Half Marathon Breakthrough

This morning I ran a half marathon in under two hours, 1 hour, 55 minutes and 40 seconds.  Back in April of this year, I was disappointed that I missed this two hour threshold by 2 minutes and 36 seconds.  So, I was focused on this goal during the last several months.  

All of this long slow distance seems to be having an impact.  In the 16 weeks leading up to this race, I ran over 500 miles of training runs.  This is more miles than Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 and Novice 2 full marathon plans include and these are 18 week programs, not 16 week programs.  

There were a few times during this training where I was sneezing a lot, perhaps because all of this training depressed my immune system.  I didn’t feel much fatigue, as one would expect when one catches a cold. But it’s hard for me to conclude that I simply had allergies in early August and again in the week leading up to the race.  A few days before the race I was worried that whatever ailment that was making me sneeze and blow my nose so much would hamper my race performance.  Fortunately, whatever is bothering me, I accomplished my goal for the race.  It’s just that in the future I would like to avoid this problem.  Maybe it’s just a case of needing to get more sleep and eat more green leafy vegetables and/or more fruit.  

I wonder, though, about this race.  I don’t think the half marathon course was USA track and field certified.  And when I finished my Garmin said that I only ran 13.00 miles.  When I ran the two half marathons in the spring, my Garmin said that I ran 13.14 miles and 13.26 miles.  So, did I really finish a half marathon in less than two hours?  Well, even if I didn’t do 13.1 miles, I did come close.  And I finished with enough room under my self-imposed two hour time limit so that even if I did have to run another quarter mile or so, I would likely have finished under two hours.  Perhaps it’s an accomplishment with an asterisk next to it.  

In six weeks I will run a much more popular half marathon, the Monumental in downtown Indianapolis.  Instead of the few hundred runners this race had, there will be close to ten thousand runners attempting either a half or a full marathon.  It should be fun.

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2 thoughts on “Half Marathon Breakthrough

  1. Congratulations! PRs are always fun. I’ve been reading a little of Higdon’s marathon training and understand where your confusion comes from. I say stick with what is working until you finish racing for the season. Revisit Maffetone’s ideas for the offseason if you’re curious. It’s probably cooling off your way, but this is the hottest time here in CA. We had another string of 90 degree days this week and I’m over it.

  2. Running a marathon may seem daunting, but with the right training, 26.2 miles is perfectly doable. Even people who have never run a distance longer than 3 or 4 miles can successfully train for and run their first marathon. Even seasoned marathon runners benefit from structured training programs, especially if they have a goal to finish it in a certain amount of time.Do you want to run a marathon? Well, all it takes to do so is to select a good training program and to make the commitment to stick with the plan. The training is designed to help condition your body to withstand.,

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