Pete Tanguay

Run the Line Half Marathon

by on Feb.20, 2012, under Races

Another half marathon in the books.  Had a good race, a little more uphill than I had expected.  I tend to run conservative up hills to not use too much energy and run harder down the hills, actually using the same amount of energy but going faster.  It felt like there were more ups than downs in this race.  One of my new goals is to learn to attack hills a bit more without using too much energy.

I got a good start and worked to hold a sub-8 pace.  I would have liked to stay around 7:45.  I had some other runners I was trying to stay with and pushed myself early on.  Mile 3-5 I kept thinking about how long I could hold it, how many more miles were left and decided I needed to focus on what I was doing in “this mile”.  Someone in my age group who I did not want to beat me came up beside me in mile 6 and I thought, oh no, here he is.  I thought, “I can out kick him at the end” so just stay up with him.  Then we got to a gradual down and I thought, no, let’s leave him now and I did.  I kept my distance and had a good last 2 miles.

Overall I feel good about the race.  Not my best time but good for this day.  Did a 3 mile recovery run this morning and felt good.

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