Monthly Archives: March 2014

Rock N Roll USA Half Marathon

Start time: 3/15/2014, 7:50am
Location: All over Washington DC
Distance: 13.1 miles
Finish time: 2:05:52
Average pace: 9:27min/mile
Total Miles For March: 36 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 164 miles
Current Shoes: 230 miles

Much better than the last two times I ran this course (2011 & 2013), both of which were in the 2:13 range. I ran the first half with Armand, which went well and uneventful. I knew I was going to lose him at the hill exiting Rock Creek Park, in part because I was starting to overheat and I’d decided that once we left the park I was ditching a layer, and partially because he’s great on inclines.

So when we got to the hill, I took my one walk break in the race around the halfway point, which allowed me to catch my breath, and then fumble with my t-shirt that was underneath the long-sleeved one and remove it. According to Mr GPS it added about a minute onto my time, so not bad at all. After that, I kept running it out, although looking at Armand’s splits he definitely picked up the pace big time once he was on his own. (Which he should have! He’s faster than me and even if I didn’t lose him on the hill, he needed to make that break before long.)

Nothing too big to report. One tiny calf twinge around mile 12.75, so it was great to not encounter those like last year. On the whole, much happier with this finish time. It’s not as good as some of my better halves but it’s closer to those finish times (1:58-2:01 range) than I’ve been in in the past for years. So that’s a great improvement.

Taper w/ Ben

Start time: 3/12/2014, 5:50am
Location: National Mall
Distance: 5.29 miles
Average pace: 10:36min/mile
Total Miles For March: 23 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 151 miles
Current Shoes: 217 miles

One last run before Saturday.

Inadvertent week off

Start time: 3/8/2014, 7:00am
Location: National Mall, Mt. Vernon Trail, SW Waterfront
Distance: 8 miles
Average pace: 10:09min/mile
Total Miles For March: 18 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 146 miles
Current Shoes: 212 miles

Hmmmm. Didn’t mean to take a week off from running, it just sort of happened. Ah well!

Triple layer weather

Start time: 3/1/2014, 7:00am
Location: National Mall, Navy Yard, Capitol Hill
Distance: 10.22 miles
Average pace: 10:08min/mile
Total Miles For March: 10 miles
Total Miles For 2014: 138 miles
Current Shoes: 204 miles

Another brisk brisk morning. Ran the first few with Ben and Armand, then Ben veered off and Armand and I finished it off. Three layers were required again, but it worked perfectly; not cold, but also not too warm. That said, I’d be happier if for the race in two weeks if the starting time temperature was 40 degrees instead of 20 degrees. Just saying.