Last year I ran the Lifeline of Ohio 1/2 Marathon with some of the high school girls I coached. It was a good race and fun to experience it with those new to the half marathon distance and it was my slowest half marathon ever.
Until now. :)
Coach allowed me to do the race, but I had to play by her rules. And the rules basically stated I had to run slow. I started with a 10 minute warm-up. Then I had to run in zone 1 for 30 minutes, followed by zone 2 for 45 minutes, and finally zone 3 for 45 minutes. The zone 1 miles were in the 10:30 to 11:00 range. The zone two miles were in the 9:30 to 10:00 range and the zone 3 miles were in the 9:00 to 9:30 range. Keep in mind, my usually half marathon pace is somewhere between 7:50 to 8:20. The plan called for 2 hours, but I wasn't finished with the race in two hours, so we (Andrea and I--I can't believe she ran the whole thing with me) dropped the hammer for the last mile plus until the finish line. My heart rate skyrocketed up to 194 coming up the last hill at the end.
Overall time, 2:10:15.
I'm trusting coach, though, and I know this is all going to translate into fantastically big races in the fall.