I promised on Friday that I’d post an update on the half-marathon. First of all, I finished!
Here’s a picture of me about 100 yards from the finish with my running partner (and co-author) Shireen Campbell:
I finished the race in 1 hour, 51 minutes, and 59 seconds. That works out to a pace of 8:33 per mile, which is three seconds slower what I was shooting for. Still, I finished in the top third of competitors, and in the top half of my age/gender division, so I’ll take it! A few additional thoughts below:
- Shireen finished 1 second ahead of me, and 12th out of 75 in her division. Way to go!
- I did not experience the “runner’s high,” and neither did Shireen.
- Physically, I felt good for nearly the entire race. In fact, we were running well ahead of our projected pace for most of the race. However, the last two miles of the course are all uphill, and we slowed dramatically. It was the first time I felt like I was really laboring.
- As you can see, I’m rather big for a distance runner. Though I lost 20 pounds in training, I still tipped the scales at 210 pounds for this race. I’d be interested to see how my results compare to others in the 200-plus weight division.
- Overall, I was surprised at how quickly the race was over. In training, a two-hour run seemed like an eternity, but I was almost disappointed at how little time I had to enjoy the experience.
- That said, I don’t think I’ll be stepping up and running a marathon anytime soon. I might consider running another half, but I probably wouldn’t train as hard as I did for this one.
- Make sure you check out Kevin Beck’s incisive comment on my post from last Friday.