"Boy, Boom! was a hot one. It was 80° (for real) and 110% humidity (at least, that's how it felt). The race is a loop course, running 4 3.28 mile laps through and around the Marian University Velodrome in Indy. I started pretty strong, finishing my first lap right about where I'd hoped in just over 30 minutes, but quickly realized on the second, between the weather and the evening start, my hopes for a sub-2 were not going to happen. So, in mile 4, I switched to a 4/1 R/W plan. I was able to hold on to this through the second lap. Into the third, though, the conditions started getting the best of me and I slowed through it to an 11 min/mi pace. In the bell lap, I tried to pull it together, but started having some nausea and "grumbly stomach" symptoms in Mile 11 that really brought my pace down. In the end, though I recovered a bit and tried to finish strong.
I have to say, given the weather conditions and the course, which had two pretty good hills, I'm pleased with my performance. I think next half I might return to my start-slow-finish-fast plan. But I'm also going to work on that 9:00-9:10 long run pace to see if I can't try my coach's (Jason Fitzgerald) advice of running steady through runs > 10 miles. I will conquer the sub-2 half. It's just a question of when--in 2015 or early 2016."