Half Marathon PR!!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: I have FINALLY ran 13.1 miles in under 2 hours!!! Smile

I’m finishing up week 9 of my 18 week marathon training plan.  Week 9 is actually a “scale back” week (not sure if that is the politically correct term, but you know what I mean) and it calls for a half marathon on Sunday.  Well, because we will be out of town again this weekend, and I couldn’t find any half marathons in the area, I decided to get my 13.1 miles in this morning.   I went into this run knowing that I REALLY wanted to break 2 hours, and I knew I was definitely capable.  I tried to get in the mindset of a half marathon, but it was a little challenging without all the spectators cheering me on. All I had were geese, bunnies, and dog walkers!

Throughout the run, I made sure to really focus on my pace.  I knew that this was important if I wanted to reach my goal of a sub 2 hour half marathon.  In all my races in the past, I’ve always gone out too fast, and I hit the wall by mile 10.  I’ve definitely learned A LOT from all my previous races.  As the miles kept ticking away, I was pretty confident that I would be able to achieve what I had set out to do!

I’ve completed 5 half marathons, and my goal has always been to simply finish.  Now I’m finally ready to start setting bigger goals for myself to become a stronger and smarter runner!

Now it’s off to work! Enjoy your Thursday!!


Do you stick to a training plan when preparing for a race?

How do you reward yourself when you finish an awesome run!?

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19 thoughts on “Half Marathon PR!!

    1. fitfortherun Post author

      a beer ALWAYS tastes good after a long run! I never thought I would be able to break 2 hours… and if I can, you can!

  1. grabyourkicks

    I know what you mean about spectators! It makes such a difference. I miss the high fives on long training runs. I have been sticking to a plan for my half marathon next month. I didn’t last time and I know it’s going to make a huge difference!

    1. fitfortherun Post author

      I also think about what I’m going to eat when I’m finished.. motivates me to finish a little faster :)

    1. fitfortherun Post author

      thank you! I was thinking about having ice cream for breakfast, unfortunately we didn’t have any :)

  2. running4cupcakes

    That is awesome!! Nice work. I am just smiling right now thinking of how awesome you must have felt when you looked down at your watch and saw that you made your goal!! You go girl. :)

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