I started this blog one year ago the day before I ran the 3M half marathon. It was an amazing experience, I loved it and after I completed it I really felt like a runner and knew I wanted to do a full in the fall. This year once again I ran the 3M. I was a lot less nervous and really did not have any real goal (I was thinking a 1:45 would be nice) but my real go was to just go out and have fun. This really worked out well for me, not having any pressure to make a certain time goal allowed me to just run by feel and since I felt great I also managed a good run. The race started almost an hour late because it was really windy and barricades were getting knocked down along the course. The late start really ended up being good for me because the sun was up and it was a little warmer, perfect running weather. The wind didn’t affect me as much as I thought it would, it felt like it was at my back for most of the race which is nice. My first 5 miles were my best, I slowed down by about 30 seconds/mile after that because my ITB tightened up a little bit. It wasn’t bad though, not enough to make me walk or run turtle pace. I finished in 1:43:32 which is a big PR for me..my former PR for a half marathon was 1:56:39 (last April at the Zooma half marathon). I was really thrilled with my finish time but more importantly I really enjoyed myself and finished with a big smile on my face. I plan on running more races with the goal of just having fun because this was truly one of my most enjoyable race experiences.
Garmin Data from today’s race: