Sunday, January 25, 2015
Manhattan Half -- Race Report
Still awaiting word of Spencer's hijinks in New Orleans. Today was the Manhattan Half. I signed up months ago, thinking it made sense . . . This morning when I woke up at 5:30 am, I wasn't so sure. I have run this race twice in its current configuration, January 2012 (heavy snow) and January 2013 (bitter cold). This time we got lucky. Saturday was a snowy slushy day, and tomorrow looks to be a blizzard, but today was mid 30s and turned sunny in the middle of the race. You couldn't really ask for better weather this time of year. The bigger problem is that I haven't run anything longer than 8 miles since the Marathon, and none of it fast. My thought was to just do a long training run. Of course the crowd always puts an end to the "easy run", but I did resist trying to push it faster than the pack. I pretty much dialed it in at an 8:30 pace, concentrated on form and ran very consistent splits through 9 miles. I slowed in mile 10 and 11, and then my phone clicked off, so I don't know what happened. Subjectively, I stayed with traffic. Objectively, I probably slowed a bit. The end result was a slow for me, but fast for now half. Considering it's January, I'm feeling well positioned for a good Spring .