On the Eve of Half Marathon #5


Tomorrow morning I am running in my fifth half marathon at the Cowtown in Fort Worth, TX. 

Anyone who's read this blog for any length of time should know how ridiculous it still is to me that I have even run one half marathon, not to mention five. (Read recaps of all my races here.)

I'm trying not to put too much pressure on this race, but I also want to be honest and tell you that I am going for a specific time.

 I really want to run a half marathon in under 2 hours

Ever since I finished my first half marathon in 2:08, I have been trying to get to that 2-hour mark, but I have been specifically training for it for over a year now. I went for it in the Oklahoma City half marathon last April and missed the mark because I went out too fast. Everything was great until mile 9, where I faded fast. Then, in October last year, I finished the Texas Motor Speedway race in 2:03. A personal best that had me in tears (in a good way); but what I really wanted was to see a 1 as the first number. 

Now, I legitimately believe I have a shot at my goal. I had a fantastic 12-mile marathon training run in week 4 where I was dead-on my 1:59 half marathon goal pace, and now the only thing left to do is tack on another 1.1 miles! 

I am technically training for a marathon right now, so this half isn't the end goal of my training. But I've heard more than a few stories from marathoners who ran their best half marathon during marathon training. I'm hoping I can be included in that group as well.

So wish me luck! Hopefully I'll be writing a recap post about how well the race went. But even if I don't, I'm going to be cheesy and say that in many ways I've already won. Running a half marathon was a huge goal of mine, and I've been successful in ways I never imagined.

So with that said, here's to number 5! 
Jen@Almost Gypsy Soul said...

I'm a new follower coming over from began as WILW and then blog hopping after that. Good luck in your half tomorrow! I ran the Disney half back in 2007, only 5K and 10K since then. Under 2 hours is an awesome goal and I bet you got it this time! Good luck!

Jen @ www.almostgypsysoul.blogspot.com

Claire@MyDevising said...

You'll be great!

Alyson said...

GOOD LUCK!! Can't wait to read your re-cap!!!

Unknown said...

GOOD LUCK!! AHH, can't wait to hear how it goes!!!

Courtney B said...

You are so SO amazing!! I'm hoping to run a half marathon this year... it will be my first!
How did your race go?!

Mimsie said...

Tell us the good news!