Race your pace half marathon

tl;dr version - 1:41:15, a PB by 1m22.

Dorney Lake is an amazing complex - a 2km rowing lake with massive boathouse. It's a measure of Eton's money that they have a place like that but I could well believe it pays for itself too (today being an example of how). I'd heard that the wind can be quite race-affecting - I reckon it took about 5 seconds/km off me on the boathouse-bound direction, but no more.

There was really only one thing I'd have done differently today. I had plenty of opportunity for a warm up, and I so I took it, and got to the start with plenty of time, ready to go. I should have started in front of the 8:00/mi pacer, not behind. I wanted to warm up further on the run, but really I think my first 5km were too cautious, and my 6th km was reckless. I should have been aiming for 4:45 every km (even if not achieving the first couple). Settling for 4:55s and 4:50s meant a lot of work to do so that when I had the opportunity, I went too far the other way.

It was a crowded track behind the pacer, and there were literally no proper escape routes for the first lap, and that was a mistake.

However, I was relatively consistent, so not sure how much faster I could really have gone. I got a proper blister in the last lap, and felt it oozing on the home straight, but just had to dig in, find some suitable form that didn't make it feel worse, and go for it. One big toe felt numb at one point.

My GPS refused to stop at the end (happened last Sunday too) and had been behaving funny before that. Might be on its last legs if I can't get the firmware update to take.

Points worth noting:

  • Start further ahead than you think
  • Try not to get blisters (might be too forefoot)
  • Consider a new GPS

Race time (hh:mm:ss): 
01:41:15
Race date: 
20/02/2011 (All day)
Race component: 
Race status: 
Completed