Nowhere as good as a marathon, but a first for me.
The Newport Federal Savings Bank Half-marathon, a bleak and blustery day on
the shore. The first three miles were mostly downwind and downhill, the
next four upwind and uphill. The turnaround was at 7.5, at which the wind
shifted (and I'd swear the terrain tilted also) so another four miles
upwind and mostly downhill. The final was crosswind and a mix, with a
killer steep hill at Purgatory road.
I tried going out really slow. I was being passed left and right. But at
the first mile split still doing 9:15 mile. Water was about every two or
three miles, so not a problem. Thinkgs didn't start to bother me until
mile ten, so overall walked about 0.2 miles, and finished at 2:15, slightly
slower than 10 minute mile.
There *were* a few people still behind me, but not many. I think this is a
good endurance plateau, now I'd like to work on speed.
Andy La Varre
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