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Rachel in New Jersey is doing 39 things including…

Run a half-marathon

3 cheers


Rachel has written 17 entries about this goal


Okay, before I can even think about training for one of these again, I need to get my 4-mile run down pat (not even close) and my bike ride up to 30 minutes (kinda close).


Poop. The half-marathon I ran last year is already full. It’s okay, I guess, since I’d be a few weeks short on training. Well, better look for another one.

EDIT There’s only a 25k at the end of April, and not another half-marathon until June 1. =/ At that point, maybe I should just train for the marathon.


Was going to register for the Hell’s Gate half in October. I put it off to decide if I could devote the time to training or not. Good thing I did, because it turns out I have a performance that day! Hoping to find another this fall…


Got my official results. I placed 521st out of 552 (700 people registered… that’s a lot who didn’t show up!). My official time was, unfortunately, 2:45:52, putting me at a 12:40 pace.
My unofficial time at the halfway point was 1:21, meaning my split was 12:28/12:55. Blargh. That’s like, way way way slower than I ever run. Goal was to finish in 2:30 (11:27 miles, roughly my standard pace). I thought “the race effect” was supposed to make you run faster?

Oh well. I wasn’t even in the bottom 5%! And if you count the nearly 150 people who never showed up, I actually wasn’t even in the bottom quarter!
Now to find another one ;) I think I like this distance.

The good thing about first races is they're always a PR ;)

So I finished!
I was well above my goal time, but I still hit my main goal of running the whole thing (except for walking through aid stations).

My hip started nagging me during my long run last week. It felt better throughout the week, and I’d hoped it wouldn’t be too much of an issue today. Around mile 6, it was like “hey I see we’ve been running for over an hour, what’s up with that? Why are we still doing this?” and I was like “shut up hip” and stretched. But around mile 9 it really started to hurt, which I think slowed me down a fair bit.

But, I finished! The weather was good, people were nice, my friends came and picked me up and brought me french fries. All in all a success!


The forecast for next weekend is 50° and no rain. Let’s hope it sticks! Today & the next few days are horribly slushy rain, which is not weather I want to run 13.1 miles in (not to mention it’s slippery as hell right now).


I have my first blister of training =/ Poor little foot!


4 weeks to go! Ran 8 miles today, and it felt pretty good.


6 miles down, 7 more to go!
I have somehow managed to cut my time way down at the same time as increasing mileage. How did that happen? Don’t know, but I’m not complaining.

Am considering continuing on to train for a full marathon immediately after finishing the half, running one right around the end of spring/beginning of summer. I have to see if there are any (relatively) nearby at the right time, and also see how my classes are going at that point.


Just realized my race is in 12 weeks. I need to drag my butt to the gym. Actually, I need to drag my butt outside in the terrible weather, because otherwise I won’t be able to handle the hills on the course in March =/ And I need to decide on some cross-training and figure out how the heck I’m going to fit that into my schedule when I don’t even make half of my runs.

Also just an amusing bit of perspetive: my goal, other than just to finish, is to finish under 2:30. I have a friend who is trying to qualify for the Olympic marathon who needs to get under 2:15… for a full marathon… less time than it’ll take me to run my half. Ah well! I don’t really feel the need to keep up with Olympians :P

Rachel has gotten 3 cheers on this goal.


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