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Finished my first Half-Marathon!

DrBadger2010-05-02 02:39:05 +0000 #1
Yippie! I did my first Half-Marathon today, the Houston Half. It was so much fun! (I think I might have gotten the bug ). Weather was good... ~45 at the start, but warmed up once the sun came up so I was very comfortable in my capris and t-shirt. Finished in a very respectable 2:16:54.

I think that I will be signing up for the SF half this summer... wanted to do it last summer, but was training for a century ride, so didn't. The goal for that one will be a 2 hour half-marathon. I think that if I start working on speed drills it is doable....

Anywhoo... just wanted to share my excitement. Photos aren't up yet, but here is the info on my splits:

Bib

Age

Chip time Pace

10K

9 mile

28405

28 F 02:16:54 10:27:00 01:06:48 01:35:25

tomorrow the final results will be up including official chip times (these are technically "net times").
snapdragen2010-05-02 02:52:54 +0000 #2
Congrats doc!

Although why someone would want to run all that way just baffles me.....
OakLeaf2010-05-02 03:18:23 +0000 #3
Way to go Badger!
shawnada2010-05-02 03:42:45 +0000 #4
I agree with snapdragen
DrBadger2010-05-02 03:51:32 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by snapdragen

Congrats doc!

Although why someone would want to run all that way just baffles me.....

And just to get back where you started!

But if I do come out for the SF half this summer we will have to have a TE get together! How about the day after so I can partake in some lemon drops and other fine cuisine at the Ferry Building!
teigyr2010-05-02 04:57:32 +0000 #6
Congrats! My first one is in May. Do you have any words of wisdom?

Your times were great! And what's even better, you had fun. I can't wait to see pictures
kelownagirl2010-05-02 05:28:07 +0000 #7
Whoo hoooo!!!!! May it be the first of many!
DrBadger2010-05-02 05:37:11 +0000 #8
Quote:

Originally Posted by teigyr

Congrats! My first one is in May. Do you have any words of wisdom?

Your times were great! And what's even better, you had fun. I can't wait to see pictures

Have fun! My longest run in training was 11 miles last weekend (only did this week of tapering) I also didn't run anywhere near as often as was suggested in the training programs, always got in my long run, but did most of my mid week workouts in spin class. I think that this was actually good...nicer on the knees, and still gave me the base I needed for my long runs. YMMV.

The other thing that I did that I think really helped is that I set a pace alert in my forerunner for a 9:30 mile. I knew that if I started out faster than that I would burn out part way through. I was aiming for 10 min/miles, but it took me ~ 3 miles before I could really get to hold that pace due to all the people. I probably should have started out further up in the line up, but it was chilly out and I didn't want to stand outside any longer than I had to. The up side to starting further back was that I was passing people for almost the entire time... that is good for the ego!

Have a great time, and I can't wait to hear about your first half in May! You will have a blast!

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