Philly 1/2 Marathon Race Recap
“What do you think about while you’re running a race?”
Mostly, I think about running.
The Philly 1/2 marathon was both literally and metaphorically the fastest 13.1 miles I’ve ever ran. The time flew by because my brain was in full on race mode.
When asked about my race strategy, people are often surprised to learn I don’t really have one. Despite the fact that I’m currently running with a GPS watch (and refer to it often), I mostly run by feel. I also try to run a smart race and push myself to work harder than I want to.
Earlier in the year I mentioned I don’t want to limit myself by predetermined ideas about what race times I think I’m capable of,I just want to train hard, run my best and see what that translates too out on the course.
And that was the plan for Philly.
Back to my brain on Race Day.
My thoughts go something like this:
Am I running too fast?
On a scale from one to ten how hard does this feel?
Where on this street should I be running? Is there a turn up ahead?
How far off is my garmin from the actually race course distance?
Oh hey there, Gia!
Do I need water?
I feel freaking amazing!
Calm the freak down, anything can happen.
Okay, mile 7 half way there.Three more miles till the race starts. How many times can I count to 100 before the final 5k?
Mile 9: breakfast was a long time ago, I should eat my gu just to be on the safe side.
YES!! 5k to go! Pick it up and bring it home!
Go! Go! Go!
I can’t go any faster. Must slow down.
Two miles, two miles, two miles
How many miles are in a kilometer again?
Don’t slow down, don’t slow down!
Shit, I’m not going to make it.
How am I ever going to run the NYCM?
Maybe I won’t.
Is that the finish line?
No. Keep going.
That’s the finish line!
Quick throw your hands up in the air and try to look excited instead of panicked!
It was 1:42:15 of a non-stop chatter party in my brain. Let’s see if I have the endurance to do the same thing for 26.2 in November!