Let’s start with the first number which is very impressive.
There were 26,482 finishers for the Airbnb Brooklyn Half. This is a record breaking US finish count for a 2015 Half Marathon. I am happy and honored to say that I am one of them. More women than men finished too with 18,759 women crossing the finish line.
Then there is my finish time which not as impressive, but a good time that I am very happy with.
Official Time 2:14:47
This is right where I wanted to be. I wanted to be at 2:15, so I can’t believe how on the mark that I was with this. Might have something to do with that I followed a plan this time. What was my plan you ask?
Go out at 10:20-30 for the first 10, start cutting down the last few miles a few seconds a mile.
I will say that in the beginning it was hard to follow the plan, but I reigned myself in. It wasn’t hard because I’m Speedy Gonzales. It was hard because I always go out too fast. It was hard because I was caught up in the excitement of the start of the race. It was hard because my ego took a little bit of a bruise allowing myself to be passed and needed to be seriously checked. It was easy though because I knew I had a plan that I needed to follow. I think I like having a plan now that I’ve experienced running with one.
As far as the ego even though I know I’m not competing against the other runners, it really is an ego killer being passed left and right by them. It’s human nature (or at least mine) to want to pass them and not be the one feeling like your left in the dust. That is UNTIL you remind yourself that you need to stick to pace and not theirs. I’ve heard race bystanders yell at other races and even yesterday the chant, “Your race, Your Pace.” I never gave it much thought till yesterday where I internalized and owned it. It made so much sense. This was my race and I needed to run it. I needed to allow myself to be passed. I was not competing with those passing me. I was challenging myself and in order to do that I had to follow my pace. It was a good pace too. And although I didn’t hit every mile goal I was pretty darn close.
This was right where I wanted to be. I was doing the math to keep me there and I used my Garmin to keep me on pace. If you know me too, you know that I hate math but it kept my mind occupied. Each mile I would mentally add my goal 10:20 to my time and try to hit the target. More often than not, I did. Although, I do need to adjust my setting for time display as it was only giving hours and minutes and not seconds which really is key in pacing. Then at mile 10, I took some Gatorade and allowed myself some freedom.
Mile 11 – 10:00
Mile 12 – 9:56
Mile 13 – 9:39
Then the .1 at 8:21 as I always like to sprint at the end if I can which I did since I controlled my pace!
I think because I kept a good pace that it helped with my feet too. I was able to run without the foot pain that has made me walk during races in the past. I think it is a combination of new shoes, new running plan, and just being a little smarter in my running lately (thanks to my running coach). Now this is not to say that after the race I was fine because I did have some heal pain and it’s not that my feet were not sore. They were and I did waddle a little on the walk to the car, but
Runable and livable..
There is more to talk about as this really was a great event.
Tomorrow, I’ll tell you a little more about the actual event and not just boring but important numbers:)
Do you follow a race plan?
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