August 29, 2009
As part of our marathon / half marathon training program, AREC puts on a practice (though we count it as an official race) half marathon and 10K about 6 weeks prior to the actual marathon and half marathon race.
I decided to give it a try, even though it had been over SIX years since I had run a half marathon. I know. I can’t believe it, either. I know most people do more than 6 half marathons IN a year… but ever since I started doing ultramarathons, a half marathon seems like a couple of wasted hours (especially with the expensive price of them nowadays).
I wasn’t sure what to expect, so went out at a moderate pace. It was a bit overcast and I didn’t do so well in the muggy conditions. I overheated fairly rapidly… and ended up using my ultramarathon skills in walking up all of the hills and just coasting.
In the end, I had a certain expectation of a time for myself, and came in, just under 2 hours. I will say that I am neither elated nor upset with the time, because it’s a decent time and not bad considering that I hadn’t paced myself out for one in such a long time.