RACE: United Airlines NYC HALF
TIME: 1:28:54 / 6:47 pace
Adjusted by NYRR later in the day from the original 1:29:00, I'm somehow even MORE pleased with myself after this result. A sub 1:30 (never mind a sub 1:29) was something I had on the agenda for NEXT year. I went into the race with goal A being PR (sub 1:34:09), goal B being sub-1:33m, and goal C being a 7:00 pace (1:31+). I surprised even myself. I had no idea I was capable of this kind of performance and it's making me re-adjust a lot of my goals.
SET: Training has been going super well. I've been back in the gym doing squats, I get a nice variation of workouts every week (Speed, Easy, Tempo, Hills, Long), and consistency, nutrition and sleep have been on point. My intention was to use this race as a gague of my fitness for what I figured was the more favorable course, the Brooklyn Half, in May. I had a good taper week, including a fantastic run on Wednesday, and felt very prepared. My goal was to go out at 7:10 for the park miles and then pick it up on the flat miles through Times Square and the West Side Highway. Got a good night's sleep and had a banana and cup of water in the morning, packed two gels, and set out at 6:25 for a slow jog up to the park.
Race: Washington Heights 5K - Sunday March 6th, 2016