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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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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/1/2013 10:10AM

    The Wineglass marathon? I'm doing that one - Oct 6th.

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CHANGINGHORSES 4/24/2013 5:45PM

    Great job! I say go for the marathon! (My vote is in.) emoticon

You will do great with either choice, so I guess which one do you want more?

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PDQ1203 4/24/2013 8:25AM

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BOILHAM 4/24/2013 8:15AM

    You are a beast!

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CLWALDRO 4/24/2013 7:57AM

    It sounds like you are ready for the 1/2 marathon and most races after you finish the 1/2 will allow you to continue if you wish for the full.
Best wishes on the new training

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WILSONWR 4/24/2013 6:20AM

    You're doing great! I would definitely go for that personal record in the half!

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MOBYCARP 4/23/2013 8:49PM

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That's a respectable time, and I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun doing your next half marathon!

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FITFOODIE806 4/23/2013 8:26PM

    That is a great time! And super close to your PR. with the race atmosphere and natural competition, I think you'd beat that PR. 13 miles is a long way to maintain that pace all on your own. You certainly proved you've got it. Sign up for that race!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/23/2013 8:12PM

    Looks like a solid plan....the extra race day energy might just help to make it a PR!

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LALMEIDA 4/23/2013 8:11PM

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/23/2013 7:18PM

    You're definitely ready for the half. Go for it!

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JESSIKA_56 4/23/2013 7:12PM

    Wow, lots of negative splits, awesome job! You are really fast!!

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THINRONNA 4/23/2013 4:27PM

    Nice job! Really impressive splits.

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KANDOLAKER 4/23/2013 4:09PM

    Great run, and sounds like you are so set for a HM! Best wishes to you!!

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WINDSURFNERD 4/23/2013 3:53PM

    You can definitely beat your old PR!! I reduced my HM time by about 6 minutes over 3 months and you're already strong and fast so it'll be a cinch (especially with the nicer weather)!! I'll get my pom-poms out to celebrate your next race! emoticon

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DOUGDC 4/23/2013 3:26PM

    I'm impressed. Those are great times, and way beyond my present capability. Yes, you should take pride in them, and I see nothing between you and a new PR. Maybe during that race you're signing up for -- my best times were always for a formal event.

Best to you, man.

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VISUALLYRICS 4/23/2013 3:19PM

    Yay for YOU! Go for that marathon! emoticon emoticon

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BLITZEN40 4/23/2013 3:17PM

    Wow, 7:37 for mile 7... I'd say not only are you ready to run it; you're ready to win it! That's an awesome pace! And only a 4:20 difference between your PR 12 years ago and your training run today- you must be living right! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 4/23/2013 2:37PM

    Amazing! I'm not certain what you PR is, but this looks like a winner to me!

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DESERTJULZ 4/23/2013 2:35PM

    Awesome job, congratulations!

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GOING-STRONG 4/23/2013 2:25PM

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KELLIEBEAN 4/23/2013 2:02PM

    REM gets it done! I was thinking about you yesterday.. saw a double jogging stroller outside a store we were at and thought about what a workout you must get in running with the kids.

I'm sure you are ready!

Go for it!

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NATPLUMMER 4/23/2013 1:53PM

    emoticon I think you are ready for the half for sure....especially with some REM to keep you company :-)

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