Being about halfway through training for the Richmond Half Marathon, I thought I would do a little update. Especially since I had a very emotional moment during my 8 miler this morning.
A little backstory: I did the Richmond Half Marathon with the Half Marathon Training Team last year. I was nearly 200lbs and had only run/walked a 10k. I had fully caught the running bug and just kept wanting to go further. The training and the race were tough, but I made it. My half time was 3:28:09. I walked much of it but was still proud of my accomplishment to move my body that far. Even having a slight panic attack during the race and doubting my ability to complete the distance.
Since then I started on Weight Watchers and have thus far lost a little over 30lbs. I joined the HMTT again to train for the Richmond Half and settled on a goal of going sub-3:00.
We’ve been running the same routes on our Saturday group/long run so as a data junkie I’ve been able to make comparisons with last year. I remembered this 8 mile run vividly from last year. At about 5 miles, I was spent. I thought, “What the hell have I gotten myself into!? I can’t do this!” I started a death march those 3 miles in, repeating my dog’s name, Oliver, for much of it, Ol-iv-er, Ol-iv-er, as my mantra.
Today when we reached the Boulevard bridge that takes us over the train tracks by the baseball stadium, I looked up and had tears in my eyes. This was the place that during the race last year, I started to panic. Today I felt free. No worries, but I was only 2 miles in. Right before that 5 mile mark, I heard someone say hi to me as they passed, and it was my doctor. I felt a calm, and kept on with my plan of walking one tenth of a mile, and running the remainder.
I think I may just have sub-3:00 in the bag now. So that data I pulled shows that I ran this route 20 minutes faster than I did last year. Also, I think that I made a 10k PB during the run. I glanced down and it was about 6.18 and I was at 1:21. My 10k PR is 1:22:xx.
|2:06:16||8.20 Mi||Pace 15:24|
|1:46:26||8.15 Mi||Pace 13:03.8|