Goal Accomplished!


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!



52 thoughts on “Goal Accomplished!

  1. Congratulations!!

    I’ve run that course twice and it’s been around 13.3-4 both times (which is why I won’t run it anymore). ORF swears it’s USATF certified so I can only assume there’s some kind of satellite issue with that area, but it’s kind of demoralizing nevertheless.

    Good luck with 1:54:xx!!

    • Thank you!!

      Yes, it is so disheartening when my Nike app updates me every mile and I pass the actually mile marker .3 miles later! Unfortunately, every race I have run has been a little off so I guess I just have to accept it. The alternative would be to not track the run, but would it even count then?? 🙂

      Thank you, I’m sure I can do it-time for some actual speed work!

  2. Awesome Jamie! I’m so happy for you and am sending you huge congrats. Running sub 2 hours is such a lovely accomplishment. By the way, I found that it’s quite normal that my GPS watch measures most races as slightly longer than the standard distance. I think it’s because we rarely take the most efficient line. 😉 But on all counts you have run a fantastic race! 😀

    • Thank you, I’m so happy to have finally broken the 2 hour mark! I think you are absolutely right, I know I weave around a lot-especially at the beginning of a crowded race! I’ve been told to run the tangents to the curves, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. But I had a great race and a lot of fun so that’s what matters, right? 🙂

      • I honestly think the last thing you said is the key – I keep banging on about it, but to me the holy grail of running is that I have fun. Everything else is secondary. If I enjoy myself, it’s a really worthwhile experience, no matter how fast or slow I ran. Besides, as long as we are having fun, we’ll want to keep doing it – right? 😀

      • Completely agree. We all get competitive, especially with ourselves…but I don’t have to run. If it becomes a miserable chore then there is no sense doing it! In my opinion 🙂

  3. Way to go, Jamie!! I have no doubt you’ll be able to achieve your new goal before the end of this year. Congratulations on a great race!!

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