I’ll take it.
Steve offered to drop me off at the race and then go to school while I ran. We left about an hour early since I wanted to give time for packet pickup which took all of 30 seconds. Definitely didn’t need to leave that early but I used the time to stretch and drink gaterade. Two things I’m not good at before a race, stretching and hydrating.
At 5 to 11am, we started gathering at the start line where I checked my watch and started my music.
Mile 1: Went through the park and then had us cross over a bridge to the north side of the river. I wanted to use the first mile to warm up and ease into my goal pace.
Miles 2 – 6.5: The course was an out and back and had aid stations every mile and a half. The support on the course was great and since it was out and back, I knew where to expect the stations on the way back.
Miles 6.5 – 9: After making the sharp turn around to start heading back, I tried to pick up the speed a bit but it just didn’t happen. I decided to just maintain for a bit and try again to get closer to goal pace.
Miles 9 – 11: The course was nice and flat except for the multiple bridges we crossed back and forth over the river. I recall starting up the “hill” to climbing a bridge around mile 9 and the Spice Girls song Wannabe came on. Yep I loved the Spice Girls back in the day and it’s a great upbeat song for running.
Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want,
So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I started singing (in my head) “I wannabe done, really really done.” Ha! It entertained me for a few as I began realizing why I couldn’t speed up. I felt good, nothing hurt but my legs just didn’t feel connected to my body anymore. I sorta felt like I was floating and this disconnect made it feel like I didn’t have control of my legs. I just kept running, maintaining in fear of slowing down. I also kept watching 2 women ahead of me because if they started pulling away then I knew I had to pick it up. Around this time my watch did buzz me a couple of times letting me know I went above my preset goal of slowest pace of 8:20. It buzzes me and then shows an arrow pointing forward meaning speed up! I had the fastest speed set at 6:00, it never buzzed me to slow down. I also was able to pass one of the ladies that I had been following.
Mile 12: Only 1.1 miles to go! Here was where I really should have increased my pace but unfortunately my watch buzzed and I dropped to a 8:30 pace. I knew that area of the course so well. Having run it many times before but all I could think about was being done. I did realize that my Goal A of a 1:45 finish time was going to be missed but as long as I didn’t let the pace drop more I would hit Goal B of 1:50 finish time or under.
Finish line: There was a turn to get to the finish line and once I saw several of my running group friends there cheering, I kicked it up and sprinted the best I could to cross the finish.
Here are my splits after uploading to Mapmyfitness. I’m not sure what’s with mile 1, I’m pretty sure that I didn’t run a 10 minute mile. My watch didn’t show that at the time. I’m pretty happy with the rest of the splits though.
|1.0 mi||10:18 min/mi||00:10:18|
|2.0 mi||08:13 min/mi||00:08:12|
|3.0 mi||08:14 min/mi||00:08:14|
|4.0 mi||08:04 min/mi||00:08:03|
|5.0 mi||08:11 min/mi||00:08:10|
|6.0 mi||08:22 min/mi||00:08:22|
|7.0 mi||08:19 min/mi||00:08:19|
|8.0 mi||08:15 min/mi||00:08:14|
|9.0 mi||08:25 min/mi||00:08:25|
|10.0 mi||08:28 min/mi||00:08:27|
|11.0 mi||08:19 min/mi||00:08:19|
|12.0 mi||08:23 min/mi||00:08:22|
|13.0 mi||08:32 min/mi||00:08:31|
|13.0 mi||06:49 min/mi||00:00:20|
Overall it was a nice small race with good support. I defiitely plan on doing it again next year and maybe that will be my year to be on the podium! I was the 5th female overall so pretty close!
- 5/21: Famous Potato Half Marathon
- 6/18: River of No Return 25k
- 8/21 Xterra Wild Ride Off-Road Triathlon