No one ever expects the Poulsbo Half Marathon!

I ran the inaugural Poulsbo Half Marathon on Sunday. I found out about it on Tuesday, and ran it Sunday. Normally, I wouldn’t attempt to run a half marathon on five days notice, but, as it so happens, I am training for the Seattle Half Marathon, and was supposed to run 10 miles on Sunday anyway.  So I figured tacking on 3.1 miles wouldn’t be that big of a deal. I looked at the course, decided it was too hilly for a good time where I was in the training, and vowed to take it easy.

That vow didn’t last very long once I got running with the group. And once I hit mile 9, I calculated that I could make a PR with a reasonable pace in the last 4.1 miles. Problem is the last two miles are straight up a hill. But, forgetting my vows, I dug in anyway, and ended up breaking my old PR mark, set in August, by about 4 minutes, coming in at 2:15:12. This was my sixth half marathon and the first I have run weighing less than 300 pounds.

Here is the GPS data and map from the race:

I was plenty sore yesterday (but still managed to mow the lawn) and am still feeling it today, but, hey, new PR. The question is can I beat it on November 28? Frankly, I’d assume so. The course is a little friendlier. The Poulsbo course certainly had the feel of a first-try course. It seemed awfully slow in places, with problems like a slippery boardwalk, crisscrossing with runners on a hairpin, spots where the course was one runner wide, and some sections that were more trail running than road running. The Seattle Marathon course, on the other hand, throws a few hills at you, but there is always plenty of room and flat concrete under your feet.

Cross-posted at The Band Blog.

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3 Responses to “No one ever expects the Poulsbo Half Marathon!”

  1. RDOwens on 18 Oct 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    Congratulations! That is wonderful news.

    I see you are using the Forerunner 305. Do you like it? Would you recommend that or a different model? I love the graphs you create with Garmin Connect. Do you wear the heart monitor while running? Will it graph that for you as well?

    I am interested in getting one of these and would love some thoughts on them.

    Once again, congratulations on your time and more important, completing the race.

  2. Bull Moose on 18 Oct 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    I looovve my Forerunner 305. However, if I was buying a new one today, I’d go with the newer model 310 – unless I could find a good deal on the 305. It seems like about 1 in 4 runners at these races have either a 205 or 305 and I’ve yet to hear a complaint other than complaints that any GPS device would get.

    I don’t wear the heart rate monitor as much as I used to just because of the nature of the workouts I am doing (aiming for pace and distance rather than heart rate). It is just one more thing to put on. But either the software that comes with the Forerunner or the web based Garmin Connect will graph heart rate data.

  3. Heather Treptow on 18 Oct 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    Congratulations Matt! What a great accomplishment for you. I am so proud of you and glad you are enjoying it. I still can’t believe you have run 6 half marathons. I hope to someday come and run Seattle with you – maybe next year. You should come back to WI in April and run Crazy Legs with us.

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