Two very different half’s

Two very different half’s

Soaring Wings
Half Marathon
10/25/11
Midsouth Championship Half Marathon
11/05/11
Mile 1
7:01
7:15
Mile 2
7:01
7:10
Mile 3
6:57
7:12
Mile 4
7:08
7:13
Mile 5
6:59
7:14
Mile 6
7:17
7:20
Mile 7
7:20
7:18
Mile 8
7:36
7:09
Mile 9
7:33
7:17
Mile 10
7:37
7:13
Mile 11
7:35
7:13
Mile 12
7:34
7:03
Mile 13
7:20
6:38
Mile 13.1
1:30
1:14
TOTAL TIME/ avg
1:36:34 (7:21 min. mile)
1:34:35 (7:12 min. mile)

Recently I learned a very important lesson the hard way.  DO NOT start too fast.  Maybe some runners can pull it together if they start on the fast side but not me.  I have a much better racing experience when I negative split. I need to start slower and stay steady.  I have spent the past two Saturday’s running in two very different half marathons and had two completely different experiences.  At Soaring Wings I took off too fast and struggled at the end.  I lost all confidence, motivation and focus.  I did not enjoy being a runner that day. One week later I ran in the Midsouth Championship Half Marathon.  I started conservatively and stayed consistent.  I stayed positive and kept my focused and finished strong.  I loved being a runner.

A happy running stride

5 thoughts on “Two very different half’s

  1. This is great!! I’m taking your advice for my half this Sunday!! 🙂 I always start too fast and I need to “keep the horses in the barn” and let ’em out at the end!

    You’re a speedy runner! Love that you could pull out a 6:38 mile at the end!! AWESOME!! You’re going to do great in your next full!

    Keep it up!! 🙂

    Enjoy your weekend!
    pamula2000@aol.com

  2. Thanks Pam! I would love to hear about your half!! Do you have a blog site? When I click on your name it just brings up the AOL page. Do you have a blog site? Good luck! 🙂

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