Sunday, September 25, 2005

Half Marathon

ORN: 13.1 miles, 5/1, 2:38:35

HOLY COW! Did I have a great day. I haven't been under 2:45 in a half marathon in years. I haven't been much in 3 hours in a LONG time, so this was a very pleasant surprise.

This was a "check up" run in advance of the marathon. I wanted to settle in to a comfortable pace and hold it. I came across the first 10K in under 36 minutes - not a good sign. So, I backed it off some and just rode it out.

The race - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Half Marathon - by the way, is a great event and certainly one that you should consider. Toronto is a wonderful international city. Unlike some international cities, the language and the money in Toronto is close enough to the US that is not a big problem.

Anyway, I am VERY pleased and feeling good about my preparations for Chicago.

Waddle on,



Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Well done!

WhitneyD (passed by weiner dogs) said...

That's GREAT!!! Congratulations on your time and finishing without any problems!

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Helen L said...

Bravo! Now, if I can just do that well in my half....

liz said...

EXCELLENT!!!!! So happy to hear you did so well!

Lily said...

Congratulations on your half-marathon time!!!

This training towards the Chicago Marathon has been quite something! So many highs and lows. (I wonder if this is usual for you.) Plus seeing the flexibility in the training schedule -- planned and unplanned -- by the person who wrote the book has been a blast. WHAT A RELIEF FOR BUSY MORTALS!!

I would really love to see this training converted into a article (several pages if possible) for Runner's World. There are so many lessons to be gleaned and we are still a couple of weeks away.

Laura said...

Don't you mean the first 10K in 56 min? 36 would have put you at under 90 min. overall. That said, I'm glad you had a pleasing race.

Kristy said...

Hi John,
I completed my first half marathon (Chicago) on Sept. 25. I was wearing my "Penguin" shirt- the orange shirt you sell on your site with the courage to start motto and 10 people came up to me either before, during or after the half to talk to me about my shirt. I got to share the was great...I referred them to your column in Runnersworld.
Hopefully there will be more penguins in the world. Congrats on the wonderful time.