Kaiser Half Marathon (PR!)

OK, now I’m completely convinced these compression socks really are magic.  My third time wearing them and getting a PR!

After my 10K PR a couple weeks ago, I entered that time into the McMillan Pace Calculator to see what time I should be shooting for in the half marathon. It said I could do a 1:39:01. Since my PR at that point was 1:42:30, I really hoped it was right.

Even though I’m faster now than I was before Ellie was born, I wasn’t sure about my endurance. I’ve only done a few double digit runs, and they were all pretty slow.

Although I did end up with a time I’m super happy with, I definitely need to work on my pacing strategy for my next half (March 25 in Oakland). Here’s a little run-down mile by mile

Mile 1 – 7:21 – Uhh, how should I pace myself here? I don’t know how fast I should be going. Is this okay or should I speed up?

Mile 2 – 7:06 – Yeahhh, that was definitely too fast

Mile 3 – 7:40 – OK running around the panhandle is borrrring. Can we go back to the park, please?

Mile 4 – 7:23 – I think this is a good pace. Now can I hold on to it?

Mile 5 – 7:30 – Nope, obviously I can’t

Mile 6 – 7:10 – I really appreciate this downhill mile. And I really appreciate this vanilla Gu (which I almost didn’t bring, but definitely would have crashed had I not taken it)

Mile 7 – 7:21 – I’m not thrilled about the endless out-and-back on Great Highway. Where are Mike and Ellie?

Mile 8 – 7:31 – Yay! I saw them! I’m sooo tired of running directly into the sun.

Mile 9 – 7:46 – Where is the $%^# turn-around?!

Mile 10 – 7:44 – 5K to go. I can do this.

Mile 11 – 7:42 – This feels sooooo loooongggg

Mile 12 – 7:57 – I’m ready to be done.

Mile 13 – 7:51 – I’m REALLY ready to be done. WHERE IS THE FINISH LINE!?

Aaaand then I finished in 1:39:48. A PR by almost 3 minutes! The best part of the day was celebrating with my friends – they PRd too!

I really liked this race, even the death march along the Great Highway. It was really well organized, the volunteers were great, they called splits at every mile, and the finisher shirts are long-sleeved cotton (which I love – I have way too many technical shirts and I appreciate having something new to sleep in!)


22 Responses to “Kaiser Half Marathon (PR!)”

  1. 1 Jen February 6, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Congrats!!! Very strong race and close to your predicted time. Love that shot of you heading toward the finish line- look at those legs!!

    I ran this race in 2006 and had a great time. I also had a sunny day and remember that out and back section was pretty brutal. Also there is a hill at the end, yes? You did great out there. Keep up the good work!! It’s so inspiring to see such a fit and fast new mom!

  2. 2 Aron February 6, 2012 at 7:57 am

    You are on firrrrrrrrrre! I love it 🙂 so so so great, I can’t wait to see how you do in Oakland!

  3. 3 Alyssa February 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Congrats on a hugeee PR!!! I am excited to try again in Oakland too; I can’t wait to see you smash 1:30 there at the rate you’re flying, haha! 😉

  4. 4 Angela February 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Yay, congrats! I love the Kaiser shirts. That’s probably what I miss most about not running it this year.

  5. 5 Beth February 6, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Congratulations! You and your magic socks are just tearing up races left and right!

  6. 6 Amy Ramos February 6, 2012 at 9:17 am

    congrats!ok, so where did you get those socks? I may need to invest in some!

  7. 7 Michelle February 6, 2012 at 9:55 am


    Damn girl – look at those legs in that last running pic. That’s power!!

  8. 8 Kimra February 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

    What a race! Ugh, I remember that running-straight-into-the-sun situation from last year. And how cute are you all in the group shot?

  9. 10 natalie (the sweets life) February 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    i know i say it all the time but you are such a rockstar! keep it up!

  10. 11 Kelsey February 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    You are on fire, Cate! Way to go!!!

  11. 12 Krysten February 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I love the mile-by-mile recap…you crack me up! Congrats!!

  12. 13 Kate February 7, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Speed, endurance – you’ve got it all!

  13. 14 Tita February 7, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Love this post! So well written and funny. I ran the Kaiser yesterday too. What IS it about the Great Highway?! It always sucks to run that part of a race. I think it’s because it comes at the end and looks deceivingly flat but it’s not. There are slight ups and downs and the road surface is crumbly. Also it seems to go on forever. ‘Twas a good day out there though. Weather was very nice for racing. Congrats on the PR!

  14. 15 Nicole February 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Congrats! that is amazing. would love to see a post on how you’ve improved so much after your pregnancy/what worked for you to get faster.

  15. 16 Jen February 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    congratulations cate! i am so impressed by how speedy you are! especially post-baby. you are such a talented runner!

  16. 17 Brigitte February 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Ok…you’re going to laugh at me, but I found a mathematical error in your post. I added up each mile’s running times and came to 1:38:02. 🙂

    • 18 Cate February 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Math NERD!
      That’s because I actually ran 13.22 miles (according to my Garmin) – I just didn’t include the time for the extra part of a mile at the end

  17. 19 Brigitte February 8, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Oh good! I’m glad there is a good reason! I was pretty worried about the missing 1 minute and 46 seconds. See you Friday!!

  18. 20 Naomi February 9, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Great Highway was so not fun, but GREAT race photos! Mike is better than Brightroom! Congrats on the PR! I’m so looking forward to Oakland too!

  19. 21 RoadBunner February 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Congratulations on a huge PR!! And sub-1:40! Woot!!!

  20. 22 Page February 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I’m sorry this is so late, but HOT DAMN! Congrats on your PR and kicking more butt each and every day!

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