So my last post was about a very, very bad run I had, 35k of pain and agony. I had a few great ladies smack me upside the head asking me what did I expect the week after a Half Iron Distance Triathlon, sunshine and daisies? Well maybe I did, silly me, I had done back to back epic workout all summer and I did not think this would be any different. A few days later I ran 38K, 15K at the pace I planned on running my half marathon at and the rest at my LSD marathon pace. It was a much better run, 15K non-stop at 6:30 per km and the rest at 7:30. I started to feel better about my marathon.
Today was the Army Run, last year this was my first half marathon and it was not a great race. I struggled through it and was sure glad when it was over. Since then I have run 2 more half marathons, the Disney Wine and Dine and the Goodlife Fitness Toronto half marathon. My time for the Toronto one was much better then the Army run but I still struggled for the last 5k, something I wanted to work on over the summer. All my training during the summer, the swimming and brick workouts were great for triathlons but I was unsure how it would translate for my run today. Well I had nothing to worry about, today was a great race!
Since I have a marathon in 3 weeks I wanted to run fast but not too fast and I ran what I will call a conservatively aggressive race, a nice steady fast pace for 16K and then picked it up steadily for the last 5k, running flat out the last 3.5 k non stop. My plan was to run 6:30 per km but that never happened, except maybe on the odd hill, we struggled to keep the run pace at 6, we wanted to go faster but I wanted to make sure I had something left for the last 5K. We took our walk breaks and I stuck to my nutrition plan and I felt much better then any other race. Last year when I passed the 51 Air Cadet cheer station (my son's squad) I felt terrible, this year I high fived them all and ran strong through the row. I started to fade the last km but I was not giving up, we were so close to finishing and I wanted to finish strong. At the 16k point we were 3 mins up on my per race pace, at the end we were almost 6 mins ahead, we picked up 3 mins in the last 5k, we were on fire.
The final stats are 2:11:33 and a 6:15 per km pace. That is almost 23 mins faster then last year and 13 mins faster then my Toronto time. I will keep today's feeling with me as I run that day, the gratitude I felt, the joy of running and the strength of those who believe in me...I can't wait.