Per Aspera Ad Astra Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Sun, 24 Mar 2019 13:39:41 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sat, Feb 09, 2019 <p>First serious race since Des News in July. I had been looking forward to a good race at Berlin, but my hip completely blew out on me a few days after Des News, and I had a grand total of 3 legitimate runs of more than 4.6 miles in the last 7 weeks before Berlin, so I showed up completely out of shape and jogged my way to a 2:55 there. I was finally able to start running again in November, so I had pretty limited time to get in shape for Phoenix, but I put together a ton of long runs and a few&nbsp;very high quality workouts in Dec/Jan,&nbsp;capped with a negative split&nbsp;20 miler in Sacramento at 6:03 pace 20 days&nbsp;out from the race,&nbsp;which was&nbsp;surprisingly easy despite being run on tired legs in&nbsp;rain and wind. After that, I felt that I would be able to run sub 2:35 fairly easily on the fast Phoenix course&nbsp;and just needed to stay healthy and maintain fitness for the last weeks before the race. 2 days later, I came down with the flu pretty badly, which made any running, particularly long running, feel&nbsp;awful. I decided to strike a balance between resting up to get healthy and running enough to not lose much fitness. Come race day, I still wasn&#39;t really good to go, and I woke up with a splitting headache, chills, and body aches. I decided the only thing to do was to just go for a PR and I could DNF if I really felt terrible. I&#39;d rather go for it and blow up than not go for it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The race started and my head pounded&nbsp;with every step, chills and aches through my body, and a little difficulty breathing from&nbsp;phlegm draining down my throat. A mile or two in, I was fairly certain I wouldn&#39;t&nbsp;be able to make it more than a few miles max, but I just figured I&#39;d click off mile after mile until I died. Around mile 8, I stopped having mucus interrupting my breathing, and&nbsp;I finally started to feel some confidence that I could manage to survive a full race and not implode,. My 10k and half splits were 36:54 and 1:17:40. I noted that while my entire body felt awful at the half, my legs were still quite fresh. I started to have a little difficulty keeping myself motivated around mile 18, and I started giving up a little time, with a few miles at&nbsp;6:07 to 6:11. I probably didn&#39;t need to run that slowly, but I wasn&#39;t quite focused. I hit 20 in 1:59:47 and knew&nbsp;I could still beat my 2:38:52&nbsp;PR, though I should have been focused on picking it back up and&nbsp;breaking 2:37. I was a little&nbsp;lazy from 21-24 with splits of&nbsp;6:10, 6:03, 6:13, 6:13, then decided to pick it up or I might end up with a 2:38 again, so I closed with 6:03, 5:56, and the last bit at 5:32 pace. This brought me to the end at 2:37:45, a PR by a little over a minute.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Reflecting back about a month later, I&#39;m mostly happy with this race. I wish I had been a bit mentally tougher from 18 to 24, and I could have had a 2:36, but I raced pretty close to my potential for the day. Can&#39;t be too mad about getting sick... it happens. I think I had a 2:33 or 2:34 in me a few weeks out from the race, but it makes it easier to improve when I run Chicago in the fall.&nbsp;I was a trainwreck for 2 weeks after the race, and even jogging a few miles would mess me up for the rest of the day, so I just took off 10 days straight starting 4 or 5 days after the race. I&#39;m happy to say I&#39;m feeling great again, though I feel like I have some work to do to&nbsp;get back in shape at this point.</p> <p>Up next is a semi serious running of BOSHO trail running in early April, but the main focus of the season is the Stillwater Half Marathon in MN in late May. I&#39;ve got some unfinished business there after completely imploding and running a 1:16 there last year.</p> Sat, 09 Feb 2019 07:00:00