How’s ZOOMA Florida training going? Well, I haven’t been really doing this thing called “training,” but I really surprised myself at Thanksgiving’s half.
I really wasn’t expecting a PR – mostly because I hadn’t run more than 8-9 miles (twice) since my last half at the beginning of October, and I hadn’t run since my 5k on Saturday (I’ll get to that next). I figured I’d take it easy and do 4/1 run/walk intervals, and set some more conservative goals.
The Subaru Distance Classic
The first 5 or so miles flew by, and I was pleasantly surprised with my pace. I saw plenty of friends and familiar faces in those first few miles, which is always nice. I knew I was on track to PR, but I didn’t want to push myself too much and burn out. Miles 6-8 were my fastest and my pace dropped below 11:00 on each of those miles. I continued to pace myself and remembered that I had wiggle room for a PR. I just wanted to stay consistent and not burn out.
As much as I love the Subaru Distance Classic, I really hate the last mile of this race. It’s through a neighborhood, and there’s multiple turns. I can never remember which one is going to be the last, and it can be a little crushing to make a turn and realize that you have further to go than you thought. Regardless, I stayed strong even though my legs were beginning to burn.
I crossed the finish line at 2:28:35 – a 51 second PR from my 2011 time at this same race.
McKenzie’s Run 5k
As I mentioned before, I hadn’t run since my 5k the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Thanks to my awesome employer, I ran the McKenzie’s Run 5k. Gotta love a free race.
I arrived at Everbank about 45 minutes before the race, and after saying hello to some friends, I made my way to the start line with one of my co-workers… where we stood for what felt like a century since the race started about 45 minutes late.
If you’re a runner you know – 45 minutes makes a big difference. It makes a difference for food and hydration and bathroom and so many reasons. I was hungry and thirsty the entire race, and it was rapidly getting hot and humid. I just wanted to finish the stupid thing from the very first step.
It wasn’t a PR, but it wasn’t a total bust given the circumstances.
6.5 weeks til ZOOMA Florida! A little less than 4 weeks until Jacksonville Bank 1/2! Can’t help but wonder if there’s another PR in my future… I’m also debating whether or not I want to continue down the interval path for these next two. Thoughts?
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