Ready for my half marathon….or am I?
I had my last long run yesterday. I ran 6 miles on the St. Tammany Trace. The run definitely did not do me any favors. I felt tired and disappointed. I finished at about an 8:58 pace. I feel I should be a lot faster and stronger with my half just over a week away.
My goal for the Gulf Coast Half Marathon is under 1:50:00 which is about an 8:20 pace. My fastest time ever for a half was around the 1:54 mark.
I don’t know if I am having a mental block or if I am just really not a strong half marathon runner. I’ll be honest….13.1 miles scares the crap out of me. I dread mile 9 because that is when I start hitting the wall. I have been reading up on tips to try to avoid that. Here are some of the tips I have come across:
– Pace yourself. Don’t start off too fast just because you feel strong. That feeling will go away….trust me.
– Hydrate and fuel properly. Eat breakfast, something light but filling. Try bread, bagels, cereal, and/or fruit. You need between 30-60 grams of carbs per hour during a race. I like GU Energy Gel. I have one 15 minutes before, about 45 minutes into the race, then another around the 1:30:00 mark. You will have to decide what is right for you depending on your pace and estimated finish time. Also make sure you are drinking water every 15 minutes during the race. You will need some type of supplement during the race. Being hungry and having your stomach growling with over 5 miles to go is miserable and will slow you down.
– Body Glide!!!! If your thighs rub up against each other like mine do then Body Glide will be your best friend. Apply some to your inner thighs about 15-30 minutes before the race. This will prevent chaffing. You can also use it on your feet before you put on your socks to reduce blisters.
– Rest. Try not to run or do much 2 days before the race so your legs are fresh. Get a good night of sleep before the race. For those of you that know me you are probably laughing right now because I do most of my races right after I clock out from working the night shift.
– Train your brain. Study a map of the course before the race. Try to envision yourself running the course and what your splits should be to reach your goal.
I hope some of these tips help. I will definitely keep everyone posted on my race.
This weekend some friends and I are doing the Jazz Half-Marathon/5K in New Orleans, LA. We are making it a fun run and my running “Bachelorette” Party. Keep an eye out for the runaway bride! Until next time.