Ohio River Road Runners Club Marathon and Half Marathon Recap
Welcome to Fitness Friday # 90
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Last weekend I ran the Ohio River Road Runners Club Half Marathon. This was going to be a half for the sake of training and I had a plan.
Recently I realized that I naively thought ultrarunning was like any other running just more of it. I could not have been more wrong.
Slowly but surely I’m learning.
I started the race telling myself repeatedly “think like an ultrarunner” and find a pace that feels like you can run all day consistently. I reminded myself that this was #2 of b2b runs and the first run was 10 miles the day before. Lastly, I was going to run the half and turn around and add 7 miles for a 20 mile training run. I experienced successes with this training run as well as a few hard lessons.
- I ran the entire half at a consistent 10:40-10:50 goal pace.
- I used the water stops.
- Increasing my pace and a PR did not consume my thoughts.
- I felt like I could run all day.
- I’m beginning to think more in terms of distance and time on my feet.
- After a weekend of running my longest b2b distances so far, 30 miles, I felt like I could do anything!
- I referred to aspects of this race as mistakes. My coach, Christine, called them growing as a runner and finding out what my body can do. Lesson Learned: I HAVE to be more positive.
- I let too much time pass after finishing the half and before I turned around to add on the 7 miles. By the time I crossed the finish line, timing chip cut off, water and a bite to eat and the bathroom my legs felt like lead and running was the last thing they wanted to do. Lesson Learned: Spend minimal time at the aid stations during ultra races. How much time to spend at the aid stations wasn’t something I hadn’t even thought of before now. I need to know how long is too long.
- I could have run the half at a faster pace and stayed consistent. Lesson Learned: Stop underestimating myself.
- The last 7 miles I hesitantly included walking. From every book I’ve read and every podcast I’ve listened to incorporating a run-walk rhythm is a necessity. Lesson Learned: I need to become more comfortable with walking during a race.
One more thing before we link up.
Congratulations to the 13 in 2013 Spring Giveaway:
Flexline Hydration – Gigi Becker
Energy Bits – Lauren
Swiftwick – Kyria
Sweat Pink pink laces – Julie Donahue
Spright Cosmetics – Amanda Lowry
Spright Cosmetics – Pattie Kepshire
Spright Cosmetics – Darlena Kolpack
Spright Cosmetics – Samantha Golden
Active Accessories On-the-Go Pouch – Carrie Skoll
Sportline Home Gym – Shanna McCallum Greenwood
Organic Teas – Rebecca Schaefer
Organic Teas – Natalie Torres
Watch for an email from Jen or I this weekend for details to claim your prize.
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