Run past fast

Wahoo, I did it. I ran my first half marathon. In 1:51. I didn’t really have any idea how long it would take me, I was more concerned about just finishing the race and hoping my legs would hold out. Dad helped me make a good plan though, sticking to 5 minute kilometers, and aiming for 1:45. So I just kept a slow and steady pace. I slipped back 3 or 4 minutes, but I wasn’t too bothered, as long as I was able to finish, and ideally come in under 2 hours.

At around 18k I was starting to feel really good, fairly certain that my legs would hold out. I sped up a bit, and started passing people. By 19k I was still feeling good, so I sped up a bit more. At 20k, with just 1k to go I thought I may as well go as fast as I could. It felt fantastic to be at the end of a race, at least 8k further than I’ve ever run, and to have the energy to go as fast as I could.

Seems like Dad was right. Taking it slow and steady, sticking to your plan, ignoring the hype of the crowd around you, running your race and no one elses…

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One Response to “Run past fast”

  1. Pete Says:

    Congratulations on a race well run! My own favoured strategy, which involves going hard out and saving nothing for the return journey, would have sadly failed me after the first few hundred metres. I can understand the effort involved in pacing yourself. There’s always the urge to “give it all you’ve got” while you’ve got it. Usually if I have energy now, I use it now. Oddly enough, I used to run heaps a few years back and ended up doing my knee in, which proves it nicely. Enough said! Good on you for wisdom and endurance. 🙂

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