My First Half Marathon

Today I ran my first half marathon, at the PF Chang's Rock and Roll Marathon here in Phoenix.  It was fun through about mile 9, and mostly sucked after that.  I am pretty excited that I got through it, though right now I am ready for Kurzweil's singularity because this body definitely needs to be replaced.  My sister runs full marathon's and I laughed when she told me she bandages her nipples and Vaselines her thighs for the race.  Now I wish I had done it too - beyond the joints and muscles those are the two spots that are chafed pretty raw right now.

My time?  Well it was 2:27:20 for 13.1 miles, which is pretty lame since it translates into a blazing 11 minutes per mile, but it does qualify as my personal best!  Update:  They have the stats up on the Internet, so I now know that I finished 10,345th place out of 18,536 finishers, so I seem to have finished just outside of the medals (lol).  By the way, my two sisters both ran the full marathon in Houston on the same day, so combined with my marathon-lite the coyote sibs ran 65.5 miles on Sunday.

  • http://ponderingdilettante.blogspot.com/ James R. Ament

    Keep up the good work; improved times will definately come with disciplined training. I'm a has-been marathoner from way back in the 80's; injuries caused me to become a "jogger" (and mountain biker) But... Now that I'm retired and have the time, I'm seriously thinking of beginning real training again, taking better care of my body in the process. Ran a sub 40 minute 10k in Phoenix once. Oh, those were the days! (lol)

  • http://inedibleink.com Captoe

    Congratulations.

  • http://thepragmaticchef.com Scott P

    Well done, Warren! That's certainly shouldn't be considered lame.

  • Peter

    Well done! I ran my first half marathon last year and I can just say it was a pain in the a*. Well, maybe it would have been gone smoother if I only would have been training it properly?!
    Granted, the farthest I'd done before were some 8 km (which translate to mere 4 miles). ;-) But I came through and I was f* proud.

    Greets from Germany,

    Peter