My third half-marathon…some REAL progression

My third half-marathon was the Grand Island half marathon and was part of the “Buffalo News Series” races so it’s a bit more competitive.  I knew I had to be around 1:40:00 if I even wanted a chance to place.  I did a lot more running than I did for my first 2 half marathons but still followed no kind of training plan and still had a lot to learn.  Around mile 4 I was STARVING; clearly I did not carb load properly.  I did incorporate the use of GU energy gel, which I did us in my practice runs after making the mistake of experimenting with energy gels on race day during my previous half marathon; this approach turned out much better this time around!

I finished the race in 1:42:20, once again finishing 4th in my age division.  I was much happier with this performance than with my first half marathon experiences because I actually put some real effort into this one, which led to some real progression. I wasn’t nearly as sore as I was after my first 2 half marathons and felt very accomplished after this one.  

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I was now fully hooked and wanted to run another one so I decided I would head to TX again in the fall for another shot and hopefully another PR.  Stay tuned…

Head on over to my next half marathon blog!

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