Monday, June 6, 2011

Dexter Ann Arbor 1/2 Marathon

Race Recap:

Pre-Race Goals:
1. Do not risk re-injury
2. Run even to negative splits
3. Sub 1:30 finish time.

Result:
Goal 1: Check
Goal 2: Check
Goal 3: Check

There were a couple of times during the run that my foot started to bother me more than I would have liked. The pain usually lasted a couple of strides and then gradually lessoned. I noticed that the pain was most intense when I allowed my stride to lengthen and I was running in the direction of automobile traffic(i.e the wrong side of the road runners are supposed to run on. The distance was shorter).

First Half Split: 44:16
Second Half Split: 44:14 (That was close)

Mile Splits:
6:43, 6:46, 6:48, 6:49, 6:50, 6:43, 6:44, 6:41, 6:47, 6:44, 6:40, 6:37, 6:29, 1:00


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In Summary:
I am pleased with my performance given that I have only been running for just over 5-weeks and after taking nearly 7-months off due to a stress fracture.
I was very concerned going into the race about the possibility of injury and overall fitness levels.
I approached the race cautiously in fear of lack of fitness, endurance, and hitting the "wall".
Over the course of the run I kept waiting for that "wall" to come, but thankfully it never did.

I did feel fatigued towards the end of the run but felt confident that I could have maintained this pace (on this day) another 4-5 miles if I needed to and there was adequate on course supplies. Also, I dont know if I have ever finished a race/run where I have not felt fatigued at the end no matter the distance.

It was nice not to really have too worry about nutrition/hydration during a race (in comparison to long-course triathlons) and my strategy was to grab water on the odd numbered miles and gatorade at the even numbered miles. This worked well for the race, however, I was feeling dehydrated during the later miles and more so after the run was over.

My preparation for this race was spent largely running with Shelby. Shelby competed in the 10K and did an outstanding job (new PR for the distance). I owe my race results to her and am thankful to have her as a running partner.