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My First Half Marathon (Read 44 times)

    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: 13.10
    Time: 1:39:06 for a 7:34/mile pace

     

    Splits:
    First half (6.55 miles): 50:57 for a 7:47/mile pace
    Second half (6.55 miles): 48:09 for a 7:21/mile pace

     

    Weather: 64 degrees/dew point 44 degrees
    Shoes: 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..?!!

    Personal Records:

    5K - 20:18 ran in August 2019

    10K - 41:15 ran in September 1990

    Half Marathon - 1:39:06 ran in September 2020

    LedLincoln


    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! Smile

      Beware of a tall blond man with one black shoe.

        That is fast for the first time

          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! Smile

           

          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.

          Personal Records:

          5K - 20:18 ran in August 2019

          10K - 41:15 ran in September 1990

          Half Marathon - 1:39:06 ran in September 2020

            That is fast for the first time

             

            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.

            Personal Records:

            5K - 20:18 ran in August 2019

            10K - 41:15 ran in September 1990

            Half Marathon - 1:39:06 ran in September 2020


            an amazing likeness

              Wow!  That's a heck of a debut, impressive. More so that it was done as a time trial.

              Acceptable at a dance, invaluable in a shipwreck.

                Wow!  That's a heck of a debut, impressive. More so that it was done as a time trial.

                 

                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.

                Personal Records:

                5K - 20:18 ran in August 2019

                10K - 41:15 ran in September 1990

                Half Marathon - 1:39:06 ran in September 2020


                an amazing likeness

                  Sigh...Those days for me are long...long gone.

                  Acceptable at a dance, invaluable in a shipwreck.

                    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...

                    Personal Records:

                    5K - 20:18 ran in August 2019

                    10K - 41:15 ran in September 1990

                    Half Marathon - 1:39:06 ran in September 2020