Today I ran 12.94 slightly hilly miles in 2:05:49. I didn't feel like I was running particularly fast. In fact, my legs felt pretty heavy most of the run and my heart rate was a bit higher than normal on the flats. Around mile 5 I told Nick that I didn't know if my body was feeling up to 13 miles today.
Turns out-- my body was feeling just fine.
I didn't know what my total time was until we reached the driveway and I stopped my watch. I try not to hawk the total time when I'm running. It tends to mess with me. I take it mile-by-mile, and even then I'm not actually looking at the full number on my watch. This is probably one of those weird mental tricks that I play while running, but here's how I approach my run/walk intervals: If we're doing a 9-1 interval that means every walk break will start on a "9". So when I look at my watch I'm not looking at the total number, I'm just looking for a "9". Anyway, I think running by feel versus being concerned about my time played into the speedy run today.
elevation profile from today's run
Now, the big question is-- how can I be so fast on a random Saturday, not having done any special running prep (I ate soup for dinner last night and pancakes for breakfast.. not exactly my typical pre-race meals) but can't seem to break the 2:10:00 barrier on race day? This has plagued me for the last few half marathons I've run.
I'm obviously fast enough. 2:05:49 for 12.94 mi. I know I can run 0.16 miles in less than two minutes. So that definitely would put my time under 2:10:00.
Maybe it's mental. There was zero pressure for me to do anything today except run every single hill. Being speedy was just a side benefit. On race day there seems to be so much more pressure. Most likely self-induced pressure, but it's there nonetheless.
My goal now is to figure out a way to overcome these mental obstacles. I'm strong. I'm healthy. I'm fast. I see a sub-2:10 half marathon in my near running future. Watch out ZOOMA Annapolis-- I'll be there ready to shatter my last half marathon PR!
I'll be breaking this baby out for ZOOMA Annapolis!
Splits from today's run. With the exception of the 11:13 where we were trying to cross a high traffic road and I didn't pause my watch, every split was under the required 9:55 min/mi for a 2:10:00 :)
9:08, 9:29, 9:30, 9:28, 9:38, 9:54, 11:13, 9:53, 9:50, 9:54, 9:47, 9:13, 8:52