Today I ran my first half marathon. I was really prepared to hate it. Definitely prepared to suffer. And even though my goal was not to walk, I was prepared for that possibility. The furthest I went in my training was 11 miles and we took a short break at the half way point. And that was weeks ago. I got sick, I had my duathlon, and then it was taper week for the half. So I was prepared to accept that I would do better next time.
The towpath is gorgeous this time of year, the course is extremely flat, and the race was a success.
I don’t have official times yet, but Noah’s watch said 2 hours 15 minutes and 59 seconds. My goal time was to average 10:30 pace. That time means weaveraged 10:22. So I definitely beat my first goal. My second goal was not to walk. I was prepared to take a break at water stops, but no walking. I did not walk. At all. AND! I did not stop at any water stops. I got my cup, gel, and banana on the fly and kept running. NO walking! I kicked butt on my goals.
Just like the duathlon, in which I had a great time and plan to compete again next year….I had a great time today and I definitely will be running the Towpath Half Marathon again next year!