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.
When I posted about my race plans for this year my plan was that my first race was to be the Around the Bay 30 km race in late March. Here we are two weeks into the year and I have added an earlier race to my calendar.
On Sunday I am running an indoor half-marathon. I found out about this one this past weekend and registered myself for the half-marathon shortly thereafter.
The race will take place at the dome where I go for my weekly speed intervals during the winter so I am familiar with the venue. That said this will be a very new experience for me. I generally end up doing 8-10 km when I go for speed intervals and that is with a break between intervals. This half-marathon will involve 52 3/4 laps of the track.
In addition to being unfamiliar with this distance on an indoor track the conditions could also make a difference. being indoor will make it seem more like a spring or summer run as opposed to the cool conditions I have been running in outside lately.
My plan for the race is to go out my marathon pace, about 4:30/km, and aim for a finish time of between 1:30-1:35 although as mentioned the heat could have an impact on that. In addition, having to change directions every 30 minutes may also have an impact on my pace.
In the end I am just hoping to have a good time and enjoy the fact I get to run an unexpected half-marathon this winter.
Have you ever run an indoor race?