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Texas Half RR (Did hell just freeze over?) (Read 142 times)


5K Specialist

    I just finished the couch to half program. It only took me 19 months. Joking


    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.

    7:13/7:27/7:23/7:28/7:32/7:24/7:17/7:26/7:31/7:32/7:43/7:44/7:20/6:55 kick


    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.

    Personal Bests:

    800M - 2:38 (5/28/13) | 1 Mile -5:54 (5/28/13) | 3K - 11:55 (12/29/12) | 2M - 13:00 (12/1/12) | 5K - 20:00 (4/12/13) | 13.1M - 1:37:24 (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!


          Wow, a 1:37 HM is very much legit.  Much grats on that Mr. Dan.








            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


              Fear is a Liar

                Awesome job Dan, Which plan did you use?


                I bet if you ran a marathon you would BQ! (hint,hint)

                I'm so vegetarian I don't even eat animal crackers!


                Beer-and-waffle Powered

                  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

                  Bad Ass

                    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!



                    "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."

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                      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

                      18 marathons, 18 BQs since 2010

                      delicate flower

                        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.


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                          Chief Unicorn Officer

                            Congrats Dan, that's an awesome time!

                            Mile 5:49 - 5K 19:58 - 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 Wink. Congrats on a fabulous HM debut!



                              Bless your heart.


                              Smaller By The Day

                       didn't just finish your debut half.  You raced the hell out of it.  Congratulations!


                                Weight 100 pounds lost

                                5K 31:02 Sept. 2012 / 23:36 Sept. 2013 (Same Course)

                                10K 48:59 April 2013

                                HM 2:03:56 Nov. 2012 / 1:46:50 March 2013

                                MARATHON 3:57:33 Nov. 2013