Saturday, May 07, 2011

A New PR in the Half Marathon

Well I’ve completed round one of my marathon training, that of running a sufficiently fast time in a road race to qualify to ensure a good seeding at the start of the marathon race in October. Today, I ran the Indianapolis Mini Marathon (Half marathon or 13.1 miles) in a personal best time of 1:39:15, an average pace of 7:35 min/mile. I’m really pleased with the fact that as I get older I seem to be decreasing my PR for these long distance races, a feat that I know all too well will not last forever.

I had trained well for this race and despite having to stop running in early April with a minor injury for three weeks coupled with having a mild cold today (shivers and a cold throat for the last two days), I was extremely pleased with how it went. I shaved a full 1:30mins off the time I did in 2008.

Photos below of myself with Brad, Steve and Neil, my running partners, a before and after photo.

1 comment:

Davey and Sammy said...

Well done Gov, that was a great time. Back running myself but wouldn't be near that time, my PB for a half marathon is 1:45 - not official, just running around the Phoenix Park at the weekends.

Will enter a few HMs this year to seem how I get on. My running mates all run 2-3 marathons a year and they say it's a whole different ball game completing a full marathaon - you need some willpower to break the pain barrier at around 20 miles - you're a stubborn auld mule so you'll be alright :)

All the best for now.


Well done again.