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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