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my first half marathon!! (with pics!)

Monday, October 08, 2012

Lizalot and i (and our DDs & her SO) went to London together and after a somewhat disastrous trip transportation wise, the three runners (her DD & us) both had a wonderful wonderful Royal Parks Half Marathon.
I did much better than expected for my first half - 2h40:50 chip time and 2h50:57 garmin time (the garmin also says i ran 13.3 miles, so respective paces of 12:16 or 12:06).
It was beautiful cool day, blue sky day in the various Royal Parks (cooled off afterwards and left me shivering). I finished 10879/11762 overall 1523/1695 of women over 40. i still find it totally astonishing that i did it. and that i enjoyed it. i enjoyed the run, the view, the people, my music, and my strength -- the fact that i could actually do this.

ran Galloway method with 45 second run/walk intervals. a little tired at the end, but not a lot. (i felt like i was passing people for most of the last 7 miles, when a lot of people who had done straight running ran out of steam.
also had a great time in London with my daughter who was waiting at the finish line. this means i really might be able to run the Florence half marathon in April in the limit time of 2h30, with some more (careful) training. i then walked for miles around London and the British Museum with DD and didn't even fall asleep on the Eurostar home (home a bit after midnight).
here are the garmin stats (the ones on the watch, for the moment it doesn't want to download my stats, which is incredibly irritating). i think the reason it was so much better than the training has been is partly that it was mostly quite flat, but i can't verify that yet.
13.3 miles
12.06 av pace
147 av HR
mile splits


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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/15/2012 9:26AM


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CANNIE50 10/11/2012 7:04PM

    Nice! I have zero doubt about your ability to do a 2.30 1/2 marathon. I love that you walked so much afterward, that probably diminished some of the soreness. What an amazing 1/2 marathon to choose as your first. Ironically, I am embarking on what is probably my last half-marathon, in several days. I am switching to 5ks. I have done lots of half-marathons and one full marathon, and I don't regret a single one. I have learned SO much about myself, over all the miles. I look forward to hearing about your continued adventures in running.

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YIWEN39 10/9/2012 8:23PM

    That is absolutely AWESOME!!!!!
What a fantastic achievement AND you shared the experience with your friends (and us too!) AND you even had FUN doing it! I love this :-) CONGRATS!!!

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LISALGB 10/9/2012 7:54PM

    Fantastic!! I am so happy for you!! You did great! And, I love the green shirts!! Terrific color for you!
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PIXIEMOM13 10/9/2012 2:28PM

    Big congrats! That kicks the tail out of my first.. lol.. ;) Way to go!

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SARAWALKS 10/9/2012 11:09AM

    OH this is SO EXCITING! and how great that you then went on to do more... And FLORENCE coming up, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Great time - and I will have to try your strategy - never heard of that! Is it good for shorter runs too?
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BOILHAM 10/9/2012 10:11AM

    Congratulations on your first HM. Great job!!

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CELLISTA1 10/8/2012 11:58PM

    Fantastic! Wonderful! Amazing! I am cheering from afar! You are indefatigable. No one could possibly guess that you began your running career so recently. You have truly changed your life. I'm so happy for you.

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JUNEPA 10/8/2012 8:45PM

    Great race with friends and family in an interesting destination race.
On to the next interesting destination race, Florence
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DAPHNE_RUNS 10/8/2012 7:42PM

    Congrats on your finish. I was looking forward to reading about your half. It reads like a great first half experience. I have no doubt you can PR 2:30 on your next half next spring.

Thanks for sharing!


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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/8/2012 5:33PM

    Congratulations! You deserve to be very proud of yourself. Our family (3 generations) visited London in July and had a wonderful time.

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MINIUM 10/8/2012 3:27PM

    I am SO proud of you!!! Well done! I'm so happy you're looking forward to the next one. Way to go!

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NATPLUMMER 10/8/2012 11:57AM

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KAYATLANTA2010 10/8/2012 11:41AM

    Congratulations on a great race!

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/8/2012 11:28AM

    That is so impressive. I don't know much about running (never liked it and now can't do it) but sounds like you did great and what a neat thing to do on a European vacation!

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FITMAY 10/8/2012 11:24AM

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I'm so happy for you!!! I'm sure you can rock Florence too!
Love from SC,

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LAURIE5658 10/8/2012 11:12AM

    Congratulations and may there be many more HM's in your future!!!

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MIRAGE727 10/8/2012 11:02AM

    What a great experience. You ran well and obviously enjoyed it! That's what the first is all about!
Soooo, when's your next Half?

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TRILLIUM22 10/8/2012 10:41AM

    Great job, You pacing looks really good, especially for a first half marathon. Loved the pictures. Even spotted the Gymboss on your hat. And I think on of the biggest pluses of the Galloway method is the finishing strong. It makes such a difference in how you feel about the race. Quite a bit of walking afterwards

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MAGGIE101857 10/8/2012 10:38AM

    emoticon I love reading about 'firsts"!!!! It's a feelng you will never forget!!!

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CELLO23 10/8/2012 10:37AM

    Hey Striver! Congratulations on your wonderful half (and to Lizalot!). Was wondering how it went. You look great on the pix - well fit! Highly inspiring to us all - thank you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 10/8/2012 10:16AM

    That's great and very inspiring. I'm thinking of doing the Air Force Half next year using Galloway.

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KRISTEN_SAYS 10/8/2012 9:39AM

    How awesome!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/8/2012 9:30AM

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You should expect to do better in a race than in a training run, especially if you have tapered. Well rested, good weather, race adrenalin -- will get you much closer to your best pace, especially on a flat course.

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MARATHONDAD 10/8/2012 9:21AM

    great job!!!!!

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KANDOLAKER 10/8/2012 9:18AM

    Congratulations on your first half marathon!! How awesome and the photos are great! Best wishes on your next one.


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JASMINELOU 10/8/2012 9:16AM

    Congratulations! Thanks for posting the pictures, looks like you had a great time!

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ONMYMEDS 10/8/2012 8:55AM

    Nice job!! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 10/8/2012 8:26AM

    Wow! How fantastic! You look so calm in the pictures. This rave must have been extra special with family running with you. And to go walking all over town afterwards...good for you! I admire you for how far you have come and can't wait to read about your next adventure!


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SYNCHRODAD 10/8/2012 7:53AM

    A wonderful story. I showed your page and pictures to my wife. One picture in this is most beautiful. Notice the neck and chin line of the lady in the second picture. She is about 5 feet tall, and used to weigh 83 kilos (183 lbs.) Can you believe it?!!! She finished a half marathon! Can you believe it?!! Believe it!!!

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/8/2012 7:37AM

    Wow!!! You all looked fab (this green t-shirt is nice!), and I am so glad you had a great time. In my view, this is the most important! And I am sure you can improve your time by April, as you had to stop running for a while these last few months. You'll do even better next time! Yay!

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    Congratulations on a great race! I'm so glad at you were able to do it and that you felt strong through it. I highly admire the pace that you kept! I do think that, by April, you'll easily be able to cut 10 minutes off of your time. Even if you do 2/1 instead of 45/45, keeping your current speeds, I think it'd shave off the time. You're going to be a world runner!!

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SEABREEZE65 10/8/2012 6:58AM

    Great race!
It does feel good to feel strong doesn't it!!?
I may give those 45:45 intervals a try.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/8/2012 6:43AM

    That's great! The excitement of the race changes everything!

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LIZALOT 10/8/2012 5:43AM

    Wasn't it fun?? You did so much better than I did, but at least I made a pr of 13k (8 miles) straight running which i was really pleased with.

i would definitely have slept on the train going back. did manage to drive back to Aylesbury (about an hour) though. SO won't drive on the left yet. but he'll have to get used to it!
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SWEDE_SU 10/8/2012 5:20AM

    your miles look very similar to mine, except for the mile at the end with a hill, it slowed me to 14. what a fantastic experience! can't believe you still walked all over london afterwards! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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