A virtual race report

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 under Exercise, Running | 1 Comment

This is a report on a virtual race, not a report that’s virtual. A Twitter friend was staging a virtual half marathon, and I couldn’t say no. It fell right at the perfect time: I had the weekend open for a long-ish run since my real long run was scheduled for Monday.

Oops. I couldn’t do my long run Monday so it was moved to Sunday. I would be doing two long runs back-to back. Well, that would make things interesting. I was planning on getting an early start but that didn’t happen. No worries. It was a good day for an afternoon marathon.

Miles 1-3
I don’t mind cold weather. I hate when it’s 45-50. It’s too cold to go without gloves – I’m a wuss – and too warm to be really bundled up. The first mile I spent trying to figure out if I needed a hat. I did. Quick car stop and I was back running. I was using the first three miles to see if my Achilles on both feet were healed. I never had a problem, and the first three miles zipped past.

Miles 4-7
I was moving well now and right on a 9:40 or so pace. The wind was starting to slow, and I was having zero problems.

Miles 8-11
About mile 9 I started struggling. The cold was back and I just couldn’t get in a rhythm. I pushed on and soon just had a couple miles to go.

Miles 12-13.1
With the end in sight I picked up the pace. I ended strongly and headed home to recover. After all, I’ve got another long run tomorrow.

Time – 2:09:20

I’m not sure what I’ll run tomorrow. Anything at 10 miles or more will be good. I’m at 77 mikes for the month, just 23 miles from my goal.

One Response to “A virtual race report”

  1. Nathan Maxwell Says:

    Excellent recap of the #VirtualHalfMary race. I had a great time running it today also. :)

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