Today's race was not a true race for me. I have not been putting in the miles I need to in order to be where I need to be during some of my Summer races so I figured adding a couple of 1/2 Marathons to my schedule would be a good idea to "jump start" my training.
It is very hard for me (and most runners) not to run hard when you have a pack of runners rubbing up against you and all you hear is their erratic, labored breathing. So, I tried to watch my HR monitor to keep the pace at a "base mile" speed, rather than redlining.
I had a good run but was forced to make a Pit Stop for about 2 minutes because of some stomach issues about midway into the run. Because this was a training run, I am trying not to let my race time define me as a runner. My pace, HR, and overall perceived exertion were in line with my goal to use this race as a training run, but it is difficult to convince myself it was the right thing to do.
In summary, not only was it a mind game to keep my pace slow, but I am now dealing with another mind game to keep a positive outlook on running slow (when I know I could go faster) when the fastest time in my age group was 4 minutes slower than my personal best. However, I am excited to be running so well right now. I only hope I can keep the consistancy I had this week throughout the coming months.
I think I might run this thing next year with a little different goal in mind! Here is how it all went down: