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Half day

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I have been wanting to do a half marathon training run for a little while and finally did one today. I tried a few weeks ago but took a wrong turn and ended up a mile or so short. So today seemed like a good day to try again. It is in the low 40's, with a damp, raw feeling to the air. I didn't have a long sleeve shirt, which would have been nice, so I made do with a ss tee, a light running vest and shorts. After BLITZEN40's blog, I had REM on my mind and set the iPod to an REM mix.

It took a few miles to get warmed up and get into the groove. By mile 4 or so, I was feeling great and was running strong through about mile 12. I started to tighten up and get a bit tired in the last mile or so and fell off on the pace a bit. My time was 1:45:50 (8:04 min/mile average) and my splits were:

1 - 8:32
2 - 8:27
3 - 8:31
4 - 8:11
5 - 8:01
6 - 7:43
7 - 7:37
8 - 7:50
9 - 7:40
10 - 7:46
11 - 7:58
12 - 8:15
13 - 8:31 (Starting to get tired and hitting the last hill...)

I am pretty psyched about the string of sub 8 miles from mile 6 through 11! That is pretty good for me and a good indicator that I have a very solid base. I have been running more with the double jogger now that the weather is improving. Trying to push that thing with the two kids in it over the hills around here is a pretty good workout and has definitely contributed to my strength improvements. I think my half marathon PR is 1:41:30 (12 years ago, when I was 30), and with some speed work and favorable conditions/course, I think I could beat my PR.

One of my friends is running in the Corning marathon in Corning, NY in Oct. He has been working on convincing me to run either the full or half. I think I am going to sign up for the half, it will give me a good target to work towards. Maybe with the right train up and a race environment, I can beat my old PR?

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