Shamrock Half Marathon Race Recap

I woke up Sunday morning feeling pretty flat. I slept like crap because of nerves and as a result, my stomach didn’t feel too good either. I still ate a piece of peanut butter and honey toast with water and coffee. The race didn’t start until 7:30, but I like to get there early, so parked the car at 6:00, attempting to get in the zone with some music and more coffee. I dropped my gear bag off at the trucks around 7:10 and consequently started my warm up run followed by some strides. I couldn’t tell whether I was going to have an “on” or “off” day. I said hi to my coach real quick, had a caffeinated Gu, and then hopped in Corral 1 to meet up with a fellow runner.

My race bib signed by Meb Keflezighi

The gun went off right at 7:30 and I always have to use my watch to pace check myself. It’s so easy to fly right out of the gates from the adrenaline rush. Miles 1 and 2 felt great at 6:39. I decided to hitch on with some girls for the next few miles at 6:34, 6:31,6:31. This is where I wondered if I should push the pace. I still felt great, but it had been awhile since I’ve raced a half and wanted to make sure I didn’t blow up the last 5k. I wanted to finish fast.

We turned onto Fort Story base and fought the wind at 6:36, 6:39, 6:37, 6:37. I had another caffeinated Gu around mile 5. We left the base with a little under four miles left. I felt good and picked up the pace with a small group passing by. I had my last caffeinated Gu and got to work. The next three went 6:29, 6:28, 6:32. With one mile left I finished strong at 6:25 and 5:59. Could I have gone faster? Probably a little bit, but I was overall very pleased with the effort given and the results of yesterday’s race. Official time of 1:26:10, average pace 6:33 min/mi. 24th overall female and 9th in my 30-34 age group. Tells you how many fast chicks are out there on the courses!!!

Mile splits from the Shamrock Half Marathon March 17, 2019

I’m really satisfied with my performance. I must say I am really kind of shocked. I have been doing absolutely no speed and just one three mile tempo a week since my buildup for the Richmond Marathon this past November. It gets me really excited about my marathon potential once I start adding speed into my next training block. My coach and I discussed doing a micro block for a 10k or two after my 60k April 6. I want to start working on speed, so that I can incorporate that into my next marathon buildup without getting injured. I’m pretty sure I’m going to run Richmond Marathon again this year on November 16. I love the course and the crowds and have always had a good experience. This will be my third year running it.

Meet and greet with Meb Keflezighi at the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon expo

Back to the ultratraining grind. Two more hard weeks and then a one week taper. I’m excited to run it as a challenge to myself, but I’m more excited to get back to marathon training. That’s my true love 😉❤️

-S

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