So I ran my 4th Half Marathon two weekends ago, and the experience made me think of writing a summary of my half marathon experiences so far.
So here goes… in pictures, words, and numbers (at the bottom of the post is a table with my times and speeds for each):
Half Marathon #1: April 29, 2017
Half Marathon #2: April 28, 2018
Half Marathon #3: March 17, 2019
Half Marathon #4: November 3, 2019
Here are my times for each race:
|Half Marathon Date||Time||Average Speed||Overall Experience|
|April 29, 2017||2:16:33*||10:25* min/mile||NEWBIE HAPPY FEET: The “shock” of running with a big crowd… I ran too fast and then burnt out, basically walking the last mile. That sucked.|
|April 28, 2018||2:14:20||10:10 min/mile||REDEMPTION: Relieved that I ran the whole time, though I ran more conservatively than I would have liked. |
|March 17, 2019||1:57:49||8:55 min/mile||TRIUMPH: Felt triumphant and ecstatic at “blazing” through the race, 30 lbs lighter than a year ago and running it in under 2 hours.|
|November 3, 2019||1:53:35||8:36 min/mile||HUMBLED AMONG THE ELITE: Felt self-conscious in a smaller pack of elite runners despite running better than ever.|
*I am estimating the exact time and speed for Half Marathon #1. It actually wasn’t that bad, considering I walked the last mile from burn out!