I tried my hardest to set off conservatively but the adrenalin that gushed through my body as soon as the start was announced was taking over a bit. It was rather sudden. I felt no race nerves or excitement, nothing different then literally, as soon as i pressed Start on Sally i could feel the adrenalin rush. I focused and tempered it, and going up hill helped me keep my speed down so the first few miles were about what i hoped i'd run at. I felt like i was slacking somewhere around mile 5 and 6 but those hills! It was a really undulation course, there was very little flat. There were 4 big hills and we're not talking short or little. I know you can skew these graphs to make them look worse, but the difference in speed really makes it apparent that the hills were a bitch! But i know i can run up them, so its mental toughness thing. I won't allow myself to walk.
.16: 01:15 (at 07:32 pace)
So my end time is a bit of a shocker. Given that i had 6 weeks to train for this, i was aiming for 2:10 with a pie in the sky time of 2:05 so to come in under that was euphoric. I was pleased as punch! I AM pleased as punch. I wanted to run another half marathon to get a sub 2 hour. I planned to run the Lichfield one in May, to train properly to aim for an average pace of 9:00. Given my under-trained-for HM in Chicago that was completely flat and i got a 2:10:44 i never thought on hills i would beat that time by 9 minutes!!
So i now have the itch again, or rather still for the sub 2hr half. There is the Lake Vyrnwy Half in September which is completely flat, i plan on doing that, i'm now totally confident that i can get my sub 2hr there. But, maybe i want to do it before then.....
p.s the word today is SUPER HERO