It Pays to Listen to Your Coach – Providence Half Marathon Race Report
This weekend I went to Providence, Rhode Island to run the marathon. At the race expo I reluctantly downgraded from the full to the half marathon. It was an emotionally painful acceptance (see Providence Marathon Pity Party of One) since 4 of my friends were running the full.
I wasn’t allowed to run the 26.2 distance and truth be told, I wasn’t in any shape to run having not trained. So based on conversations with my coach, I decided to embrace the Half and celebrate my 25th Half Marathon wearing my Half Fanatics (#4192) singlet!
Prior to the race, I wrote down the intervals Coach Galloway had instructed. He suggested: 5/55 for 3 miles, 10/50 for 3 miles, 10/30 for 3 miles and then 15/45 for the rest. However, once at the start I realized I had forgotten the paper up in the hotel room so I ended up running from memory and ran: 10/50 for 3 miles, 10/45 for 3 miles,15/45 from mile 6-12 and then 15/15 for the last mile.
I was so proud of myself for listening to my coach until I realized that I hadn’t followed his plan at all! However, I did my best with what I could remember (chemo brain) and I sorta/kinda/not really got the intervals right. The most important thing – I didn’t run or push myself when I was told not to – I listened to my coach.
Coach had mentally prepared me for a 3 1/2 hour marathon. At mile 10 I realized I was going to finish under 3 hours. I had so much energy and was passing other halfers one by one. I was overjoyed when I crossed the finish of the Providence Half in 2:48:06 with a 12:50 pace. To say I was Ecstatic would be an understatement!
What I learned from the Providence Half Marathon:
- You have the power to change your attitude: I didn’t have to feel down about downgrading from the full to the half so I made the choice not to
- Listen to your coach and follow the plan: I meant to and was under the impression I had – so I’ll take it and be happy with the results
- Be prepared: Make sure you know your run/walk/plan prior to going to the start line
- Sometimes running your own race is best: I enjoy running alone and even though my friends were running that day, it was best I face my inner demons alone
What was your experience when you followed or didn’t follow your coach’s advice?
Click here for the Providence Full and Half Race Report