Race Autopsy: 2015 Brooklyn Half Marathon

Pre Quote

Clearly, I am no Prefontaine.

Yet at mile 7 of this weekend’s Brooklyn Half, this quote was going through my mind. I was intentionally holding back, running 9:30s when my body was screaming to run sub 9. It felt silly, and strangely dishonest, I was holding back not to have something in the tank I was doing so because I have other dreams, dreams of finally breaking four hours at the Vermont City Marathon next weekend.

So I followed the game plan. I held back fro the first ten as best I could average around a 9:35 mile, then I opened it up a bit for the last three. The rain started, Nas’s Get Down came up on my playlist, and I started running 8:30s.

It was wonderful and strangely easy.

Unofficial time: 2:04:12

It almost felt like cheating.

This weekend, though, this weekend is going to be different. At Vermont City, I’ll be giving my best. All of it.

Like Brushing Your Teeth

Dellinger with Steve Prefontaine

 

“Dellinger was good in the running events.  He’d tell his boys that when you get really fit, running’s easy, running’s like brushing your teeth” Bowerman said.  “Of course, that wasn’t training.  Training is like having your teeth cleaned an hour a day”

– Bill Bowerman on Bill Dellinger from Kenny Moore’s 2006 Runner’s World article “Leading Men” about Prefonatine’s time at Oregon.