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How I Achieved My Half Marathon Time Goal

Share Your Story: Your Half Marathon Story

By RustysGal

Updated February 25, 2010

How I Achieved My Half Marathon Time Goal

Running with the pirates

Half Marathon Name and Date

Outer Banks Half Marathon Nov. 8th 2009

Number of half marathons completed

3

Would you run another half marathon?

yes, definitely!

How I Trained for My Half Marathon

I trained by myself, running around my neighborhood with occasional group runs on the weekends. I used the Hal Higdon intermediate plan since I had used the Novice plan for my first HM the previous spring.

How I Ran My Half Marathon

When I started training, my goal was 11 minutes per mile, but as I worked my way though the training program I picked up a lot of speed and ended up shooting for a 2 hour finish! I ran with the 2 hour pace group and we had a fantastic leader for it. The race organizers used a wave start so it wasn't so congested at the beginning, which allowed us to hold a steady pace from beginning to end. The last couple of miles were a struggle to hold onto my pace, but we all did it and finished with smiles. :-) It was so awesome to meet that lofty goal!

Lessons Learned

  • The first half was a piece of cake so it was hard to hold back and not run ahead. I was really glad I stayed with the pacer though because there is a big bridge and I would never have made it over the bridge running if I had wasted energy at the start.

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