When I ran my First Half Marathon, Capital City 2009, I didn't know what I was doing and just RAN and ran FAST.. I got a 1:43:49.. My second Half I hoped for a PR but it wasn't my day, thankfully it was a small race and I ended up being the 1st Place woman!! My 3rd Half Marathon I had been sick for 2 weeks leading up to the race. It was Mercer Island on my good friend Amanda's (HERE) Birthday. She was aiming for a PR. I thought about running with her, to help pace her, and to be with my friend, but for some reason we didn't connect. So I ran ALONE, up and down all the HILLS, sick, killing myself. When I finally got to the Finish Line no one was there for me, all of my friends were still on the course. Something in me SNAPPED and since then I have not run a Half Marathon solo..
My 'Pacing' History
|#4- Super Jock & Jill- Pacing Jill to a PR|
|#5- You Go Girl- Pacing Tonya to a PR|
|#6- Seattle RNR- Running with my buddies Amanda/Jess.|
|#7- See Jane- Helping me Tall Sister Jayne finish her First Half|
|#8- You Go Girl- Trying to pace Kim to a sub 2:00, I failed :(|
***Last night I asked Tall Sister, who recently moved down the block, if she would watch the Little Studs so we could run a 10K solo.. She said YES!! Thanks Sister!!
From the first stride I felt AMAZING.. Totally connected with my legs, my breathing, everything felt perfect. I knew that we could kill Muscle Man's 10K PR, which he has improved on every week. It was a BUMMER because MM was off, Dinner was not sitting well and he got a side-ache early on. Everything in me wanted to go FAST, so I kept at a comfortable/fast pace a few steps ahead of him. I could tell he was struggling, but I wanted to test his limits, to see what he would do.
I want to know how to help support him when it gets tough. The answer? Run ahead of him a little. He kept up with me, despite struggling and feeling like crap. I slowed down for mile 4 and asked if he wanted to walk, he said no and kept going. He told me to run ahead, he knew that I wanted to go-go-go. for the next mile I sped ahead, with MM about 100yards behind. He picked up his pace to keep me in site. After the mile I stopped and waited, I wanted to finish the run together. He caught up and we headed toward the car. Overall pace for the run 8:50!! He felt like crap and still pulled out sub 9:00 miles for a 10K!!
With his First Half Marathon 11 days away he is right where he needs to be.. and I won't be SOLO.
****Now Half Marathon #10- Seattle Rock N Roll?? Will I be ready to go it alone again??
Time will tell!!
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