After 3 months of training and missing most of my long runs every Sunday, the day finally came! It’s my First Half Marathon! 🙂
I started out good, I maintained my pace on an average speed of 9.5km/hr. The first 5km I can see the rabbits outrunning me and holding for their dear lives to maintain a fast pace! I didn’t let them get into my head and just motivated myself to maintained my pace and for sure i’ll see them after the 10km mark.
The first 10km was a breeze.
No injury. CHECK
Hydrated and took banana. CHECK
Breathing form. CHECK
In this race, we had to cross back and forth 2 flyovers. And when I say flyovers, its a nasty flyovers. I crossed the 1st one on the 5km and I was strong but had to walk a little when I got back on the same flyover on the 11km mark.
Then I ran again until hitting the 15-16km mark when the 2nd flyover came! Accckkk!! I hate flyovers 😦 It ruined my time! After walking a little at the flyovers I ran again until the finish line. I felt strong and checked if I had injuries. YAY!!!
When I looked at the time. I finished my first 21km on an Unofficial Time of 2:31.
I know it wasn’t the best time I was aiming for knowing fully that I have to be under 2:30 so I can meet the cut off time of the Milo Marathon 21km on July 28.
If I hadn’t been slacking on my training and cramming, I could have reached a better time. Okay, no whining. I’m grateful for the Lord for giving me the strength that I need! 🙂 And grateful that I finished it strong, free from injuries! 🙂
So now I have two weeks more to train my speed and endurance to meet the 2:30 mark on the Milo Marathon. The upside of this race is that the route will be more of a flat one unlike the uphill route last sunday. The Milo Marathon will have two flyovers but it’s more manageable, or so I think LOL
So what did I do after a Half Marathon?
It felt sooooo good 🙂 And the best part of this race is it has the most goodies!!! LOOK!
Check out my singlet and medal! 🙂
I have dreamed this day would come and it did! Even though I didn’t reached my desired time the fact that I finished the race gave me goosebumps! 🙂
So what’s next for me after crossing this out from my bucket list? The Milo Marathon (21km) and the Robinsons Buddy Run (10km). 🙂
It has been a great journey for me, training and reading running blogs! Thank you guys for the inspiration 🙂
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