Half-Marathon, Races, Running

It really does get easier {My Second Half-Marathon}

June 25, 2013

Last Sunday I ran my second half-marathon Smile

Although it definitely wasn’t a breeze, it was a good run, a really good run, mainly because it was a new PR for me. To be honest, I didn’t have the best feeling leading up to the run. I had trained, but nowhere near to the amount I did for my first race and the weather the week leading up to the run was a scorcher. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that we weren’t too far from 40°C. So you can imagine that running in those conditions might not have been ideal.

Luckily though we were pleasantly surprised by significantly cooler temperatures over the weekend which made the run so much more pleasant.

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I had actually tried to get some of my friends to sign up for the half-marathon since constantly running  alone can get a bit boring. I tried signing my dad up for the first half-marathon but he didn’t have enough time to train and I was pretty close to finding someone who would run with me this time. Unfortunately motivational quotes and numerous emails had no effect and in the end I had to run all by myself, yet again. I definitely still have to work on my persuasion skills.

When Sunday morning rolled around it was me and 19 000 other runners, who coincidentally chose to wear the exact same shirt as me…

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The run started at 8am and although I was still pretty tired I felt ready to give full power. My only goal was to beat the time from April, which was 2:11.36 but really didn’t have any high hopes that I’d actually be able to. My lack of proper training made me feel slightly unprepared.

Oddly enough, the first 5km were the worst. My left shin stung every time I stepped on my foot and even though I went to the bathroom 25 minutes before the run had started  I was ready for a potty break after 20 minutes so after the first water break {at 4.5km} I quickly went to the bathroom. After that  I could finally concentrate on running. The next thing that I wasn’t too fond of was the fact that the next water station was only at km 11. I was practically parched and chucked down 2 cups of water, 1 cup of apple juice and 1 cup of isotonic drink.

My half-marathon playlist, which once again was a lot of Glee hits with a bit of JT mixed in for some fun made time fly by. Although my legs were noticeably more heavy and tired during the last 3km I tried my best to keep up my pace and sprinted to the finish line. I finished in 2:08:15 {3 minutes faster than in April}, which I’m quite proud of.

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I think my next big goal is to finish in under 2 hours.

The best part about the run was certainly the fact that my friend was waiting for me at the finish line. I knew that she’d be standing somewhere around the last km or so and since none of my friends actually managed to run  it was nice to have someone come out to support me. The very best part: the fact that she had a special post-run treat for me. You really know that you’ve found a true friend when you are brought chocolate cake directly to the finish line.

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I spent the rest of the day at a Mexican Fiesta organized by my friends where I was spoiled rotten with ridiculously good food. That and the fact that my friends are actually all kind of cool made up for the fact that they chose to be lazy and not run . There’s always the next race….

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  • Reply Kathryn June 25, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Congratulations Antonia!

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