Sub 1:30 Half Marathon 2021 Edition (Read 445 times)

SteveChCh


Hot Weather Complainer

    Mark - Here's hoping 2022 is better as far as races go.  With a huge mileage year like that, you're nicely set up for the year.

     

    Zebano - I agree that the beer mile PR is the key to your year!  Overall though, I think you've done pretty well in meeting some of those goals and, like Mark, you've set yourself up well.

     

    CK - Good to hear things are getting back to normal post-Covid.  What sort of isolation did you have to do?

     

    James 81% AG is seriously impressive.  Very nice consistency for your year.  I'd be very excited to see how you go injury free, so fingers crossed.

    Net Downhill PB Southern Lakes Half Marathon 2022 1:27:32, Flat Course PB Christchurch 2016 1:29.25

    Recent Races:   Southern Lakes Half Marathon 1:27:32 May 7, 2022, Motorway 10km 40:49 February 27, 2022, Selwyn Running Festival Half-Marathon 1:29:32  November 7, 2021

    Race plan:  Melbourne Marathon October 2, 2022.  Queenstown Half Marathon November 19, 2022

    SteveChCh


    Hot Weather Complainer

      2021 - Year in Review

       

      I think everyone knows the challenges us Kiwis have had with getting races in so this won't be too long.  I started the year aiming to do the full marathon on April 9 in Christchurch but soon changed this to Wellington on June 27 due to some knee pain that cost me a few weeks.  Beyond that, I figured I'd have a crack at a half PB but to be honest, I wasn't looking past the marathon.  I entered Queenstown half but I knew that wouldn't be a PB attempt so I expected I'd have to find another race somewhere.

       

      In the end, Covid restrictions dominated the year so I only did 2 races, one of which was the Christchurch half which I used as a marathon pace tune up (I had an entry rolled over from 2020, otherwise I probably wouldn't have run).  After Wellington was postponed I only looked at doing a half because marathon training with the uncertainty of ever racing is just too much.  From there, the year went:

       

      June 27                  Wellington marathon - postponed

      September 12        Dunedin half-marathon - postponed

      October 10             Wellington half-marathon new date - cancelled

      November 7           Dunedin half-marathon new date - cancelled

      November 7           Selwyn half-marathon 1:29:32

      November 20         Queenstown half-marathon - postponed (essentially cancelled as the new date doesn't fit for me)

       

      I was lucky that Selwyn managed to run at the restriction levels we had, and I'm grateful to have had a really good race, just missing my target but battling quite a strong wind for about one third of the race.

       

      Because I kept training for races that didn't happen, and often were postponed before I started a taper, my mileage is higher than ever before.  My goal from here is to do the Christchurch marathon on April 10, and I have rolled over entries for the Wellington and Queenstown halfs (I waited to enter Dunedin to avoid another potentially wasted entry).  I will do Queenstown but Wellington is probably too soon after Christchurch to have a real PB attempt.  So I'm looking at either the South Island half in August or the Dunedin half in September.  I'm away for the rest of this year so I'll estimate my total based on my planned runs:

       

      Mileage Totals

       

      2021  3859km (2398 miles)  Estimating the mileage on the last few days of the year

      2020  3442.36km (2139 miles)

      2019  2331.46km (1449 miles)

      2018  2308.67km (1435 miles)

      2017  2291.61km (1424 miles)

      2016  2796.60km (1738 miles)

      Net Downhill PB Southern Lakes Half Marathon 2022 1:27:32, Flat Course PB Christchurch 2016 1:29.25

      Recent Races:   Southern Lakes Half Marathon 1:27:32 May 7, 2022, Motorway 10km 40:49 February 27, 2022, Selwyn Running Festival Half-Marathon 1:29:32  November 7, 2021

      Race plan:  Melbourne Marathon October 2, 2022.  Queenstown Half Marathon November 19, 2022

      CommanderKeen


      Aspiring Hobby Jogger

         

        CK - Good to hear things are getting back to normal post-Covid.  What sort of isolation did you have to do?

         

         

        Uhh, my normal life? I've worked from home for 4+ years now, so no change there. We didn't have a need to get anything out of the house, though for fun we had pizza delivered one night. The biggest "issues" were DD1 (asymptomatic) missing an indoor soccer game and DDs 2 & 3 (slight coughs) missed an in-person dance recital, though we did it via zoom for various family members so they didn't completely miss out on that.

        5k: 18:05 8/22 │ 10k: 37:55 9/21 │ HM: 1:23:22 4/22 │ M: 3:04:13 11/18

         

        Upcoming Races:

         

        Brookhaven Run Classic - 9/17

        Wurst Race Half - 10/8

        Toyota Music Factory Half - 11/13

        CIM - 12/4

        JamesD


        JamesD

           

          200 meter or feet? 200-400m over 1.5 miles is massive...

           

          Zebano - I may not have phrased that ideally.  The portions of my loop with inclines are 200 and 400 meters long, not high, so good for steady efforts.  They're not very steep, though the long one does get close to small hill status near the end.  As for the 5K PR, I didn't run much between 1987 and the mid-2000s, and no more than twice a week until about 2014, and the since-1987 PR is from 2017, so not that long ago.  I do find that I have to keep increasing the mileage if I want to improve or even stay about the same, though.

          Post-1987 PRs:  Half 1:30:14 (2019); 10K 39:35 (2019); 5K 19:12 (2017); Mile 5:37.3 (2020)

          2022 Goals: Get/stay healthy; run consistently; Half<1:30; PR or 80% age-grade at one distance

          Marky_Mark_17


            Methinks Flavio needs to start the 2022 thread!

            3,000m: 9:07.7 (Nov-21) | 5,000m: 15:39 (Dec-19) | 10,000m: 32:34 (Mar-20)  

            10km: 33:15 (Sep-19) | HM: 1:09:41 (May-21)* | FM: 2:41:41 (Oct-20)

            * Net downhill course

            Last race: Southern Lakes HM, 7 May, 1:12:42 (May-22)

            Up next: Auckland 10km Road Champs, 21 August

            "CONSISTENCY IS KING"

            flavio1980


            Intl. correspondent

              PRs: 1500 4:54.1 2019 - 5K 17:56 2021 HM 1:21:59 2021

              Up next: Corrida do Dragão 10k

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              zebano


                Hey now, we still have 3 days (and Watson has at least 1 more year)

                1600 - 5:23 (2018), 5k - 19:33 (2018), 10k - 41:20 (2021), half - 1:38:57 (2018), Marathon - 3:37:17 (2018)

                SteveChCh


                Hot Weather Complainer

                  Hey now, we still have 3 days (and Watson has at least 1 more year)

                   

                   We only have a few days left, but this belongs on the front page

                  Net Downhill PB Southern Lakes Half Marathon 2022 1:27:32, Flat Course PB Christchurch 2016 1:29.25

                  Recent Races:   Southern Lakes Half Marathon 1:27:32 May 7, 2022, Motorway 10km 40:49 February 27, 2022, Selwyn Running Festival Half-Marathon 1:29:32  November 7, 2021

                  Race plan:  Melbourne Marathon October 2, 2022.  Queenstown Half Marathon November 19, 2022