Friday, October 16, 2009

1/2 Marathon Completed

Well, it is finished and it didn't go too badly. It was my second 1/2 and it was my best time. Getting a PB was unexpected as my training was a little up and down. I ran 2/3 of the race with my sister and she was the reason I was able to get a PB. She is great at knowing her pace and sticking to it, which is pretty much something I am terrible at. She ended up a minute back but also her personal best.

The course was reasonably hilly (Valley Harvest Marathon - Wolfville, NS), but not too bad as I run most of my runs on hilly trails. I was pretty sore after the run and will have my first run tonight. There is a cold rain coming down but I'm running outside anyway. I think I will try a marathon in May.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

1/2 Marathon in 4 days

It has been a busy month! Soccer is finished -- it ended with a loss in the finals of the Masters Provincial Final. It was a long weekend of soccer with 4 - 90 minute soccer games in 30 hours or so. I played all but about 15 minutes, so I was sore on Monday and decided not to run on it or Tuesday.

Which lead to a vacation and a trip to NYC. We spent a few days walking around the city plus seeing the U2 concert, but no runs. It was 10 days between runs and I felt it on the first one back not to mention I caught a cold. I've been able to get 5 runs in since getting back into the swing of things. One 11 miler, which was okay and 4 of my staple distance of 6.5 miles.

I am fairly certain I will be off my desired pace on Sunday's race. I'd hope to challenge sub 1:40:00 (my PB is 1:40:15); but I think I will be closer to 1:45:00. As well, I've only run very little on pavement and the entire run is on streets so it could create a problem. Oh well, time will tell!