I started running in 2008. But 2011 was the first year that I ever even considered running a Half Marathon and I did 5 that year! Yes, I got hooked.
A strained achilles delayed my training for #3 (so I walked half)
4th – Fall Foliage HM (No photographer) – 2:32:50
My first one was my most enjoyable and my 5th one, the least. In fact, the 5th one left me wanting a do over! Unfortunately, after the 5th, I broke my ankle, then had a stress fracture so Half Marathon #6 came 16 months later in 2013 and I was just glad to finish.
Half Marathon #7 was supposed to be the one where I would be seriously training and hopefully get a PR. Then last summer I broke my foot. With a late start to my training and my weekly miles not what I would like, again this half marathon is just “I’ll be happy to finish.”
Maybe that’s what they all should be. I don’t have any more half marathons planned. I now know that I much prefer training in the fall/winter but that would mean a destination half marathon again (any warm climate invites??) or a late spring one in the NE (any recommendations?)
My main goal for this half is to ENJOY it. And though I would be happy with D, I would be ecstatic with A.
GOAL A: under 2:30
GOAL B: under 2:45
GOAL C: under 3:00
GOAL D: finish uninjured