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13.1 Miles! I CAN DO IT!

Written By: der5er - Sep• 22•08


McDonald's Half Marathon

McDonald's Half Marathon

I’m incredibly stoked.  Sunday morning I completed the equivalent of a half-marathon, 13.1 miles.  And it only took me 2 hours and 3 minutes.  My average pace was 9 minutes, 24 seconds per mile.  I wasn’t going for a fast pace or anything.  Yesterday was mainly just a proof of concept.  To be able to make that statement in the title up there, “I CAN DO IT!”  And now I can.  


The bonus of running it at 9:24/mile is that when I signed up for the Half-Marathon last night, I was able to put in a realistic guess of my finish time.  Unlike signing up for the 8k last year and guessing what my 5 mile time would be, since I hadn’t run anything longer than 3 miles.  I put in something like 1 hour 10 minutes last year and actually finished in 54 minutes.  I could have started with a faster group of runners and possibly finished faster by having the motivation to run faster all around me!  Of course, now I know I can complete the 8k in 45 minutes (that’s a 9 minute mile average, WOW!), because I did that a few weeks ago.  

Yes, I signed up for the Half-Marathon last night.  The race is Saturday, November 15.  All runs from here on out are to prepare me for that day.

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