Here ye go: another day, another race recap. This one be the Allstate 13.1 Dallas Half Marathon, but you probably gathered that from the title of this post. Anyhoodle, I had another good race. It’s much more fun to run when you’re in relatively good shape, I tell you. Yes, it can suck getting into shape, but once you are, things are much easier.
I was going for a PR (personal record) in this race, and I got one! My previous PR was set a few years ago at the Dallas Rock N Roll Half. My sister and I pushed each other the whole race and actually beat Troy Aikman. Never mind I felt like puking the entire race from trying to keep up the pace. But that was a few years ago, and this was closer to current times.
The day was the 28th, the month was October, the year was 2012. And this time around I was going for a negative split – where the second half of the race is faster than the first half…and I was able to do it during this half. All the “experts” say this is the way to race to get good times. I like good times. Only problem is that I think I went out way too slow. I was trying to conserve and do a proper negative split, but I conserved too much me thinks. My first two miles were right at 9 minutes per. My last couple miles were under 8 min per. Too big of a gap me thinks. It’s all an experiment, I guess.
Either way I was able to PR at 1:47:43, beating my old best by 13 seconds. Here’s the difference – I never once felt like I might puke all over my Brooks. I was still sore and tired, but never felt the need to blow chunks. So what does that tell me? Glad you asked. It tells me that I can still go faster! I could’ve easily shaved a minute off by not going out so slow. Who knows what would’ve happened if I had pushed a little harder the first half of the race? Nobody, that’s who. What a stupid question. All we can do is imagine, and dream, and wonder, and other fantastical brain workings.
Other than that, the course was scenic, but a somewhat hilly. The weather was sunny, but cold, but that’s good for running. The medal was pretty cool too with a little spinning thing in the middle of it.
To sum up: Good times!