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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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