While Nutella and sashimi may not go together very well, I’m trying to put together a winning combination this weekend at the Hyannis Half Marathon. I have a few “goals” for the race: (1) beat my time a 1:53:XX from Rehoboth; (2) not be the last QT2 athlete across the line; and (3) finish the run without any injury hiccups (I’ve had minor muscle strains after running my last two 5Ks). In trying to figure out how to pace for the race, I entered all of my relevant information into the fantastic QT2 Run Calculator including training miles, years of experience and 5K times.

The calculator popped out a ZR run pace of 9:52 min/mile – 10:49 min/mile, perfect, right on target. A Z1 run pace of 8:54 min/mile – 9:33 min/mile, once again, correct and Z2 run pace of 8:16 min/mile – 8:54 min/mile, not bad, although those times may be a little slow. Then, the calculator projected my race time to be 1:42:19. Really? 13.1 miles at 7:49 min/mile pace? The calculator seems to think I can PR my half marathon time by 10 minutes. Kind of crazy. I guess I’ll have to see what happens on Sunday. I figure I’ll go out a 8 flats, hold the pace and if everything feels good, bring it in hard over the last 3 miles.

At least I’ll have these to help me along the way.

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Kelly Burns Gallagher

mccarter english employment litigator / oiselle team runner / coeur sports triathlete / sonic endurance coach & race director / witsup.com writer / dartmouth '02 / emorylaw '05

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