Tuesday, January 20, 2009

More Half Marathon...

In looking at my posted times for this year and last year's races at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon, I have come across a few positive looking details.

I finished a good bit higher in overall placement and somewhat higher in age division placement.

Using the same set points of the race:
I reached the 6.2 mile mark 16 seconds faster in 2009.
I reached the 8.9 mile mark 2:38 faster in 2009. [Technically, this point is listed as mile 8.88 in 2008 and mile 9 in 2009.]
I finished 10:01 faster in 2009.

In 2008, I felt my worst during the last few miles. In 2009, I felt my best during the last few miles. In fact one of my thoughts as I finished this year was that I could have completed the full marathon with confidence. One of my 2008 problems that I successfully corrected this year was not to get too impatient with slower runners/walkers blocking my path and waste too much energy dodging and weaving to get around them, instead I was more careful to pick the best opportunities to move ahead. This kept me from using too much energy too early in the race.

All in all, I am still satisfied with this race, even more so now.


Rae! said...

Sounds good. What's next??

Richard said...

What's next?

Probably a local 5K at the end of January, then the Austin Half Marathon in mid-February.

After that....I'm still considering my options.