Saturday, May 5, 2012
Today I ran in my third Wisconsin Half-Marathon in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The weather was perfect – 50 degrees and drizzly with a slight wind. A big relief after running the hills of Kentucky last week where it was over 80 degrees and humid.
I finished first in my age group with a time of 1:50:54, but most of the really good older runners compete in the Marathon, instead of the Half-Marathon. Last year my time was 1:48:00.
I’ve been training for the Ironman in C’oeur d’Alene, Idaho next month, so this race was a nice break from the longer distance workouts we’ve had recently. I haven’t trained for this distance (13.1 miles), but I was still hopeful I would beat last year’s time. But I didn’t.
I ran a good race. Kept a steady pace and finished strong, just not fast enough. And for the first time I actually ran the second half of the race faster than the first. At the finish I felt like I could have run farther, I just couldn’t seem to run faster. I’m losing my higher gears.
Next race is the CDA Ironman. Fifty one days to go.