Well, unfortunately I was rejected from the NYC Half (as was Nolan.) Ironically, everyone else I know, including my sister who lives in Philadelphia were all accepted. I wasn’t going to let this rejection get me down – or use it as an excuse not to train for a few more months… So, Nolan signed up for the Danbury half marathon in April. I’m actually pretty excited about this considering it gives me one more month to train and less training in the cold weather.
A few weeks ago, Nolan and I participated in the Fred Lebow 5 mile race in the park. No big deal right? Wrong. It was no more than 7 degrees along with even colder winds. I honestly don’t think I have ever been that cold in my life. We got there extra early to make sure we got out numbers and were able to checks bags – this was a big mistake. After checking my warm winter jacket I had to wait another 20 minutes for the race to start. Everyone was huddled together in the corrals anxious for the race to start. Once the race started I couldn’t believe we would be running for 5 miles. I hadn’t run more than 3 miles since the marathon and picked the coldest day of the winter to take my longest run. I finally started to thaw out after about 2 miles. I had dressed pretty well for the cold weather aside from my thin running gloves (note to self, get warmer gloves!)
I finished the race in 49:06, which was about a 9:49 pace. I was pleased with my time considering the temperature and my lack of training however, afterwards realized I could have pushed myself much harder. I always underestimate my pace and don’t “think” I can handle anything below 9:30. Obviously you can’t run a sub-9:30 pace on your first run, it’s something you work towards. I need to start working harder and realizing my potential. I sprinted the last half mile or so of the race and held a steady 8 minute pace til the finish line and felt wonderful afterwards!
I am now even more motivated to include speed work and other types of training into my schedule to boost my pace. It’s not going to be fun, but it will not only improve my race times but also mix up my work outs.
However, if I train for another marathon, I am not going to push myself too hard. I know my limits with long distances and the toll that training for the marathon took on my body. Of course I would love to beat my first marathon time if I decide to do another, but I am going to focus on my pace mainly for shorter distances and in the end that will improve my pace for longer distances as well.
Now all I need is the weather to warm up so I can start running outside! I must admit I’ve been slacking on my training runs – I absolutely hate the treadmill! I’m going to draft a training plan in the next few days and will be posting it and keeping track of my progress and (hopefully!) improving my pace.