Goal Accomplished!

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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!

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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:

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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!

-J

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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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