|This year's HR distribution|
The thing that most threw me off was that I knew from last year that my watch measured the course a little bit short, but yesterday every mile marker I got to seemed to be further down the road by as much as 10%. So my watch said I was running a 7:20 pace, but I got to that first marker around 7:40. It messed with my head. Were the markers off? How were they going to catch up? My grand total distance on my watch was 13.9. Did they change the course?
|Last year's HR distribution|
I somewhat doubt it. I ran at the top end of my HR zones throughout. Basically, I ran harder (see graphs), but not any faster. In general, I feel fitter than I did last year. A summer of PRs supports this feeling. And this leads me to think that perhaps I am over-trained/under-rested. I did race Devil's Chase 2 weeks ago. And, though I did both Devil's Chase and Chilly last year, I was coming off of a less consistent training base from the summer.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. I want to PR every time, but sometimes, it's just not in the cards. I will to use this experience as the impetus to review my racing and resting schedules, but I also don't want to read too much into one race. The plan has been very successful for me in the last year, a little fine tuning is not a bad thing.