On 29 April 2012 I ran my second 1/2 marathon. It was more hilly than the first, but not as hilly as either my neighborhood or the Columbia Tri races.
Pace: 10:54 PR by roughly 6 minutes on a more hilly course...
1. Show up and participate. Definitely includes not oversleeping. - umm had a bit of an issue with this.
2. Finish. Don't know that there is much more to say on this one. - check!
3. Finish in 2:30 (roughly 11:30 min/mile pace). This is what I did in Dec. 2011 - check!!
4. Stretch goal: Finish in 2:23 (11 min/mile pace) - check!!
Pre-race prep: I did one of the Jeff Galloway plans. This time I chose a plan that had a time goal and included 'speed' work. I think the 800 'sprints' helped improve my speed.
Race day prep: Saturday night was MTH prom night. Fortunately (?) my junior decided not to attend. At the last minute a girl asked him to be in pictures with her and he agreed. So on Thursday night, he bought a bowtie and then helped with packet stuffing. The general plan was that he was going to do pictures, dinner and then the after prom party. Dave was going to take him over at 12:30 and I was going to pick him up at 4:30am on Sunday. In the end, he fell asleep and didn't feel like getting up - so he didn't go to the after prom party. I promptly turned off my alarm clock. So, I woke to his alarm at 5:30. Yikes... I had intended to leave home at 5:30 after a leisurely breakfast. I finally made it out of the house at 5:50, plenty of time, but without the double and triple check on what I might need. I had the usual PB&J toast w/ coffee.
Race day clothing: temps were supposed to be 45 at race start and mid 50's by the end. I wore a running skirt, short sleeve shirt, Columbia tri hat and sleeves. Perfect. A little chilly to start, but I rolled the sleeves down by mile 8ish.
Race nutrition: One Stinger waffle between miles 2-4. Nuun tablet in my water bottle. Refilled w/ water at mile 12 (MMTC rocks!!).
Splits: 10:43, 10:30, 10:30, 11, 11:15, 9:45, 12, 11, 11:30, 11, 11:30, 11, 1, 10:15 (obviously the second to last is the .1 mile).