So these last couple days I've been thinking a lot about the event. I have a couple should've and could've thoughts, I should have pushed myself, I could have run faster. You get the idea. I know why I didn't, I was nervous about finishing, nervous about being able to run the whole time. I'd never run a half-marathon and didn't know the course and I erred on the side of caution. And, I suppose, if I were in that same situation I'd do the same thing again. Which leads me to - Next Year! I am very likely going to do this again next year and am excited at the prospect of finishing faster. I know I can.
This year I kept my heart rate to an average of 144. Compare that to my 12 mile run the week previous where my average heart rate was 153. So if I push myself just a bit I know I can do better! I was actually slower in my training run with a higher heart rate but I hadn't tapered and I wasn't running with a total loss of elevation like the Kaiser course. I mean, take a look at the elevation profile.
That's nice isn't it? No reason I can't do better next year. And that's a good feeling. Also, I'll know the course, I'll
Back to today, which is a day off from the gym. Tomorrow I'll run, probably 25-30 minutes. I need to keep my running up to some degree because of the 10k in April but the focus for now will be on the bike. Speaking of that, I have a test-ride planned for this Sunday afternoon with Melissa (we're doing the Cinderella Classic together). I just mapped it out on mapmyride, a tad over 33 miles with three category 5 climbs (that's the lowest category). The Classic is 66 miles with two category 5 climbs so this Sunday's ride should give us a good sense of where we are.
Oh my, it's like I'm leading three lives in one - family mom Michelle, working Michelle and run/bike/swim Michelle. Good thing I have the energy or I don't think I could keep up with my own life!