I just finished the couch to half program. It only took me 19 months.
In December I decided to train for a HM with the backup plan of a 15k if I couldn't get the mileage. I dropped the plan in the middle of December due to the increase mileage giving me piriformis issues and a beat up feeling. After giving up a week, I was able to get back on track on run healthy until my race today. I think it helped that I changed shoes from Vomeros to Nimbus.
1:37:24 41/657 overall and 5/62 in AG. Not bad for my debut.
My goal for today was 1:40 with a stretch goal of 1:38. I was planning to try to do even 7:30 splits. I was concerened about fading at about mile 10 and beyond because I had only three training runs of 10 or more miles. My biggest mileage week was 32. I was scared going into the race because of the low mileage.
About a week ago I heard that Slymoon was going to be in this race too. I was happy since we are about the same pace. We meet up at the starting line and ran the first 9 miles together. This helped me, mentally. I could focus on something other than the length of the race. At mile 9 I faded slightly to a little slower than 7:30 and Slymoon went ahead of me.
My splits were strong until mile 11. At that point I struggled for the next two miles. I was still able to get those at 7:43 and 7:44. After mile 12 I gave it everything I had in mile 13. I didn't want to kick at the end of the race, but I got challenged by two people from behind; therefore, I kicked hard to beat them. They probably took about 5 seconds off my time.
After the finish, I almost cried. On February 22, 2012 I was basically told that I would be able to run anything beyond about a 5k by my ortho. I proved him wrong today. I meant a lot to me to do this my way too. I was well enough trained to run a very strong half. I like the 5k better, but I felt like I had something to prove. I am glad I got this race behind me. It proves that I can run any distance strong.
3K - 11:55 (12/29/12) | 2M - 13:00 (12/1/12) | 5K - 20:00 (4/12/13) | 13.1M - I did my time (2/3/13)
GREAT!!!! Really loved reading this from beginning to end. (Not that is was that long) Very strongly run race with a great time. Congrats Dan!!
Nice job, Dan! I am glad you were able to get through training, and you ran a great race!
Started C25K Feb. 2012! First 5K 5/1/12 32:00
Current PRs: 5K: 26:03 12/15/12 10K: 58:32 9/23/12
10M: 1:26:15 3/16/13 HM:1:56:00 4/14/13
Wow, a 1:37 HM is very much legit. Much grats on that Mr. Dan.
Shake off the dust....Arise.
PR's.....5k - 24:00......10k - 55:21........15k - 1:19:43.......HM - 1:59:45
Excellent job! Strong race.
Excellent run for a first HM.
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T.S. Eliot
Danger makes me hungry
Awesome job Dan, Which plan did you use?
I bet if you ran a marathon you would BQ! (hint,hint)
Moving forward one step at a time :-)
Nice race, very solid, especially for a debut.
In the words of my late-coach : Just hang in there, relax... and at the end of a race anyone you see.....just pass them
Congratulations, Danny! Awesome first HM and awesome time!
Didn't I tell you last year that whoever told you that was not correct? I am glad I was proven right!
DamarisMarathon Maniac, Ultra Runner
PRs: 24:57 (5K); 51:25 (10K); 42:46 (5 Miles); 2:04:31 (HM); 4:34:09 (Marathon); 8:00 (Trail 50K)
Damaris Runs with Asthma
That's an awesome fast time for a first half-marathon! Bravo, Dan!
PRs: Boston Marathon, 3:27, April 15th 2013
Cornwall Half-Marathon, 1:35, April 27th 2013
Dan, fantastic work on the HM debut! Really impressive stuff. Miles 11-13 are supposed to be difficult. Sounds to me like you did it right.
Great job, outstanding debut.
5k 19:26 4/27/13 - 10k 41:35 1/15/13 - 20k 1:24:55 2/23/13 - HM 1:28:10 3/17/13
Upcoming - ERR 10K 5/25 - OK5K 6/8 - MS 5K 7/30 - Strider Mile 8/17 - RnR HM 9/1
Chief Unicorn Officer
Congrats Dan, that's an awesome time!
Mile 5:49 - 5K 20:08 - 10K 43:06 - HM 1:36:54
Dan, I am just over the moon excited for you! Have I told you that already? I feel like I've told you that already . Congrats on a fabulous HM debut!
Bless your heart.
Smaller By The Day
Wow...you didn't just finish your debut half. You raced the hell out of it. Congratulations!
Blueberry Stomp 5K (9/12) - 31:02
Feel The Learn 5K (10/12) - 26:58
Indianapolis Monumental HM (11/12) - 2:03:56
Run For The Heart 5K (12/12) - 25:48:48
Valpo Valentine's Day 5K (2/13) - 24:45:08
Chi Town HM (3/24/13) - 01:54:07.2
Dart For The Arts 10K (4/13/13) - 48:59
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (11/02/13) -
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