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Adam Krueger ran: I don't know why, but...

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  • 13 miles
  • 01:26 time
  • 06:33 pace
  • 1104 calories
  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently /5 Effort.
    effort /5
great Prairie State Half Marathon 13.1 mi 01:26 06:33 pace

I don't know why, but I had some major doubts heading into this race. I knew how much work I had put in and the kind of time I was capable of, but still I doubted. All of the doubts were erased today.

My plan was to get out the gate at around 6:40-6:45 pace for the first three miles. I ended up running 6:38, 6:39, 6:35 so I was ahead of schedule and feeling good. Things had spread out pretty quickly and I was pretty much alone after mile 2. After mile 3, I decided to push the pace just a little bit...I was feeling good and I felt like I was in a good groove; next three in 6:33, 6:26, and 6:29. I did a brief mental celebration as I passed the 10K mark in 40:38 which is a new 10K PR for me.

At the turn I was on target, even a little ahead of schedule. The Prairie State course is a true out and back, you literally turn right around at about the halfway point. This meant that I got to see all of the people in front of me, and that I got to pass the rest of the field running in the other direction. This was actually really great, mostly because I received a lot of encouragement from the runners on what was a mostly spectator-less course.

Miles 7, 8, and 9 were pretty steady. I was definitely in the mindset of holding things steady. I felt like the pace I was on was near the limit. 6:30, 6:34, 6:36.

In between mile 9 and mile 10 was where things started to get real tough. There was a long gradual hill that really took it out of me and things were really spread out so it was kinda lonely too. At mile 10 I reminded myself that I only had a 5K left and just kept things together. Miles 10, 11, and 12 were 6:36, 6:39, 6:51 (oof).

I saw Chanthana at right around mile 12 and that was a big boost. Just to see a familiar face was great and also I was right on the heels of another guy so that gave me some resolve to keep pushing. At about mile 12.5 I could see the finish and I started pouring it on. I passed that guy with about 1/3rd of a mile left and told myself that I was not going to let him catch me. That powered me through the finish line with a new PR of 1:25:56, good enough for 11th place overall and 2nd in the 25-29 AG.

Overall I'm really pleased with how I executed this race. The start was a little speedier than I had planned, but I think that probably ended up playing to my benefit. I fell apart just a little bit at the end but pulled it back together and finished strong. Major thanks to my wife Leslie K. For coming out with our daughter to cheer me on. It was the thought of seeing them at the finish that kept me charging hard for that last mile.

GOOD LUCK to all of you running tomorrow in the Chicago Marathon!! Trust your training (unlike me) and run your buns off. Can't wait to read all of your race reports in the coming days, it's gonna be a great day for a marathon. Thank you also to each of you who have encouraged me through this training cycle - it kept me going and it means a lot to me. Now I'm going to go bask in the glow of a race well run.

Final splits: 6:38, 6:39, 6:35, 6:33, 6:26, 6:29, 6:30, 6:34, 6:36, 6:36, 6:39, 6:51, 6:25, :21 (5:48)

  • David F.
    David F.

    great speed on the trails

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Patrick W.
    Patrick W.

    That's an amazing time! Congrats!

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Tony K.
    Tony K.

    Adam, those are some really great even splits, and a fantastic rally at the end. As you've proved with this race, it doesn't matter what doubts are in your head before the gun goes off, it only matters how much you can believe in yourself when you're out on the course riding that fine red line. With this race and all that you've accomplished in the last couple years, you truly are a seasoned veteran of the roads!

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Mary N.
    Mary N.


    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Daniel S.
    Daniel S. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    That's an outstanding Half, Adam!

    almost 5 years ago

  • Ria H.
    Ria H. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Wow Adam!! Hats off to you!! That's some amazing speed there!!!

    almost 5 years ago

  • Erin
    Erin You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    damnit DM, I wrote this nice long comment and it ate it. BOO. in summary: huge congratulations. you worked your tail off in training, and it paid dividends today. so very happy for you. so stoked, Adam. wonderful job.

    almost 5 years ago

  • K

    Holy crap dude, that's an awesome race! Wow, impressive man! You are a lightning bolt, great job!

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Chanthana You Rock
    You Rock:

    It was exciting to see you destroy the course! Big congrats on the PR, Adam! It was wonderful to meet you, Leslie and your beautiful daughter.

    almost 5 years ago