A short race report from Grete's Great Gallop Half Marathon: I didn't run it. As Mrs Wolve pointed out to me on Friday, we had a "brunch" for our 19 month old daughter at her pre-nursery school at 9 a.m. on Saturday -- the same time as the half marathon. I miss enough things because of work, so I skipped the race. I made a deal with my wife that I could run after it, so I went back to the FIRST workout -- 15 miles at marathon pace plus 10 seconds.
One big, big, problem: I had left all of my Garmin gear at the office. That meant no watch for pacing, no heart rate, no data of any kind. I almost didn't want to run. I have grown so dependent on it, that running without it seemed like running half naked.
Thankfully, though, I run the same loop fairly regularly, and I basically know where the various mile marks are. The problem is that the difference between a 7:45 mile and 8:15 mile is really only about 50 yards, so even though I knew...I really didn't know the pace. I would know if my pacing was way off, but not exactly, and not with degree of exactness like Marathon Pace plus 10 seconds. I knew my route was almost exactly 7.5 miles, so I could also know how I was doing at the end of the loop. And then part of my loop was blocked off and I had to improvise. So I kind of had to guess on that too. First loop was 1:00:41, or about 8 minute miles. Second loop was 1:00:07, which was pretty phenomenal for me. And when I came home and worked on Gmap pedometer, I realized that my make around on that part of my loop that was closed was actually about 0.3 miles longer than my normal route. So I ended up going 15.6 miles in 2:01 -- that made me smile. Nearly 7:52 pace. Of course I have no idea what my heart rate was because of no Garmin, so I don't know how hard or easy it was. But I wasn't completely wiped out later that day, and felt OK. Today, I am stiff and a little sore, but nothing out of the ordinary after a long run. I certainly had some fuel left in the tank at the end of 15 miles. Next week is 20 miles at Marathon Pace, so we'll see how that goes. So, I am optimistic...
Everyone out there running Chicago... Good Luck and get ready for it! I am jealous... Be safe, smart and fast!!!