Yesterday I competed in the 2015 Wellington Round the Bays half marathon! My official time was 1:24:26 and I was 27th to cross the finish line! This was also my first official half marathon. It was also a long time coming – I intended to do this race five years ago but never got around to doing it!
The plan was to maintain 4 min/km pace (15 kph) until the half way mark. Depending on how I was feeling, I either step it up or hold onto this pace. I ended up doing both! At 10.55km, my average pace was exactly 4:00 min/km. The next five kilometres my pace dropped slightly. This was most likely due to the sea breeze headwind out towards Kau Bay. Determined to maintain the target pace, I mustered the energy required to finish strong and finished the race in 1:24:26, hitting the target average 4 min/km pace!
No major complaints with my run. I stuck to my target pace and felt great throughout the race. Oddly the only muscle that was tender post race was my right tricep! I consumed one energy gel at 12 km and had three mouthfuls of water along the way. Half a cup of rolled oats before the race was adequate. I’m currently 85 kg – 3-4 kilograms too heavy!
I was not the only one from my family competing in the event. My mother also entered and finished the event, her sixth half marathon. Well done mum!
I enjoyed yesterday’s half marathon distance run. It is a long run yet not too long. Unlike full marathons, I did not ‘hit the wall’ and it never felt like a long slog to the finish. I’ll have to sign up for more half marathons in the future!