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Starting to feel more like myself: Whiskey Daddle 5K and half marathon

Saturday: it came up sticky; 69 with 100 percent humidity to 70 with 93 percent.

And so I adjusted..so I thought. Mile 1: 9:07 (some uphill) and used the little downhill for 8:52..18:00 at mile 2 with a chance, so I thought..to finally break 28. Nope..exhausted up the small hill and gave into it a bit on the last 1.1 miles (some walking) 28:43.

I lost places. Yes, my overall finish was better, percentage wise than last week’s 5K, but last week’s 5K featured a LOT of students versus this older crowd which had a ton of newbies.

Today’s half marathon featured overcast skies at a starting temperature of 57..and it stayed cool.

I was a bit worried at first as I had gotten ahead of the 2:30 pacer for a bit..but she (and her 5:00 marathon pacer companion) soon got a bit ahead of me. At 4 miles I was starting to worry..but I was holding a mid 11 minute pace. That was to remain true, save the uphill mile, and the mile 10-11 where I took a quick “slower walk” break..then got back into stride.

This felt a bit like my old self; and OMG…massive eyestrain….lots of incentive to keep going.

There were some slippery spots heading toward the cemetery and the Main Street hill hurt, but nevertheless, I managed to hold it together..realizing I was not going to collapse.

11:56 (with bathroom)
20:38 (next 2) 32:35
23:25 (56:00 at 5)
11:08 (1:07:08 at 7)
11:44
11:43 (1:30:37 at 8
11:17
11:20 (1:53:10 at 10)
12:24 (break)
11:53
11:50 for the final 1.1: 2:29:23 for the final.

I needed that; this was my fastest half marathon walk time since 2014, which was the last time I broke 2:30 for the half marathon walk. No, my knees were NOT “racewalk legal”.

What was weird: It was almost as if my slow marathon 2 weeks ago (6:14, walking) was training for this half, which was a maximum effort. I did that marathon VERY conservatively.

After I got home, I sat out on the sidewalk and cheered the marathon runners (who were almost at mile 23); this included a few that I was with on the first loop.

October 7, 2018 - Posted by | running, walking | , , , ,

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  1. […] September 2003: 2:17 (Appleton Fox-Cities powerwalk division) January 2008: Austin 30K 3:50:56 (about 2:40 for the half marathon split) September 2008: 2:25:13 Quad Cities September 2010: 2:39:13 Quad Cities (surgery that summer) September 2011: 2:40:53 IVS September 2011: 2:22 Quad Cities January 2012: 2:34 First Light June 2012: 2:30:18 Galesburg September 2012: 2:24:46 IVS April 2014: 2:25:26 Peoria Heights May 2014: 2:19:15 Peoria September 2014 2:35 (IVS) September 2014 2:24:17 Quad Cities September 2015 2:38:13 IVS June 2017: 2:47:24 Galesburg July 2017 2:42:19 Chicago RR August 2017 Mahomet Half marathon 2:52:33 October 2018 Whisky Daddle Half Marathon 2:29:23 […]

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