Event: OUC Orlando Half Marathon 2012
Date: December 1, 2012
Location: Downtown Orlando, Lake Eola Park
Division Place: 7th out of 289
Gender Place: 44th out of 1,661
Overall Place: 244 out of 3,193
This was a great and well organized half marathon put on by Track Shack of Orlando. It was a refreshing change from the over crowded and chaotic Disney half marathons, which are the only other options in Orlando. I had no problem parking, hitting up the port-a-potties and getting to the start line with enough time to do some stretching.
The weather was absolutely ideal and the course was nice and scenic! I ran this one last year with a time of 1:54:38 (it was my 2nd race and 1st half marathon after having my baby boy in May). I still had an extra 15+ pounds of baby weight to lose at last year’s event and it was only my 2nd race after taking a full year off from racing and 9 full months off from running altogether.
My time at this year’s OUC Orlando Half Marathon was obviously a vast improvement and it was my 8th half marathon since last ‘s years! I attribute training and running all these events to losing the rest of the baby weight plus some extra!
I hit my all time PR of 1:39:41 in May of this year and came close again in September at the Chicago Half Marathon with a time of 1:41:35…1:54 away from my PR. I came even closer at the OUC half…54 seconds from my PR! I felt I did MUCH better at the OUC compared to Chicago, even though its only a 60 second difference, because the Chicago Half Marathon was a totally flat and easy course. The OUC Half was a nice course but it got pretty challenging after mile 10, when my legs start to get tired anyways. Right after we crossed mile 10, we were met by numerous hills and about 2.5 miles of brick pavers! The pavers make it a little more slippery, a lot more uneven and there are definite hidden drop offs and some of them are coming up so it’s easy to trip. Even though I was consciously pushing myself to run faster, I could feel myself subconsciously slowing down. I knew I was going to be awfully close to my PR when I crossed mile 11 so I tried to speed it up as much as I can; it worked on the last mile but I lost speed during miles 10-12 so it just wasn’t enough to PR. Either way, this is my second best time of all time so I am happy with it!
I went in to the race fairly prepared. My training has been on target (I’m training for the 2013 Disney Marathon next month) but my stretching and recovery methods haven’t been great. That’s something I’m always working on. My legs did feel a bit heavy up until the 3rd mile but loosened up after that.
Next Race: Walt Disney World Marathon January 13, 2013
XOXO The Glam Runner
In September I ran 3 races: The Chicago Half Marathon (Chicago, IL), The Autumn Rock n’ Run 5K (Orlando, FL) and the Miracle Miles 15K (Orlando, FL). Today, I want to discuss my experience in each race, my goals, what I learned from each race and what I’m doing to meet my goals.
The Chicago Half Marathon September 9, 2012: Finished 1:41:35/44 out of 1,295 in age group/193 out of 6,815 females/1003 out of 12,105 overall
My goal for running the Chicago Half Marathon was to finish around my PR of 1:39:41 (May, 2012). I was pleased with finishing a little over 2 minutes over my PR – I had some IT Band pain that ran in to my knee throughout miles 5 and 6 and I know I slowed down during those 2 miles. I am confident I would have PR’d if it weren’t for that pain. After 2 disappointing half marathon times before this one (North Shore Half Marathon: 1:49:40 and the Chicago Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon: 1:53:07) I was so happy that I finally made it back to that range. I prepped for the Chicago Half marathon by eating perfect for a runner, stretching more and keeping up with my training runs the week of the race. The weather was also perfect which also helps.
The Autumn Rock n’ Run 5K September 15, 2012: Finished 22:36/5 out of 151 in my age group/34 out of 996 females/152 out of 1,705 overall
My goal for this 5K was to PR – my PR is 21:23 (April, 2012). It was very disappointing because I thought I had done much better. I was pushing it but I felt fairly well through the whole race. I finished 22:09 in my previous 5K and I was tight, sore and the entire race was uncomfortable. I was very surprised that I finished slower at this one. 5Ks seem to be a little more tough for me. You don’t have time to warm up so you have to get a good mile in beforehand, which I did not do. If you start slow, there is little to no time to make it up. You have to start strong and finish strong in a 5K. I started incorporating speed training twice per week to improve my time. I do a Tempo run on Tuesdays and repeat sprints on Thursday.
The 14th Annual Miracle Miles 15K September 22, 2012: Finished 1:10:58/7 out of 188 in my age group/31 out of 920 females/134 out of 1,678 overall
My goal for this race was to finish between 1:08:00-1:10:00; I had only run 1 other 15K in my life and that was my first race after having my son and taking a full year off of racing so I really had nothing to compare my time to. I was pleased but not thrilled with my time. My shoe came untied and I had to stop to tie it just as I was getting my comfortably fast pace and getting “in the zone”. That definitely slowed me down along with my IT band pain coming back at mile 8 and making the last 1.3 miles pretty difficult. It was hot and humid as well – I don’t run to my full potential when it’s hot and humid. I am hoping my speed training will help me with my next 15K (Chicago Hot Chocolate 15k November 4, 2012). I know the temperature will be ideal for running. I also switched to a slightly more supportive shoe to help with my IT Band as well as working on my flexibility.
I ran 3 races in September 2012 and for the conditions, I feel I had fairly successful races. On average, I finish in the top 3% in my age group and in my overall gender group and in the top 8% in the overall group. I am working and training harder, the temperature should be improving in Orlando and hopefully working on my flexibility and getting a more supportive shoe will all help me improve my time and ultimately get me a 1st place win in my age group again.
Next Race: U Can Finish 5 Miler October 14, 2012
Set goals for yourself, work towards them, keep improving and keep running!
XOXO The Glam Runner