November 2, 2013

My Marathon by the numbers

I spent the days after the marathon basking in the glory of my finish but quickly I was back to work in the gym and on my training plans.  First order of business was spending some time looking over the data behind my marathon.  I looked over my Garmin data and the race splits.  Overall, I'm pretty pleased that I was able to consistently bring my pace down over the second half of the race.  I can honestly say I'm surprised I was going so slow miles 25 and 26.  Sure my legs were tired, but I thought I was moving faster than that!

My pace, mile by mile from my Garmin:
Mile 1: 11:27
Mile 2: 10:54
Mile 3: 10:46
Mile 4: 10:08
Mile 5: 10:51
Mile 6: 10:51
Mile 7: 11:03
Mile 8: 10:39
Mile 9: 10:33
Mile 10: 10:27
Mile 11: 10:28
Mile 12:  10:11
Mile 13: 10:20
Mile 14: 11:00
Mile 15: 10:25
Mile 16: 10:24
Mile 17: 10:25
Mile 18: 10:14
Mile 19: 9:58
Mile 20: 10:23
Mile 21: 9:46 (Oops, too fast!)
Mile 22: 10:15
Mile 23: 10:18
Mile 24: 10:07
Mile 25: 10:32
Mile 26: 10:36
Mile 26.2: 9:36
Finish: 4:38.42

Standings:
Overall: 11568 / 23714 (Top 48%)
Gender: 3878 / 9985 (Top 38%)
Division: 796 / 1854 (Top 42%)

Key observations:
- Mile 4 was too fast.  I think we had just finished a bunch of hills and were ready to start moving a bit faster.
- Mile 21 was too fast.  I was getting a little too excited about the finish line ahead of me!
- I still had some kick into the finish line - that was fun!
- The first half marathon of this race, 2:22.45, was faster than my first two half marathons.
- The second half marathon of this race, 2:15.53, was faster than my half marathon PR at last year's Wine and Dine half.  Wow!  I've gotten a lot faster this year.
- Average pace for first 13 miles: 10:39.  Average pace for second 13 miles: 10:17. Whoa!  That was a bigger change than I expected!

Do you spend time analyzing race data?
{Christine}

10 comments:

  1. I should probably claim responsibility for that mile 21 speed, I think that's when I started to pick it up - sorry!

    I'm glad you posted this, since I had my Garmin set for the intervals I only get the data by intervals so I'm not able to see it broken down by mile, I meant to ask you if you could send me this!

    I still can't believe we both negative split by so much - go us! : )

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    1. Haha that's ok - I might not have finished under 4:40 otherwise! :) I noticed that in the begining we would have 2-3 consistent miles, a fast one and then a slow one haha! A coworker of mine actually did the math for first half and second half average pace...he announced it on a very large teleconference. I was both proud and mortified haha!

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  2. Nice analysis and great job on the race! Congratulations!!!

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    1. Thanks April! I'm an engineer by degree so nerdy analysis is my thing!

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  3. Great splits! Way to stay strong the entire way. Did you run the entire way or do run/walk intervals? I'm trying 2:1 intervals as I get into longer runs but I think I'm going too slow when I walk and it's keeping my pace slower. Or maybe I need to do my running faster? Any advice for this?

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  4. That's amazing! Congrats! I'm training for my first marathon at WDW this January. If you could choose a few key workouts from your training that helped you get these splits what would they be? I appreciate the advice!

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  5. Regardless of your pace, splits, etc, you did GREAT! Congrats! But I know what you mean, it is always fun to go back and analyze your accomplishments. It in some ways confirms "yea, I rocked that race"

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  6. Awesome job -- totally inspiring as I head into my first marathon in two weeks!

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  7. Way to go!!! That is so epic to me. I am just happy I am finishing 10ks at your marathon pace. You rock!!

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  8. Great job Christine!! You definitely kicked some booty!

    I love analyzing race data. I blame it on my type A personality haha!

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