Last weekend was the Rock and Roll Philly 1/2 marathon. I'm not a big fan of the Competitor Group, but this is just an awesome course with a great field of runners.
I took the train down on Friday night, a very smooth, easy and cheap way to grab packets. While I was down there I volunteered at the PowerBar tent, handing out samples and answering questions. I have to say the PowerBar's commitment to the sport and providing quality products has really impressed me.
|Working the booth on Friday PM.|
The gun went off and I immediately found Mike, Kathleen and Todd. It was nice to have some familiar faces, I think it kept my HR down and kept me relaxed. I really had no "plan" per se, just to see how my legs reacted to some 5:50 miles and how long they could hold on. We went through mile 1 right on target. Todd started to pull ahead and Kathleen backed it down a little. As we went through the next two miles of sun and sun glare I noticed that I was sweating, so I made a point to take water at every other stop.
One thing I like about this race is the amount of competition. You can run 5:45 miles and have a pack to run with. We headed out of the city toward the Art Museum again passing the mile 4 marker.
I was in a good pack here, we were all very consistent.
As we clicked off the miles I was feeling decent. It was cool, I wasn't sweating and the legs weren't feeling too bad. We were starting to pick off runners who went out too fast so that helped mentally. I was still with Mike in a pack of 5-6 runners. As we hit the slight incline at mile 9 and cross the Falls Bridge, Mike started to fall back. We were with 5 or so of the top 13 females who were really battling it out. I cross the bridge and managed to drop the pace into the 5:40's consistently, picking off runners and focusing on finding the Art Museum which meant the finish line. I checked the time as I hit miles 11 and 12 and I thought there was a chance I could get into the 1:15's.
|The slightest uphill at mile 13.....that sweet, aweful pain knowing the finish is 30 seconds away.|
I hit mile 13 and gave it all I had. Wasn't quite enough, but close. 1:16:06. Good enough for my 3rd fastest half marathon. I'll take it, looking back I had averaged 33 miles per week for the last 20 weeks since Boston and I had done NO specific run training. A good day and some good luck picking a manageable pace.
|Good enough for a negative split....|