At last! A sub 1:20 half marathon! Yesterday I competed in the 2017 Wellington Round the Bays half marathon. I’d been close to achieving this before, but my previous attempts at Wellington were well off the mark.
Determined to conquer this sub 1:20 milestone, I started out with a pace faster than required. I reached the 5km mark just under 18 minutes (3:36 min/km). The next 5km split was slower at 19 minutes (3:48min/km), but still fast enough to give me a healthy margin. I held onto a similar pace for the rest of the race.
The weather was even conducive for a personal best. Oddly for Wellington, there was no wind! However, the temperature was warm and the air was humid. Never the less, it was almost ideal conditions for running!
I was between 76kg – 77kg on the day, had two sips of water and a sip of sports drink, and took no energy gels.