Yesterday, I ran my first 1/2 marathon, the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon and 1/2. I really decided to do this because the gym was offering a half marathon training class, so why not?
My official time was 2:13:18. My personal goal was 2 hours, even though I knew that 2:10 was a more reasonable goal. Through 10 miles, I was actually on pace to finish in 2:06. That’s sort have been my problem, I run the first few miles way too fast (7:30 – 7:45 pace). I’m sure that sustained speed will be achievable with more training.
How did I get here? Quickly.
Starting April 1st of this year, I hadn’t run longer than a mile since 2004. That’s right, I hadn’t done anything other than short runs in 9 years. And even in my previous attempts at amateur athletics, my distance topped out at 10K.
I can’t be anything but happy about bringing my run stance from 1 mile to 13.1 miles in under three months. I have a few things to credit for this. First, 5 years of yoga practice, that’s left me in decent shape to start with. Then a year of crossfit. And, the leaning challenge (that I wrote about before), dropping 20 pounds during my training is really what made this possible. I feel so much lighter when I’m running. Working with a running coach is also really valuable. The speed training and distance program was great. 8 weeks ago, my all out miles was 7:45 (I was surprised it was that fast), at the end of the program, I logged 6:32. That’s a number I’m really happy with. Stringing together fast miles, just needs more time.
In summary, I went from not running to finishing a half marathon with a respectable time in under 3 months.