At the end of last year I made a list of running goals I want to accomplish in 2014. The #1 item on that list: run a half marathon in under 2 hours. I’m so happy to report that yesterday I ran the Oakland Running Festival half marathon with an official finish time of 1 hour and 58 minutes! I achieved my goal!
This was my 7th half marathon to date, and I’ve always stagnated around the sub 2:10 mark. I’ve never really ran a race with a specific goal pace in mind, but this time I did. I told myself from the start that I wanted to finish in under 2 hours. I kept myself on pace and I pushed when I needed. And it worked!
After I crossed the finish line, my Nike + app alerted me that I broke a new half marathon record, with a finish time of 1:55:
The app also said I ran a total of 13.4 miles, so I knew my official time would be slightly different; however, this got me thinking about my new half marathon goal for the year. I’ve decided I want to achieve an official finish time of 1:55 by the end of the year! I will be working on a full report of my experience at the ORF this week but until then, happy running!