Thursday, March 22, 2018

New Bedford Half

Half marathon number 3 was Sunday.
A lot of training programs recommend a half marathon as you near your full marathon as a way to get a good race simulation - so I entered the New Bedford Half.
I had no goals but to have a good race and feel good and was excited to run a new race.
Winter was hanging on for dear life on race day. 
We had gorgeous blue skies (my first sunny and dry half!) but the temps were about 15 with the windchill and there was a biting wind. 
I saw some friends on the course and around the race activities. Always fun to see a friendly face! The crowds along the course were great too. Some great posters and lots of energy; always helps you out energy wise! 
In the end I had the race of my life! Shaved SEVEN minutes off my half time from October. I looked at my watch around mile 6 and saw that a PR was indeed possible but vowed to just keep running my pace (which didn't feel too fast or forced). At mile 9, along the gorgeous waterfront, the headwind became fierce. I kept plowing forward, even covered my watch to not get in my head. At 12.5 I checked and was still very on pace to make that PR and I let loose sprinting to the finish. 
A time of 2:03:33. Um. WOW! So worth it. I firmly believe that I will break the 2:00 half marathon one day!!

But, next up! The BAA 5k and THE BOSTON MARATHON!!!!!

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16 thoughts on the matter:

Jill Harrison said... {Reply}

I would never in my whole life be ever have been able to run a marathon - and certainly not now - so CONGRATULATIONS! A great achievement to shave time of your best. My husband liked to run and my eldest son does marathons. I salute you! Happy running!

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Shelbee on the Edge said... {Reply}

So amazing, Tamar! It's always such a great feeling to top your personal best! I am so excited for you.


Handmade in Israel said... {Reply}

Well done you!

Unknown said... {Reply}

A new challenger appeared and, now, we have a winner!

Congratulations on completing the Bedford Half-Marathon - you got a medal too - think of it like the Barkeley - you did it!

Gina Kleinworth said... {Reply}

WOW - that's really chilly to be out doing anything but running - tough! Great job!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

So exciting and empowering! Good for you!

Bekah said... {Reply}

You are AMAZING! Great job!! I am pretty sure I couldn't have shaved any time off a run that cold. This whole running thing makes you shine!

Dara @ Not In Jersey said... {Reply}

Well done, and so cold!

csuhpat1 said... {Reply}

Congrats to you. Great job. You will break it next time. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

Claire Justine said... {Reply}

Congratulations Tamar. You did great :)

Jeanna said... {Reply}

Congratulations and I know you'll keep going. That's a lot of time to shave off and goof for you running in that cold weather. You go girl!

Joanne said... {Reply}

That's fantastic! Congrats to you and good luck in the Boston Marathon.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said... {Reply}

So happy for you! Wonderful running in such cold weather.

rainfield61 said... {Reply}

Well done. Half marathon in less than 2 hours.

rainfield61 said... {Reply}

Struggling to achieve sub5 in my full marathon.