I'm almost ready to run a half marathon that I have been training for since April. I did 19kms last weekend. Turns out I was a little ahead of my training schedule because we were still on 17km but since I wasn't running with my group the past few weekends, I just went. I had my sister and sister-in-law on their bicycles as my trainers on these last two runs and they were great motivation. Mostly because they just talked away and I didn't have to partake in the conversation much and it was good to have them there for company. I probably wouldn't have gone if they weren't coming with me.
I keep telling myself that I have a goal to run a 2hr half marathon one day but I'm not ready to hit that this time. If I can bring my time down to a 2:10 half marathon, that's still going to be a personal best. My very first ever running event was a half marathon, which I would not recommend to anyone. Start with a nice 5k event somewhere. Anyway, my time for that run was 2:24 and change. My second half marathon wasn't until almost 10 years later and my time was 2:14 and change. I ran my 19k training last weekend in about 2:04 and that's including a talk break with a friend and her dog in the village, a pee break in the trees, and a bunch of walk breaks. I say that it was about 2 hours and 4 minutes because we left my mother's place at 6:45 pm and when I stopped running it was 8:49 pm.
I was using my iPhone stopwatch as my timer and it even does laps but when we stopped to talk with a friend and her dog, I eventually remembered that my time was still running and I stopped the watch. When we took off again, I started the stopwatch again but must have touched the reset button and it erased all of the previous time. It was at about 42 minutes, I think. When I finally made it to my imaginary finish line, the watch was at 1:21:40.6 but the actual time was 8:49 pm.
This weekend I'll run with my running group and use my Garmin for distance and time accuracy. For whatever reason, I couldn't get the MapMyRun app on my iPhone to work properly and do all of the things that the Garmin does. I think it's going to work tomorrow but that means I have to carry it again. I will just because I want to know that it works and then I don't have to re-do the whole thing on the computer when I get back.
Well, it's time to stop drinking tea and start hydrating for the morning. I should also think about a pasta dinner for some energy. I need to charge my phone, my watch, and myself, and then go meet my friends at 7 in the morning.
Until next time, have a great day.