Sub-90 Minutes for the Half Marathon (2012) (Read 6763 times)

    1:24:52

     

    Yay, me! 

     

    Huge debt to Chris (beat) for pulling me through first 8 miles in smooth even pace!

     

    Speech, speech!

    "If you have the fire, run..." -John Climacus

      Speech, speech!

       

      I'd like to thank the hills that punish me daily, and my wife for putting up with this nonsense.

       

      Seriously, though, went out a bit ambitious. I knew that beat would turn out nice even miles, so I hung with him as long as I could, even though I knew he'd eventually drop me and that it was ultimately maybe unsustainable. I just usually have such a problem with uneven pacing, that I thought it worth it, and if everything broke right maybe I could hang on longer. Well, things went great for 8 miles (49:20 or so), even through 10 was okay (1:03:30), but quickly unraveled with calf cramps after that. Even had to stop twice to work em out in the last mile. My limp-sprint must have looked pretty amusing, but got it done to get in under 1:25. Happy, but I know there's more for me.

      Come all you no-hopers, you jokers and rogues
      We're on the road to nowhere, let's find out where it goes

        Awesome race Kevin!! Yay, you!

         

        So I guess...put me down for another one. Gary Bjorkland Half June 16th.

         

         

          Thanks. And you got it.

          Come all you no-hopers, you jokers and rogues
          We're on the road to nowhere, let's find out where it goes

            1:24:52

             

            Yay, me! 

             

            Huge debt to Chris (beat) for pulling me through first 8 miles in smooth even pace!

             

            To go a full 5 minutes and change under a target goal time is indeed something else !! Well done !!

            I dont sweat. I ooze liquid awesome.

              1:24:52

               

              Yay, me! 

               

              Huge debt to Chris (beat) for pulling me through first 8 miles in smooth even pace!

               

              Nice. 

               

              A few weeks back I looked at your log and got to say this is confirmation, not a surprise. Keep at it. You'll easily go faster.

              C-R


                Wow GK. Great racing.


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                Got Hills?

                  1:24:52

                   

                  Yay, me! 

                   

                  Huge debt to Chris (beat) for pulling me through first 8 miles in smooth even pace!

                   

                  Thanks, Kevin!  and Congratulations on a gutsy race!  You running stride-for-stride with me helped keep my focus.  It was a great day for a race, but I was pretty mutch on the edge of the fastest I could run myself.  I did slow down toward the end too - couldn't take as much advantage in the big down hill as I planned.

                   

                  -Chris

                  "Not to touch the Earth, not to see the Sun, nothing left to do but run, run, run..."

                     I wouldn't discount that, Brendan. 

                     

                    It's good that you are able to identify that maybe your trying to jam too much progress into too short of a time.  I was thinking about that workout this morning.  Really, 4 mi. at 6:34 pace is hard.  I think I did something like that a few months after running 90-minutes for the HM. It was hard.  So, I think you are on a great path, just maybe take a little of the pressure off yourself.  If you don't run a 90 in two months or in 2012, you can always get it next year. Look at Candice S.: she missed in in 2011 and then went under 89 at the beginning of this year. As my friend would say "Where's the fire?"(But he's kind of a lazy dude).

                     

                    One more thing.  I wonder if wearing the HRM kind of fouled you up.  Maybe you put the thing on, got the race jitters, saw a high heart rate, and couldn't relax enough to execute well. 

                     

                    Getting a bit worried now - did a very easy 45 mins yesterday (not in my log yestersday) and my heart rate averaged at 160 !!!. I was running at 8 min mile pace on a nice day with fresh legs - it was at least 10 beats a minute too high... Felt quite lethargic towards the end which is unusual as I am one of those runners who traditionally struggles a bit early in the easy runs before finding my form and finishing strong and relaxed - this was not like that at all...

                     

                    I am getting my bloods checked as I have had high iron legvels in the past but if it;'s not that I'm stumped...

                     

                    Thoughts???

                    2012 Goals:

                    Sub 90 minute Half Marathon - (1.44 disaster in March)

                    Sub 19 minute 5km

                    Sub 40 mins 10km - (42.08 in early May on tough course)

                    Break 1,000 miles for the year for the first time ever...

                    Finish a marathon - time not important

                      Getting a bit worried now - did a very easy 45 mins yesterday (not in my log yestersday) and my heart rate averaged at 160 !!!. I was running at 8 min mile pace on a nice day with fresh legs - it was at least 10 beats a minute too high... Felt quite lethargic towards the end which is unusual as I am one of those runners who traditionally struggles a bit early in the easy runs before finding my form and finishing strong and relaxed - this was not like that at all...

                       

                      I am getting my bloods checked as I have had high iron legvels in the past but if it;'s not that I'm stumped...

                       

                      Thoughts???

                       

                      My instinct is -- and I feel strongly about this -- that the heart rate monitor is really fouling up your training. 

                       

                      Honest question: If you got rid of it, could you still train?  I think this is a perfect time in your training to kiss that thing goodbye.  Your fitness is good (6:34 x 4 didn't feel crazy) and your HM time (1:44) is way off your fitness level.  Even if you "lost" some short term success as you adjusted to HRM-free training, you would still improve your race times in the long-term, I think.

                       

                      What do you think, though? 

                      "If you have the fire, run..." -John Climacus

                        Next up: Chris UK, Frinskey Half Marathon, UK, 4/8

                         

                        Good luck this weekend, Chris!

                        Come all you no-hopers, you jokers and rogues
                        We're on the road to nowhere, let's find out where it goes

                          Next up: Chris UK, Frinskey Half Marathon, UK, 4/8

                           

                          Good luck this weekend, Chris!

                           

                           

                          Hi Kevin - i probably should have posted this earlier but I have been living in hope. Sorry to say there is no way I will be in 1:30 form this weekend. I was in great form on January 1st (40:28 for 10K) and hoping to build on that. Sadly, 2 weeks later I picked up a virus that I have only just got clear from. In trying to keep some semblence of fitness I trained on weakened muscles and now have IT Band problems (that's a new one for me).

                           

                          My training has been very patchy and every time I try to build up my knee breaks down. My current position is that I have hardly trained this week in the hope that my knee will repair sufficiently for me to attempt the distance. I will try a 5 miler either late tomorrow or early Saturday to gauge the reaction and depending on that trial will make a decision whether to race or not.

                           

                          I have another HM booked in May and also one in October. Realistically, for me, October remains my best chance - as long as I can get plenty of training miles in. Sorry to disappoint.

                          2013

                          3000 miles

                          Sub 19:00 for 5K  05-03-13 Clee Prom 5K - 19:00:66 that was bloody close!

                          Sub-40:00 for 10K 17-03-13 Gainsborough 10K - 39:43

                          Sub 88:00 for HM

                           

                            No worries. Good luck getting healthy and building back up. We'll look for you down the road...

                            Come all you no-hopers, you jokers and rogues
                            We're on the road to nowhere, let's find out where it goes

                              Just thought I would update you on my race as although I didn't get under 90 (as I expected I would not) I did do much better than I could have hoped given my lack of training. During my trial 5 mile run on Thursday I had some calf/shin issues in my non-injured leg (go figure) but my IT band held up OK. I decided I would do a one mile trial the next day wearing heel lifts (which I did) and shin/calf felt a lot better. So, I decided no run on Saturday, do the race on Sunday and hope my knee/IT would hold out. I haven't managed to run 13 miles since I did my IT band in on February 1st.

                               

                              My plan was to be cautious and start at 7:30 pace and hope that I could tough it out to the end. That WAS the plan but as soon as the gun went off it was forgotten. I had spoken to one of my MV60 rivals before the race and told him I would not be hunting him down today. Lo and behold he soon disappeared from view at the start but I kept a fairly constant pace (below my intended) without it feeling too uncomfortable but nevertheless expecting my lack of mileage to start letting me down at any moment. By mile 10 I started to catch glimpses of him up ahead and (exactly) at the 12 mile marker I caught him. By this time I was blowing pretty hard but I kept the pressure on and despite never really getting away I crossed the line 10 seconds ahead to take the MV60 win in 1:31:27. I have little doubt that my time would have been much slower if I had not had that friendly rivalry to spur me on.

                               

                              Also goes to show there is more to racing than beating an arbitrary time - BUT I STILL WANT TO BEAT THAT 90!!

                               

                               

                              Friskney Half Marathon MV60 Winner 2012

                              2013

                              3000 miles

                              Sub 19:00 for 5K  05-03-13 Clee Prom 5K - 19:00:66 that was bloody close!

                              Sub-40:00 for 10K 17-03-13 Gainsborough 10K - 39:43

                              Sub 88:00 for HM

                               

                                Just thought I would update you on my race as although I didn't get under 90 (as I expected I would not) I did do much better than I could have hoped given my lack of training. During my trial 5 mile run on Thursday I had some calf/shin issues in my non-injured leg (go figure) but my IT band held up OK. I decided I would do a one mile trial the next day wearing heel lifts (which I did) and shin/calf felt a lot better. So, I decided no run on Saturday, do the race on Sunday and hope my knee/IT would hold out. I haven't managed to run 13 miles since I did my IT band in on February 1st.

                                 

                                My plan was to be cautious and start at 7:30 pace and hope that I could tough it out to the end. That WAS the plan but as soon as the gun went off it was forgotten. I had spoken to one of my MV60 rivals before the race and told him I would not be hunting him down today. Lo and behold he soon disappeared from view at the start but I kept a fairly constant pace (below my intended) without it feeling too uncomfortable but nevertheless expecting my lack of mileage to start letting me down at any moment. By mile 10 I started to catch glimpses of him up ahead and (exactly) at the 12 mile marker I caught him. By this time I was blowing pretty hard but I kept the pressure on and despite never really getting away I crossed the line 10 seconds ahead to take the MV60 win in 1:31:27. I have little doubt that my time would have been much slower if I had not had that friendly rivalry to spur me on.

                                 

                                Also goes to show there is more to racing than beating an arbitrary time - BUT I STILL WANT TO BEAT THAT 90!!

                                 

                                 

                                Awesome !! Well done Chris .!

                                I dont sweat. I ooze liquid awesome.