Well, that was surprising. Let's start with the 5K.
I... did not do well in the 5K. Or at least I didn't quite get the time I expected. Which, granted, might have been a bit ambitious. But I'd been feeling pretty good and felt like I should be able to do three 8 minute miles in a row. I was wrong. My splits were more like:
Mile 2: 8:23
Mile 3: 8:54
Totally the opposite of negative splits. Luckily for me, no one else was trying on the 5K, so I actually did pretty well comparatively!
Women: 122/2219 (top 5%)
Division: 19/347 (top 5%)
Beggars can't be choosers, so I'll take it.
I did not think I would do well in the half. My training has been mediocre ever since I switched from the full to the half. I haven't done well in recent, shorter races (looking at you Pirates 10K and the 5K I did the day before!). So I lined up a little bit closer to the back, put some music on, and just did my best. And about midway through, I realized that my best this race might actually be my best ever. The one thing about Pittsburgh is that it has SO MANY HILLS. Every time I crested a hill, I thought "surely that will be the worst one". And yet, every time, I was wrong. According to my Garmin, the worst hill was actually at mile 12, which is also where I had the slowest pace. I still had energy, but my quads were feeling dead from hills. I've got a table of my pace/mile, but I also included what Strava calls "Grade-Adjusted Pace", which I think just exists to make me feel better about myself? Ok, maybe it actually helps determine if I put in even effort over even pace. Which, I think I did? According to the GAP, my pace only varied by a minute over the whole 13.1 miles.
|1||9:20 /mi||9:18 /mi||146 bpm|
|2||9:04 /mi||9:04 /mi||147 bpm|
|3||8:54 /mi||8:53 /mi||158 bpm|
|4||9:07 /mi||8:59 /mi||167 bpm|
|5||8:57 /mi||8:56 /mi||173 bpm|
|6||8:41 /mi||8:39 /mi||172 bpm|
|7||9:34 /mi||9:20 /mi||173 bpm|
|8||9:05 /mi||8:57 /mi||169 bpm|
|9||9:17 /mi||9:13 /mi||168 bpm|
|10||9:30 /mi||9:24 /mi||173 bpm|
|11||9:18 /mi||9:16 /mi||173 bpm|
|12||9:55 /mi||9:14 /mi||172 bpm|
|13||8:16 /mi||8:30 /mi||174 bpm|
|14||7:13 /mi||7:31 /mi||176 bpm|
I ended up coming in at 2:00:44, which is just SEVEN SECONDS slower than my personal record. Considering my PR was set at Run to Remember which had a total elevation of 138ft (this one was 454ft), I'm counting this as a personal record. I beat my previous time by over four minutes! I think I also did better comparatively than I ever have before in a half:
Women: 1342/7495 (top 18%)
Division: 238/1265 (top 19%)