Monday, March 16, 2009

2009 New Bedford Half Marathon


Sunday, March 15, 2009
New Bedford Half Marathon
Goal Time: 1:24:15 or better Pace: 6:26

Actual:Time: 1:23:26 Pace: 6:22
Place: 39th of 171 Masters (222 o'all)

I'm a little upbeat on this race despite the time:

1. 6:20
2. 12:42 (6:21)
3. 19:14 (6:32)
4. 26:01 (6:46)
5. 32:18 (6:17)
6. 38:39 (6:21)
7. 44:48 (6:09)
8. 50:53 (6:05)
9. 57:26 (6:32) * long mile
10. 1:03:45 (6:19)
11. 1:10:09 (6:23)
12. 1:16:37 (6:27)
13.1. 1:23:26 (6:48)

I was not sure what to expect . . . lining up about row eight with fellow BAA runners, my fitness being sub-par.

For the most part the race was like '06 only five minutes slower. Stay in control for the fast congested start, maintain pace on the hills, cruise the flat to downhill, work with the groups by the beach and up the final hill with a kick to the finish. Bridging one group by the mile seven water helped keep the pace, it was work but the recovery came along.

The Mcmillan Calculator puts the marathon at 2:55:58 with this race time. Let's knock it down another five minutes, shall we?

1 comment:

  1. The McMillan calculator doesn't work for me for marathons. I reckon I have to run 1:23 or 1:24 to even have a chance of 2:59:59.

    In other words, your time would be just about good enough for me.

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