Midsouth Championship Half Marathon: Race Report

Midsouth Championship Half Marathon: Race Report

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again…

Last Saturday I ran a not so good race.  I finished feeling defeated, disappointed and to be honest I was angry.  Angry at myself.  I know I PR’d by a few seconds but I did not run a good race mentally or physically.  I knew I could do better.  I made a last minute decision that evening to register for a race that was less than a week away.  Best decision ever.

I spent most of this past week reflecting on the mistakes I made last week and thinking about what I would do differently a second time around.   The biggest change would be my pace.  I would not shoot for a 7 minute pace.  I tried that and it was a disaster.  One day I will be ready for that pace but I am not quite there.  I decided before the race that I would pace at a 7:15.  I also prayed that I would have a strong and positive attitude the entire race. I would not let myself feel defeated.

Last night I got all my race gear together.  I also got the kids clothes ready, jackets and snacks.  We would be leaving at 6 am and bringing all the kids with us so it was going to be an early morning.  I woke up a few times in the night but for the most part I slept pretty good.  I fed Ashton around 4:30 but was able to fall back asleep for a bit.  The kids did great getting up in the morning and we made it to Wynne by a little after 7.  I picked up my tag and chip and ran a mile warm-up.  I am not a huge fan of the pre-race morning nerves.  However, I think I’m getting a little used to it.  This morning made my 4th race in the past 5 weeks.  Yeah, I kind of went overboard in the race department lately.  Apparently, that is another result of a stress fracture.  Race registration overload. 

Anyway, back to this morning’s race… The marathoners and half-marathoners all lined up and started together.  Everyone started based on their predicted finish times.  When the gun went off I heard one of the men running in the marathon say to a friend, “These are the most important 5 minutes of the whole race.” Not sure if I completely agree with that statement but there is a lot of truth to it.  How you start is very important.  I learned that the hard way last week. I tried to focus on finding my pace.

Mile 1- 7:15.  Perfect pace.  When I saw this split I smiled and knew I was going to nail it. 
Mile 2- 7:10. A little faster than I wanted but it was still within 5 seconds of my target pace so it would work.
Mile 3- 7:12
Mile 4- 7:13
Mile 5- 7:14
Mile 6- 7:20.  I knew this would be a little slower and I was relieved when I saw that it was only a 7:20.  This mile had the biggest incline and the turn-around point for all the half-marathoners.
Mile 7- 7:18
Mile 8- 7:09
Mile 9- 7:17.  My friend and I parted ways at this point.  I felt our pace slipping a little and I wanted to push ahead. I knew she would be able to make her goal time just fine.
Mile 10- 7:13. I had waited so long for the last 5K.
Mile 11- 7:13
Mile 12- 7:03.  There was a really nice downhill this mile and I just coasted down started to kick it in.
Mile 13- 6:38.  My last mile never even saw the 7’s.  I was moving! Did I have too much kick left? It sure felt good.  I even passed one guy I had been following the past 6 miles. Nice!
Mile 13.19- 1:14 (6:29 min. avg.).  The finish was on the track of the Wynne High School.  I LOVE finishing races on a track.  It reminds me of my high school track days. 🙂 I knew I had just crushed my PR and I had a strong, positive attitude the entire race.  Thank you, God!!!

TOTAL TIME: 1:34:34 (unofficial) for 13.19 miles
7:10 avg. pace

Finishing the race and setting my new PR for the Half!

I was the 11th finisher overall and the 2nd female finisher.  After the race I showered and there was a lunch buffet prepared for runners and their families in the gym.  Very nice! The awards program followed and I received the biggest trophy I have ever won in my life.  I am not exaggerating.  It’s ginormous!

I was SO thankful to have John and the kids there today.  I know it’s a lot of work getting everyone together to come but it means so much to see them there cheering me in as I come in and I have such a supportive husband who makes it possible for me to do what I love.

me and my love
How cute is this little guy?! Note the lovely pink blanket. I promise that is Anna’s but he does not seem to mind!    
Me with Kem.  We came in 2nd and 3rd female overall.  Notice Kem’s very cool Boston jacket!
It feels SO GOOD to run the right race.  I stayed focus and strong.  I am feeling so much more confident about heading into the rest of my marathon training now.  I needed this race mentally more than anything else.  Of course, a shiny new PR was a great bonus too!

5 thoughts on “Midsouth Championship Half Marathon: Race Report

  1. LOL ! I thought I had read this one!!
    I have been reading a few race reports by you and had to make sure I got them all 🙂 Love how well you executed this.

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