Tuesday, February 8, 2011

consistency is the answer

Can you believe it!? I cant. Last weekend was my first REAL half marathon in Melbourne, Fl! Yes, I have ran a half marathon before but never trained for it; just filled in for a friend that was sick on two different occasions. A totally different world when you have some fitness underneath your belt, as well as running without a swim or bike before hand. I

The past two half marathons I ran several years ago, I only had the occasional run fitness; maybe got 6miles in once before I raced. Now, I do all kinds of running, even after a swim and bike, and still didn't know what to expect. For some reason I felt like a rookie as I was walking up to the start line. Like I have never ran this distance before. All kinds of thoughts were running through my mind: What is a good pace? If I feel good, when do I pick up the pace without going too hard too early? Do I need to take in nutrition? How often should I take in nutrition? Do I attack the hills or just get up them and attack the down hills? so on and so on...

It never fails to amazing how much a role a plan plays when racing and training. I felt great out there this past weekend. I stuck to my plan and everything unfolded nicely. I'm telling you, consistency is the answer to any type of training/racing. I have been very consistent with my training and even during this half marathon. I never asked my body to go too hard at any given point in time; now I have walked that line, but never crossed it. I have gradually been progressing my training in stages; same went for my half marathon. I went out at a good solid pace, but still knew I was warming up and needed to get into a groove. Then I gradually dropped my pace as I continued to feel relaxed and strong. Ultimately I wanted a negative split. With a little self discipline, patience, and consistent training, I was able to execute my race plan well. To be honest, I felt like I could have probably pushed a bit harder. Got to love hind sight though.

The Melbourne half marathon was a great way to boost my fitness and determine where I'm at with my run. Now it's time to build on that and add it to several Olympic and Half Ironman races. I'm so excited to see how the 2011 race season will unfold.

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