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November 2, 2011 / Rohit

Race Report: LA Rock ‘n’ Roll Half

I had a surprisingly good race. Initially I had planned for a conservative target, but when I reached the start line, I said “What the heck!” and started fast. Even at the beginning I was playing the race in my mind and wanted to keep a 9:00/mile pace for the first half. However, by the time I was past mile 2 my average pace was already 8:30/mile. Fortunately, I was feeling good.

The course started out flat, even slightly downhill, for the first 4.5 miles and then changed to a gradual uphill. The second half was mostly up-and-down with a steep hill around mile 9. I knew this and in spite of that when I crossed mile 6 I increased the tempo. My Garmin showed an average pace of 8:15/mile.

Around the 7 mile mark it started getting hot. The course was also pretty boring. These two factors were playing on my mind and had this been a training run, I would have slowed down. But that was not the case and I was able to shut my mind up.

When I crossed mile 10, I increased my pace to 8:00/mile. This is where it started becoming difficult. I started getting side-cramps and had to try really hard not get distracted. So I broke the next 3 miles into intermediate targets of 1 mile each and aimed to reach them one at a time.

When I reached the final mile, I was pretty confident that I was going to break my personal best. I crossed the finish line with a 1:48 on my Garmin. I was exhausted and happy.

To summarize, I hit all targets:

  • Finish the half marathon — Passed
  • Finish under 2 hours — Passed
  • Get a personal best — beat 1:50 — Passed (1:48:42)
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