Ok so here I am sitting at home & trying to figure out whats the best way to catch everyone up on my running for 2016. As you know from my last post “1000 miles to go” i decided in late 2015 to get my ass back into gear & attempt to run 1000 miles in 2016. I decided pretty much just to write them down as they happened one at a time.
Still hovering at around 200 lbs i felt running was a great way to lose weight & get back into shape.
So in December 2015 I managed to rack up a few miles and was feeling confident for the start of the 1000 mile journey. I decided to keep myself motivated by running 1 x Half Marathon ( 13.1 miles ) every month during 2016. I would start with The Resolution Run on January 9th.
Resolution Run is an event put on each year by the Frisco Running Company based in Frisco Texas and includes a 1K, 5K & Half Marathon. The race location is : McKinney Boyd High School 600 N. Lake Forest Dr McKinney, Tx 75071.
I remember back in January the weather was on the cool side. I had gloves & a Beanie on to keep my little ears warm. It had rained a bit in the days leading up to the event but the morning whilst gloomy was mostly dry.
The run course wasn’t to challenging and is mostly flat as it leads you down a community green belt with water on one side lined with houses and small wooded areas. It even at one point passes the North Texas McKinney Cricket fields which I’ve played at many times. For all those looking at doing a Half Marathon for the first time I highly recommend this event. Its fast, Small & friendly as long as you don’t mind the cold. Luckily Starbucks is a sponsor so there is plenty of Hot Coffee on hand.
As far as my race goes I really only had one goal & that was to finish somewhere under 2 hours as this was my first official solo half marathon. ( i had run one previously with my wife ). I remember starting out slow & steady keeping all the things under control that I could. Things like Heart Rate, speed, nutrition, liquids etc. For my first race i remember i was feeling quite strong and was working hard to keep my pace under control and my splits somewhere around the 8:15 mark.
As you can see from the graphs above i seem to be able to run a very consistent pace & thats been a real feature for me during training this year. I guess that could also be due to the fact that the Frisco area is mostly flat as a pancake. I remember about half way i caught up with Kathy Dann a local running legend 🙂 who is also a member of the Frisco Triathlon Club who I’ve known now since around 2010. We ran together for a few miles and helped keep each other focussed and on pace. Once we reached about the 7-8 mile point i decided to pick the pace up a little & thats when Kathy fell behind a bit. Shortly after that & around the 11 mile mark i remember seeing Jon Cotton and put him firmly in my sights. I sometimes need a carrot up ahead to get “going” & Jon was just that carrot i needed. ( Note the jump to 7 minute pace in this section )
I did manage to pass Jon with about 1 mile to go & remember that this section was quite hard. I probably hit that 7 min mile a bit to early in the race & was paying for it now. As I’m sure you know when you pass a runner, cyclist or child on a tricycle you make sure you’re going so fast they don’t even think about holding on to your tail. I did struggle a bit on that last mile & the fact it was mostly uphill as well didn’t help. But finish i did and with a respectable time of 1:50 which instantly became my new PR & time to beat in future races.
Little did i know someone who i hadn’t even met yet was also running the resolution half by the name of Hamlin jones and it wouldn’t be long before or paths crossed.
In the end I managed 6th in my age group and 26th overall which i felt was a good solid start to the year and was extremely pleased with the time and effort.
Here I am the morning of, trying to stay warm. Hmm where is that coffee..
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