In the last weekend I ran a half marathon.
The plan was not to race anymore, but I had this opportunity to join +PwC
team in this race.
I said that it overlaps with my long run from the weekend, so why not?
It was nice to feel again the breeze of the racing morning and the overall enthusiasm.
My goal for this event was to maintain my running form all the time, have a 6:30/km pace, do some tests and have fun.
I've tracked my running with the app written by myself, +Run With Me
The serious part:
My pace was 6:30/km as planned. Were about 2min17secs between the gun and the chip start. In this time I had to walk ~110 meters.
It took me 2:15:20 to complete the 21.097 meters, according to my app. I'm very proud of how it did; quite accurate.
However, the official time (not yet published) is at least 5-6 minutes slower. And that's because I haven't followed the optimal route as measured by the organizers. Other way said, I ran in zigzag or on the outer side of the road. That counted for more than 400-500 meters in the end, but it doesn't matter much.
This race had no side effects - no injuries whatsoever. Just stiff muscles next days, but I'm already back to workouts.
The "fun" part:
Although it was pretty cool at the start, I finished with a nice sunbath and dehydrated. I think that at km 13 things went wrong.
My eyes were itching because of the salty sweat and I wanted to clear them up, but instead it worsened and eventually I had natural red eyes.
Then I took a slice of orange and my fingers were sticking (I hate it very much).
At km 17-18 there was a very short, but inclined hill.
I knew about it, but other didn't.
It was funny to see everyone stopping from running there, like flies.
I didn't stopped, but when the hill ended and we came back downhill, everyone got in front of me.
At km 20 I ran very very slow, so I can rest a bit before the finish.
I've finished with energy and smiling, but I forgot to stop the app and it tracked my wandering through the refreshments tables.
The 2h10m group of pacemakers also have been taken by surprise, because they weren't far in front of me and their official time certainly wasn't as planned.
It was fun, but the asphalt is tough. In my dear forest is always cool, with plenty of shadow and is gentle with my legs.
I need to lose more weight to make my life easier.
I estimate that for each kg lost, my pace in a half marathon is improved by 10seconds/km. For 4 1/2 months of actual training, which included losing 10kg (20 pounds), I'm happy with the results.