Philly Marathon Training W13D6
Today’s plan called for 16. I did 16.3. And I saw a zebra.
Part I - BAA Half Marathon
The BAA Half Marathon was the last race in the Distance Medley series which included a 5k in April and a 10k in June. I got a medal for finishing the half marathon and another for the Distance Medley. That’s the reason for all that bling. This was my second year doing the Distance Medley and I have crushed my cumulative time from last year. I don’t know specifics yet on the differential, but I’ll keep you posted.
In order to get to the race, you have to take a shuttle bus. I headed over to where the shuttle buses were and got there about 6:30 am for an 8:30 start time. I met up with rookcanrun at the buses and we headed over to the start. It was super chilly while we waited so I was glad that I decided on a long sleeve shirt to run in. We hung out, hit the porta john, and the baggage check and then headed over to the starting line.
I think it was about 10 and a half minutes after the gun when we crossed the start line. Rookcanrun and I stuck together. For the first quarter of a mile. Then I just couldn’t keep up. I wanted to be smart and not push myself to hard at the beginning. I was running on some tired legs as I had run 23 miles on them in the 3 days prior to the race. I think it took me about three miles to finally feel like they had warmed up. Unfortunately, those three miles were essentially downhill, so no gains made in those as what goes down must come up on an out and back.
I started getting a bit warm, but nothing unbearable. As I was approaching the 5 mile mark, I saw Rookcanrun on the other side of a turnaround that was coming up. Or, rather, he saw me. I was in a zone just putting one foot in front of the other and engrossed in my music when I heard someone frantically calling my name. There were a few other areas where there were turnarounds, so I tried to keep my eyes peeled, but I never saw him again.
As I am in the middle of marathon training, although I wanted to do well, I didn’t want to push myself too hard, so for the first 12 miles, I just kind of ran at a natural feeling pace. We ran through a zoo at around the 12 mile mark. Last year, I wasn’t paying attention and was disappointed I didn’t see any animals, but this time I made sure to look around. And I saw a zebra! Not often I can say that on a run.
I tried to really crank it up for the last 1.1 miles (or 1.3 per Garmin). I felt good throughout the race. I didn’t have any complaints except tired legs.
My official time was 2:19:12. Not very much of a confidence boost when shooting for a 4:45 marathon in a month. However, I have to remember that I am not going to have 23 miles on my legs for the three previous days when I run the marathon. And it was still good for a 6:31 PR from last year. So, I am pretty thrilled with that.
It looks as though I may have just eeked out rookcanrun by less than a minute. He may be faster than me, but I have a better bladder. Ha ha! Although, did I mention that he’s been injured and hasn’t run for a month? So, a very impressive showing in my book. I’ll let him tell you his story though.
Part II - The Final 3 Miles
Today I had a 16-miler on the schedule. It is one of three on the schedule. So, although the half was run at a higher intensity than prescribed, I wasn’t sure if that made up for the distance. And where there are only three of them and 16 miles is the longest run on the plan, I didn’t want to just skip.
So, when I got home, my legs were feeling good, so I decided to head out for a 3 mile run. I walked through the door, changed my shirt, relieved my bladder (off the time clock), and headed back out. It has been so long since I’ve done my 3 mile loop that I actually forgot and goofed it up a bit. It’s okay, I just ran down my street to my house, which I usually walk after I finish the distance. I didn’t care about pace on this. I wanted to take it real easy. Turns out that it was faster than I was supposed to go (11:41-11:52). I guess my legs were just still in fast mode. Fast, being a relative term, obviously.
So, that wraps up another week of training. This one clocked in at 55.8 miles. A personal high. Next week will be 48 miles made up of easy 3, 2 x 3 mile strength, 9 mile tempo, easy 5, easy 8, and long 10.
The phone athlete alerts has been kind of sketchy, so I’m not sure how all you Chicago Marathoners made out, but I did see seechrisrun’s sub 3 marathon. Congrats, man! A truly astounding achievement! I’m going to hop in the shower now, and then I look forward to some lazy time on the couch watching the Patriots and going through my dash to see how everybody did.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!