The half-marathon was this morning. How do I feel? Mixed. On the one hand, it was my first race and I ran it well, my pace was better than my longer practice runs and my splits were even. On the other hand, I wanted to beat 90 minutes, but achieved 93. You might think that three minutes out of ninety is not much… but look at the results. If I had cut three minutes, I would have passed 30 runners. I can't help but think that I just didn't push as hard as I could have, but that is probably not true. I have tried running hard in my training, and it doesn't improve my pace for long distance. It just tires me out.
So, to put two and two together, I really want to place better than I did, and cutting a few minutes from my time would really improve my placement. And the only way to do that is more training. Yeah, I've been bitten by the running bug… I want to make a habit of this.
My first post mentioned how warm it was in February… but today, on race day, at the end of May, the temperature is only 1 degree Celsius.