I was confident going into the race because my training was pretty much on track. I actually PR'd my half-marathon time by a minute (2:21) in training for this race. I used a modified version of the "Run Less, Run Faster" training plan. In that plan, you do an interval session, a tempo run, and a long run, all at challenging paces based on your 5k race time. After a few weeks of being too sore to do the tempo run properly because of he intervals, I cut back on the number of intervals and/ or the pace. This seemed to work out for me. The strangest part of the plan was doing the long run at my planned hLf marathon pace plus 20 to 30 seconds, depending on the length of the run. That was tough. But it worked.
For breakfast I ate my standard bowl of oatmeal with half a banana, craisins, and allowed myself a teaspoon of almond butter as well. The fore sat called for rain, but it wasn't raining when I left, and it actually held off for the most part for the race, thankfully. My plan was to run the first mile or so at 10:20, then the next 6 at my goal pace of 10:15 then see what happened after that. I was right on plan, then was able to kick it up, to 9:40 to 9:50 for the last 4 miles. Unfortunately, I was so zoned out in my own little world (was this he pain cave I keep hearing about?), Ii missed the guy waving the big TURN HERE sign before the finish. I was following the marathoners down the trail. When I heard the announcer behind me instead of in fronting me, I asked a runner who confirmed I missed the turn. That was about as disappointed in a race as I've ever been. For about two seconds I felt like stopping. Then I pulled myself together and tried to make up some time to the finish. My Garmin said I averaged 10:05/mi for 13.5 miles. I ended up with an official average of 10:22. Oh well. At least I know I'll be in good shape for the upcoming season. I'm racing 4 sprints and and an Olympic this year because I don't have the time to train for longer races this year. My big lesson learned: Know the course! Don't zone out! Onward and upward.