Sunday, February 24, 2013

My First Half Marathon

Completed my first half marathon today, the GRU Augusta Half Marathon.  Started off by getting there about 1 hour early to make sure we got a parking spot.  Today was a beautiful day to run, temp at race start was 45 and by time I finished the race it was at 48.  Started off cloudy then the sun came out about halfway through the race.  It was a pretty well organized race, but then Augusta had done this race for quite a while.  I started of further in the back than I wanted to, wanted to start more in the front to middle.  

The race started on time, which is great.  I have done 5k and 10k races where they started anywhere from 10 - 20 minutes later than published.  The amazing thing I saw today was a young man that did the half marathon in a wheelchair.  Considering a couple of the hills on the route he did a great job of completing the race.   

The hills on the route where a little tough today and there were a couple of little hills I didn't know about between miles 9 and 11.  I ended up walking for about 30 secs a few times, my hamstring was bothering me.  I came in at 2:15:36 (even though Nike said 2:15:55).  I placed 635 out of 921 runners, which I am happy with for my first half marathon.  I enjoyed the run and got to see some of the guys I run with every week along the route.  

Here are my splits for the run:

1 8:32 -- 8'32"/mi

17:33 + 0:29 (-6%) 9'01"/mi

27:00:00 + 0:26 (-5%) 9'27"/mi

37:15:00 + 0:48 (-9%) 10'15"/mi

48:36:00 + 1:06 (-11%) 11'21"/mi

57:58:00 - 1:59 (17%) 9'22"/mi

1:08:17 + 0:57 (-11%) 10'19"/mi

1:19:05 + 0:29 (-5%) 10'48"/mi

1:29:05 - 0:48 (7%) 10'00"/mi

1:40:10 + 1:05 (-11%) 11'05"/mi

1:51:23 + 0:08 (-2%) 11'13"/mi

2:02:49 + 0:13 (-2%) 11'26"/mi
2:14:25 + 0:10 (-2%) 11'36"/m

As you can see the last few miles is where I slowed down quite a bit, this is where my hamstring started bothering me.

This race was a good benchmark for me to build on.  I know I can work on speed work drills to see if I can come in closer to 2 hrs and I know I need to hit the gym more often and do some leg workouts so my hamstrings don't bother me.  My next half marathon will not be until October or November so I have time to work on it.

I have come a long way in the past year and a half or so.  Went from not really running a lot to doing multiple 5k races in Kuwait.  After doing a few more 5k races here in the states last year I moved up to 10k races by completing a couple last year.  My goal was to do my first half last November but after rolling my ankle and being out of commission for a month or two kept me from doing it.  After slowly getting myself healed up and gradually tagging in the mileage I worked my up to this day.  Now I really know what the Runner's high is and I know I will not forget this day.

I can't wait to do my next half marathon, I think I have the bug now.


  1. Congrats on your first half! My goal is to get as close to a 2 hour half as possible, but where I am at now, it will take lots of hard work.

    You should come down to Savannah for the RnR in November! It was my first one last year, and I have the bug now!!!

    1. Thank you Jacy, I plan on doing the RnR down in Savannah this year. I planned on doing it last year but that's when I injured my ankle so I will be there this year.