4/25/2016 – 5/1/2016: Half Marathon USA Championships

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The first two days of the week I was still dealing with calf issues going as far as to skip my double on Tuesday after a mid-day massage on it. The upside is that I’m in the 5:30’s on all my runs so far without trying to, legs are feeling my excitement for the race apparently. The only workout of this week was on Wednesday because of how far we had to push back the second workout of last week. It was a little heavier than I’d normally do on a pre-race workout three days out, but that was due to not working out on Monday and having only 75% of a workout on Sunday. I ran around mid-day and while it was hot, the legs felt peppy so I attacked the K and came through three seconds faster than was prescribe and I was fine with that.

Christo Landry of Charlotte, NC., wins the men's race in 1:02.56 at the 2016 USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championships which were held Saturday, April 30, 2016, in downtown Columbus and surrounding neighborhoods in conjunction with the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch)

Race day was almost perfect weather, low 50’s, overcast, with only a slight wind (which ended up playing a part). I normally have mile splits here, but I managed to erase those somehow. We went out in a relaxed 24:14 for 5 miles as no one wanted to push the pace we were bouncing above and below 4:50, upwards of 5:00 when heading into the wind. Around six miles Shaddy put in a surge and I moved up on his shoulder to help him out and see if we couldn’t break away, but when I looked over my shoulder we still had eight in the pack and I drifted back out of the lead. Coming into nine miles I decided that while I was feeling good, I didn’t want to move with four miles left in such a big pack. Instead I spent the mile ampping myself up mentally for a hard move at 10 miles (note it apparently only takes half a mile for me to do this, so I had to calm down a little in the middle or I would have moved too soon). The move broke me away and I came through in 4:30 and a block up on the pack. All that was left at that point was trying to chase down the lead car.

Week 16MorningAfternoonOtherTotal
Monday5565120
Tuesday60Lift60
Wednesday5 x 3 on / 2 off in 4:40's, 2 min, 1km in 2:4230100
Thursday4545
Friday30Strides30
SaturdayRace USA 1/2 Marathon Champs (62:52 1st)50155
Sunday120120
Week630 (105mi)

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