November 8, 2012 Leave a comment
Although the triathlon season has come to a wind down, many runners are ramping up for half and full marathons whether the races are local or in other cities and states. Starting in October through mid February, it’s not hard to find a half or full marathon to run. In this area alone, runners just finished up the 13.1 Series Half Marathon, the DRC Half Marathon, the Tyler Half and the new local half marathon in Fairview; the Showdown.
Now the well-known Dallas Half and Full Marathon(formerly White Rock) is right around the corner and many local runners will be lined up at the start line on Sunday, December 9th. So lets talk about the first time runner taking on their first race. Most new runners either train with a running buddy or have joined a local program that enables them to train in a group setting. Although they have done the mileage and have felt the burn, the fatigue and sometimes even a little mental burn out, come race day the adrenaline is in full force. The excitement at the start line, the chatter among the runners, and the personal butterflies that have landed right in the middle of their stomach is a new experience. Some runners handle it well while others find it a challenge.
Although the new runner is use to their normal training run they have done over and over again (meaning starting slowly and working into the pace of the day) something happens on a race day. On race day the tendency for many new runners is to do the opposite and rather than starting out nice and easy they go out too fast. The adrenaline takes over and urges the new runner to join the crowd that bolts from the starting line; always too fast. And they know, they need to slow down but….they feel good, their legs are fresh, logic slips away….
Starting faster than what you are able to finish in is the least effective way to race and can be so mentally depleting. Starting out running, then watching your pace start to slow down, then having to walk, etc…..We have all been there.
So this article is to show an example of a new runner from CK SPORTS that had a plan, executed it and ignore all outside distractions. She saw runners pass by her but she held her pace. Her plan was to run her first half starting out at a 12 minute pace and increase her pace throughout the second half and that she did. See results below. The Mile 5 dip in the pace was also something she learned in her first race. ….wearing too much clothing had her shedding off clothes for the second half. Next time, she will dress differently knowing her body temperature will warm up quickly.
Not many new runners complete their first distance race AND can show off a negative split race….Lets congratulate, Gina Jannereth! One under her belt and her words, “It was a great race! I was so excited that I followed my head and stayed disciplined. I felt good during the race and after the race.”