After taking two units of insulin after my high blood sugar I was ready to begin my stretching and warmup. With the temperature at 26 degrees it took longer than usual to warmup, the blood sugar didn't help my cause either. As I headed to the start line I could feel the insulin I took an hour earlier starting to work, it was crazy my mouth was no longer dry and my muscles felt loose. As the race began I felt very strong, I told myself to make sure that I ran the first few miles around a 9 minute pace. If I did that I would conserve enough energy and be able to finish strong. As usual I felt so good at the start that I went out a lot faster than I planned on, the worse part was I felt that I was holding back. My first three miles were as follows, 8:31, 8:04, 7:51. Horrible time if I was running a 5k but to fast for a half marathon, I continued to feel very strong and hit the 6 mile marker at 46:04. Then everything caught up to me. I would run the last three miles of the race in 9:31, 9:41 and 9:02. I wanted to start the race with mile times like that. The only thing that made me happy at the end of the race was my blood sugar of 94, the day started off rough but I was happy that I was able to run the half marathon with blood sugars below 180.
I put a lot of work in this winter, a lot of time on the treadmill, bike and in the weight room. I forgot to work on pacing which was evident yesterday. I would finish with a respectable time of 1:49:26 but I felt like I had run a horrible race. I was not happy with my performance. I have almost two months to prepare for the biggest race of my spring season. The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Half Marathon, it will be a dream fulfilling weekend in which I will have the honor to interview Team Novo Nordisk memberStephen England. I want to run the NJ half marathon in under 1:40:00, I will be working like crazy for the next two months, pacing will be the key to realizing a PR at the NJ Marathon.