>Look What I Can Do!>My First Half Marathon
Today was the day. I ran my first HALF MARATHON! This has been a goal for a long time. I didn't want to rush it and have been gradually increasing my mileage. I set September as the month to do it but didn't commit to the distance today until I was about 4 miles into the run. I wanted to make sure it was a day that I felt good with cooperative weather conditions. Once I made up my mind at the 4 mile point, I treated it like my "event" or race. Who knows when real racing will be back so I simulated in my mind as best I could and went for it.
Stats:Miles: 13.10Time: 1:39:06 for a 7:34/mile pace
Splits:First half (6.55 miles): 50:57 for a 7:47/mile paceSecond half (6.55 miles): 48:09 for a 7:21/mile pace
Weather: 64 degrees/dew point 44 degreesShoes: Hoka Clifton 6
I did no tapering for it and did a hard 10K tempo run two days ago but I think with only running three times per week, tapering is less important. The mental groove I was in felt really good. The world became the rail trail and my breathing. "Relaxed and Strong" - that mantra helped my form to be smooth. I ate and drank nothing during the run but with the temperature and dew point as they were, I think this was fine.
So, what's the next goal? Do I dare say a full marathon..?!!
5K - 20:18 ran in August 2019
10K - 41:15 ran in September 1990
Half Marathon - 1:39:06 ran in September 2020
not bad for mile 25
Congrats - excellent first half! I bet you'll be even faster when real races return. As for goals...well, both another half and a full sounds like the right plan for you!
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That is fast for the first time
Thank you! I do think a real race environment would help with adrenaline and the whole atmosphere. I was able to focus pretty well mentally today but a solo run can't quite compare.
I want to err on the side of caution so am not sure about whether a full marathon is in the cards for next year but I think a goal of 20 miles would be a reasonable one to set.
Thanks. My goal was 7:45 pace so I did beat that by quite a bit. After such a hot summer, running in cooler temps definitely helped with my pace.
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Wow! That's a heck of a debut, impressive. More so that it was done as a time trial.
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Thank you! I see that you ran 1:38:47 - nice! I've been looking at that 1:30 half-marathon thread for a while now. I know that 9 minutes is a lot to knock off but I might check it out.
Sigh...Those days for me are long...long gone.
Sorry to hear that. I see lots of walking on your calendar so have to assume you're having injury issues. I hope things improve soon...