Racing for me is about instinct, going with how I feel in the moment. I’ve been taking it very easy for my runs lately keeping the heart rate low most runs. Sometimes it’s been challenging to do that and I just settle in and cruise. Today was one of those days. My initial goal was to simply take it easy.
I started out around 8:30/mile and my heart rate stayed low. I’m thinking wow, could this stay like this for 13.1? But alas, it crept up and I chose to just cruise. Overall my heart rate averaged 152 for the duration. The first 7 miles I averaged a 8:31 pace (for me, around the fast end of my previous practice pace). Starting with mile 8 my racing instinct took over and I progressively got faster each of the last 6 miles:
Anytime I can go sub7 during a half marathon is a great thing, especially at the end. I honestly didn’t know what to expect once I started pushing the pace not having done any hills or speedwork since the SF marathon in July. Seems there’s something to this going slow to run fast building endurance thing. Happy with my results and felt great testing myself today. The reward - mimosas!
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