On the 1st kilometer, one runner beside me asked if my pacing (6:00 minutes per kilometer) which I considered very slow was the right pace to finish the half-marathon. I answered him that his pacing/speed should depend on the nature of his training and preparations for the race. The other runner kept silent and we continued to run together for the next 500 meters until he slowed down and he was left behind.
The only lesson I’ve learned here was my tendency to be conservative and be able to maintain a slow pace at the start of the race in order to preserve my strength for the uphill portions and mountain route. Although I wanted to have a finish time of less than 2 hours, it was too late already to adjust and speed up my pace on the last half of the race when the heat of the sun started to slow me down.
I started to be aggressive and speed up my run on the uphill portions of the route and along the mountain route. I was comfortable and relaxed on my run but I slowed down on my way back to the finish line. I spent so much of my strength at the mountain route.
Although I was not able to attain my goal for this race, I considered this race as my long slow run for last week’s training in preparation for the Pasig River Heritage Marathon on 24 February. I did not have any major muscle pains or any injury after the race. I made a fast recovery that I could feel I could run another 10 miles the day after the race.
Slowly, I need to put more speed to my strengthening/endurance runs for a better time on my next races. But, I should be very observant on impending signs of injury on my feet and leg muscles.
For the past three days, I did not have any runs and just rested my body. I ate a lot of carbohydrates and protein foods. I had to drink lots of water and energy/sports drinks to replenish minerals lost from the body due to my sweats/perspiration.
At the end of this month, I should be able to run 3 hours for my long slow runs.