On Saturday morning I was eager to run my first half marathon of 2013. For an off-the-grid, small town race it was meaningful to line up with runners with Boston in our hearts. Lots of blue and yellow, home-made Boston race bibs, Boston apparel, etc, etc. The support was beautiful.
Since I’m in taper mode for Wisconsin Marathon on 5/4, I wasn’t there to race. My plan was to run for Boston, at a tempo pace, and hopefully break 2 hours without destroying my legs 2 weeks before a marathon.
The end result was a PR, kinda, sorta. It is, but it isn’t. But it is. I can argue with myself all day about this. The race course ended up being short, confirmed by several Garmin users, and the race website the next day. So it wasn’t the fastest 13.1 miles I’ve ever run.
On the other hand, when I reached mile 10 and did some math, I summed up that I could run a 10 minute mile for the remainder of the race and still break 2 hours. So I slowed down, because I could, and TAPER. At mile 12 I saw that I had 15 minutes to get to the finish to break 2, so, meh, I took my time! I enjoyed the course!
My actual 13.1 PR from last August 2012 was at an even 9 minute mile pace. My actual pace on Saturday for 12.76 miles was 9:03. I know, without a doubt that had the course been accurate I would have still smashed my PR.
So I did, but I didn’t.
But who cares? No one! I don’t. I was just happy to be out there enjoying the day with the strong community of runners.