Blue Ridge Half Marathon
2010- time 1:49:27 (chip) 1:49:37 (gun), Pace 8:22/M, Place 58/450 overall, 10/30 in my age group, 51/216 among men
2011-time 1:37:19 (chip) 1:37:22 (gun), Pace 7:26/M, Place 10/368 overall, 1/36 in my age group, 9/176 among men
2012- time 1:35:29 (chip) 1:35:29 (gun), Pace 7:17/M, Place 8/515 overall, 2nd place Master, 7/231 among men2013-time 1:41:53 (chip) 1:41:55 (gun), Pace 7:47/M, Place 48/798 overall, 3/42 in my age group, 41/357 among men
2015-time: 1:45:29 (chip) 1:45:29 (gun), Pace 8:03/M, Place 23/840 overall, 1/54 in my age group, 19/355 among men
2016-time: 3:54:56 (chip) 3:54:56 (gun), Pace 17:55/M, Place 846/890 overall, 64/64 in my age group, 389/399 among men
Statistically, its bound to happen. Go out for a run, over do it, something becomes uncomfortable and walk back home. Its unfortunate when something like that happens during a race and even more so when its a race that has been the focus of a training cycle.
It must have happened during the 2nd mile...by mile 3 I found my pace falling back and I couldn't open up my stride at all. I ended up walking the course this year. No big deal...sure its a little disappointing to have to end the 5 yr streak of podium finishes at this event, but at least I stayed on course and crossed the finish line. The streak of finishing the Blue Ridge Half every year since its inception remains intact.
Its not like I really had anything to prove to myself at this event anyway. I already had a half marathon PR of 1:32:58 at the Martinsville Half Marathon just a few weeks prior, so I can't say the training cycle as a whole was unsuccessful, plus I finished the race that was the focus of the training cycle. A bit slower than goal time, but as I've always said...
"In the world of endurance sports, just waking up and going the distance makes you a winner."
Garmin Stats: HERE