Ok, I’ve spent the afternoon playing with my stats (the official ones have still NOT been placed on the race web site?) Grrr — small town races really do have downfalls!!!!! Anyhoo diggity…

I divided up the race in splits of 5 miles until the 25 mile point and then added the last tangent, showing my average pace, the time and my “projected” finish if I’d kept it up.

Just a recap. My “perfect” time goal was 4:45:45 with an ave pace of 10:53

1st 5 miles – 53:43 — total – 53:43 — projected time – 4:39:47 — average pace – 10:45

2nd 5 miles – 51:05 — total – 1:44:48 – projected time – 4:35:15 — average pace – 10:29

3rd 5 miles – 55:25 — total – 2:40:13 – projected time – 4:49:22 — average pace 10:40

4th 5 miles – 57:16 — total – 3:37:29 – projected time – 4:49:33 — average pace – 10:52

5th 5 miles – 1:06:11 — total – 4:43:40 – projected time – 4:58:07 – average pace – 11:21

Final 1.2 miles – 14:01 – total – 4:57:36 – FINISH – 4:57:36 – average pace – 11:41

Do you see what I mean? I was keeping up my dream pace – ahead even until about mile 21! And then I hit the biggest wall ever! I do believe I could have pushed through if I’d had someone to run with. I was SO stinking close – even with the bad weather, the bleeding heels and the cold! SO CLOSE!!! Arrrghhh!!!!!! 

My exact splits for the last 6.2 miles were like this:

Mile 21 – 12:30
Mile 22 – 11:47
Mile 23 – 13:44 (lost in the park didn’t know which way to go) 
Mile 24 – 13:40
Mile 25 – 14:30 (all hope is lost and I’m walking more than running)
Mile 26 – 13:21
Last .2 – 40 seconds (This is a good time to point out I think the course was a bit off even though they claim it’s certified!)  – Pace – 9:05 for that teeny bit!

My race overall broke down like this:

Miles in the 9’s – 3 (including that teeny finish)
Miles in the 10’s – 11
Miles in the 11’s – 7
Miles in the 12’s – 2
Miles in the 13’s – 3
Miles in the 14’s – 1

My half-marathon was about 2:18! My second half was 2:39!!! Man!

Yes, I’m obsessing – but it’s actually therapeutic, so please just lovingly ignore my compulsions until I process this entirely. 

Anyways… I really was CLOSE for the first 21 miles! RESPECT the wall!! That’s all I have to say – Respect the wall!!! I was a bit cocky by mile 17 or so and really thought I had it made in the shade and would do fine! Never had one cramp or side ache! Felt strong! Dang that mental wall!!!!  Ok, I’m done!

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