Closing out my race season with the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Half Marathon. I signed up for this race back in January before I knew what this year was going to hold. Last year I completed the course with a time of 03:07:47. Right around mile 9 I was having severe cramping in my quads and had to walk the last 3-4 miles. Inside this was a low point for me, I’d never been able to run an entire half marathon without cramping at mile 8 or 9. I thought really hard about if I wanted to even keep doing these since I really did hate running. So I told myself if I wanted to do it next year I need to sign up early and save a few bucks. So here I am a few days away and a different person. I’ve ran 2 half marathons this year, 4 sprint triathlons (1 swim relay), 1 Olympic triathlon, a few 5K’s, a swim race and a bike race. The only triathlon without a podium finish was the ITU in April. While I haven’t touched a podium in any running event and probably won’t, it’s just not a goal.
So what is my goal for this race? Have fun and run 10 min miles. My pace at Las Vegas last year was 14:20 per/mile. At San Diego in June was 12:08 pre/mile, and Utah Valley was 11:17 per/mile. In just 6 months I’ve shaved 3 min’s off my mile. During all that time I didn’t have any concept of running or mechanics, but now I’ve taken a quick clinic on running and improved quite a bit of my mechanics on running and was able to bring my 5K times down to 28:11 at 9:04 per/mile. So that brings us to my 13.1 pace and what should I run. I am setting a goal pace of 10 min miles. Honestly if I stick to my 8:1 run/walk I might be able to hit 9:30 second miles but I’m not going to sweat 6 minutes. I’ve had a race basically every weekend since September 22nd’s Tri Rock San Diego so I’m a little burned out but I still need to have some goals for the race. I feel that 10 minute miles is a decent pace for me but my biggest challenge will be nutrition. Staying hydrated and fueled have been a pretty big downfall for me. I realized one thing from my Utah Valley Half though and that’s keep a water bottle with you that you can take sips from as well as use GU. This year I’m adding saltsticks to my plan though. Since I sweat so freaking much, even when it’s cold I think I need to keep these on hand. I’m not too worried about carb loading since I have a lot of stored energy and I’ve been doing a lot of my running fasted so that I can get my body used to burning fat for fuel. I have 1 solid Peak Finders training series on Thursday then it will be an easy run Friday morning and Saturday morning probably just a 5K.
Bring on Las Vegas!