I have a race this weekend! The Medina Half Marathon!
The "Bee Theme" is because Medina is the home place of A.I. Root, a prominent bee-keeper and candle maker. The candle factory is still in business today, and his book on bee-keeping is still the industry standard. The local high school are the "Medina Bees" and there is a middle school called "A.I Root". (I know all this because I grew up in the next town over.)
C Goal-finish the race of course! Always my goal! Also first goal is to beat my 2011 AND 2013 half-marathon times of 2.10!!!!
I think Medina might be a better place to better my 1/2 marathon times. My last two half-marathon profiles:
The Medina Half Marathon Course Profile:
B Goal-run under 2.10. I would be very happy to run a 2.05 to 2.01
A Goal-run a sub 2 hour 1/2 marathon! Can I do this? My little secret: I have not run under a sub two half marathon since my first one in 2004!
My first half marathon was in Athens, Ohio. I think I ran a 1.59 or 1.58 (can't remember!!) in April 2004.
Then I ran the Presque Island Half in July 2004 and was very disappointed to run a 2.03!
I tried again at the Parkersburg Half in August-a 2.01.20!!
In 2005, I believe I ran about six 1/2 marathons, still chasing the elusive sub two. (This was before I discovered trail running.) Of course, I can't speak for my training methods at the time, I'm pretty sure I just got out there and ran.
I have been prepping for this race. I've been doing speedwork every week. My "free speed" mission had a bit of success: I've lost 2 of the 10 pounds that I wanted to lose!
They will have pace groups at this race. A pace group is a runner, the leader of the group, who is going to maintain their pace consistently to deliver the runners across the finish line in their target time, such as a 1.30 finish time, a 2 hour finish time, a 3 hour finish time. There is a 2.10 pacer, and a 2.00 pacer. I am going to line up behind the 2.00 pacer, and see how that feels.
I've learned a little bit about pacing the last few years, even in ultras. You can expend less energy following someone in a race. If someone is running at your targeted pace, you can simply tuck in behind and concentrate on the running.
I will carry a hand held water bottle. The course seems like it will be well stocked with water stations, but I find it easier to carry my bottle half-full and drink on my own schedule. I can also get the water down my throat while still running, without having to stop.
I will carry one or two gels with me. I won't eat much breakfast day of race, as I do not want to make any bathroom stops. I will probably eat a York Peppermint Patty at the start of the race, and one gel around mile 4 (the Hill is at mile 5) and maybe one a bit later.
So that's the plan! Sub Two hour!! Bee seeing you!!!!