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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Races and paces: Run-up to Oklahoma City

In all the fuss about finding a new place to live and a new job, and in between all the races I've done lately, I've almost forgotten about the half marathon I'm running in Oklahoma City April 26.

I feel like I'm under-trained for this one, at least under-trained distance wise. I have not done a run of at least 13 miles since I ran the Cowtown Marathon on Feb. 28 in Fort Worth. I have logged 7 runs of at least 9 miles since then, so maybe that'll help.

I do feel fast, even faster than I was before I ran a 1:36:01 half marathon at Lake Benbrook on Jan. 31. In the last three weekends, I've popped a PR in a 10k and consecutive sub 20-minute 5Ks.

But yes, I know, the half marathon is a different kind of race. Originally, I was going to try to run a 1:30 at Oklahoma City. That's a 6:52-mile. That would qualify me to run the New York City Marathon this fall. All the charts and all the V02Max tables say I have it in me. I'm also back up to 40 miles a week, which is a good maintenance number for me to keep my fitness.

More important, I've hit 6:52 (or better - mostly better) on my tempo-run mile-splits in many training runs. And this morning was no different. After a 1-mile warmup, my mile splits went like this 7:06; 6:39; 7:02; 6:44; and 6:42.

So, yeah, I've got the leg-turnover for a 1:30 half marathon.

I just don't know if I'll have the wind in my lungs and the endurance in my legs.

It's got me wishing I would have turned some of those 9 and 10-mile runs into 12- and 13-mile runs.



Blogger untpawgal02 said...

you can do it :)

April 14, 2009 at 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I hear good things about that race. I have a friend doing the full. Good luck!

April 14, 2009 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger DawnB said...

you'll do just fine

April 14, 2009 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger lindsay said...

hey now, i can't have you beating all my pr's. ;)

you can do it though. for a marathon you don't run 25-26 mile runs so i say your 9 and 10's should still set you up well.

April 15, 2009 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

I think that McMillian says that you could run it that fast. Always have to trust stuff with lots of math involved, right?

April 15, 2009 at 9:06 AM  
Anonymous juls said...

As you put it, "All the charts and all the V02Max tables say I have it in me."

I say GO FOR IT. You've got nothing to lose.

April 15, 2009 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Run For Life said...

I agree with everyone else, just go for it!

April 15, 2009 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Ulyana said...

I personally think the rest will help you greatly. Look at all that speed of yours! Excellent job, and I bet you'll PR again :)

April 16, 2009 at 2:38 PM  

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