Sunday, August 24, 2014

Race #13: Lynchburg Half Marathon

Two weeks ago, I crossed state #13 off my list with race #13 of 2014 with the a half marathon in Lynchburg, Virginia. It was a rainy day and in the low 60's so it was really perfect running weather. I'd never been to Lynchburg, but the race started in a very old industrial area and most of the race was on the Blackwater Creek Bikeway & Riverwalk, so it was mostly paved and felt pretty flat, though the elevation chart doesn't seem to agree. Around mile 4 there was a section that took us off the trail and up a dirt road to the top of a hill where we did two loops before coming back down and reversing the rest of the trail - the good news about this is that even though we had a major hill at mile 4, that meant that around mile 9, we came back down that hill!
I didn't really have any expectations going into the race - I did exactly 0 training runs between The Scream and this race, though I did play soccer a few times each week, so I wasn't sure how this half would feel. I definitely felt a difference in how my legs responded to this race over the Scream - my hip flexors started bugging me after about 7 miles and I think this is probably due to my lack of training at long distances this summer… I've done a handful of races this summer, but other than a 10 mile run at the end of May and the Scream in July, I haven't really done anything beyond a 10k since my marathon in May. The good news is that I still feel like I'm in pretty good shape since I've been playing more soccer and staying active overall. So, back to the race recap:

  • Mile 1 - 10:24
  • Mile 2 - 9:48 <-- the mile 2 marker was way off (near 1.5 miles) but mile 3 was back on track
  • Mile 3 - 10:23
  • Mile 4 - 10:55 <-- uphill
  • Mile 5 - 10:49
  • Mile 6 - 9:59
  • Mile 7 - 9:43
  • Mile 8 - 9:51
  • Mile 9 - 9:27 <-- downhill
  • Mile 10 - 10:14
  • Mile 11 - 10:42
  • Mile 12 - 10:29
  • Mile 13: 9:30
  • Last .1 - 5:50
I did start to fade a bit for miles 10 and 11 and I also stopped to take a few pictures in mile 12, but I finished with an overall time of 2:12:49 which is my second fastest half marathon time, only behind the downhill half last month. Last year, I did the Myrtle Beach mini marathon in 2:14:16 and that course was almost completely flat, so a minute and a half faster than that is pretty awesome!

Have you ever been to Lynchburg? Tomorrow I'll post some of the pictures I took of the downtown area - even with the rain, it was really pretty to walk around the town.

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