As previously mentioned, today ended up bring my first race of the year. It was a new experience for me since the race was run otithe indoor track where I do my weekly speed intervals over the winter. Having never done more than 8-10 km while doing intervals at the track I wasn’t sure how this one would go.
The race offered a 10 km, half-marathon and a marathon. Surprisingly, the marathon had the most participants. The half-marathon consisted of 52 3/4 laps of the 400 m track. My strategy was to aim for a 1:35-1:45 finish.
The half-marathon group was small, about 7-8 runners. Since I quickly lost track of the number of laps I had completed it was convenient that the organizers had a screen set up to show the numbers of laps when we crossed the mat.
I managed to keep a steady pace and by the time I got down to 10 laps remaining I had enough left in the tank to pick up the pace and push harder to the finish. I am not sure what my exact splits were because the results have not yet been posted but I finished in 1:42 which was good enough for second out of the half-marathon group.
It was a fun experience that I would do again although I am not sure I would be up for moving up tot the marathon distance on the track.