My first half-marathon

My first half-marathon

Post by Satish » Tue, 15 Oct 2002 11:38:59


Race : Primo's Run for Education.
Place: Danville, CA
Date : 10/13/2002 7:30AM PST
Finish Time: 2hrs 30seconds!

It was my first half-marathon since I started running last year to get
healthier and to control my weight. It was nice course with virtually no
hills (except one or two in the beginning). Great weather too. Every mile
there was a mile marker, plenty of water stations too.

Started really slow - around 10mins for first couple miles. But picked up
the pace later on and was able to keep that pace - around 9 to
9:15mins/mile until the end of the race.

I had very modest expectation of finishing the race anywhere between 2hrs
15mins to 2hrs 30mins. So when I realized that it just took me 2Hrs to
reach the finish line, I was a one happy man. I did much better than my
expectations!

Well, that's it for me for this year. No other races planned this year.
Maybe I will do one more half-marathon next year before I start dreaming
about a full-marathon!

Thanks for reading,

- Satish

 
 
 

My first half-marathon

Post by Cam in Ottaw » Tue, 15 Oct 2002 11:53:09



Quote:
> Race : Primo's Run for Education.
> Place: Danville, CA
> Date : 10/13/2002 7:30AM PST
> Finish Time: 2hrs 30seconds!

> It was my first half-marathon since I started running last year to get
> healthier and to control my weight. It was nice course with virtually no
> hills (except one or two in the beginning). Great weather too. Every mile
> there was a mile marker, plenty of water stations too.

> Started really slow - around 10mins for first couple miles. But picked up
> the pace later on and was able to keep that pace - around 9 to
> 9:15mins/mile until the end of the race.

> I had very modest expectation of finishing the race anywhere between 2hrs
> 15mins to 2hrs 30mins. So when I realized that it just took me 2Hrs to
> reach the finish line, I was a one happy man. I did much better than my
> expectations!

> Well, that's it for me for this year. No other races planned this year.
> Maybe I will do one more half-marathon next year before I start dreaming
> about a full-marathon!

> Thanks for reading,

> - Satish

way to go, Satish! really nice race time.... it's always hard to predict
with much accuracy how a first race (esp. a longer one like the half)
will go. so many factors involved. but to exceed your expectations is
always a bonus... i did the same thing my first half.

congratulations on achieving your goal, and best of luck in future
training and races,

Cam

 
 
 

My first half-marathon

Post by Chris Smit » Tue, 15 Oct 2002 12:07:00

Satish, well done, especially the excellent achievement for a first-time
runner at that distance to execute a perfect strategy--a nice slow start to
get into rhythm, then establishing a pace fast enough to get you there under
your goal time but a pace reasonable enough that you could stick to the pace
throughout. I'm impressed. Enjoy your recovery.
chris
Quote:

> Race : Primo's Run for Education.
> Place: Danville, CA
> Date : 10/13/2002 7:30AM PST
> Finish Time: 2hrs 30seconds!

> It was my first half-marathon since I started running last year to get
> healthier and to control my weight. It was nice course with virtually no
> hills (except one or two in the beginning). Great weather too. Every mile
> there was a mile marker, plenty of water stations too.

> Started really slow - around 10mins for first couple miles. But picked up
> the pace later on and was able to keep that pace - around 9 to
> 9:15mins/mile until the end of the race.

> I had very modest expectation of finishing the race anywhere between 2hrs
> 15mins to 2hrs 30mins. So when I realized that it just took me 2Hrs to
> reach the finish line, I was a one happy man. I did much better than my
> expectations!

> Well, that's it for me for this year. No other races planned this year.
> Maybe I will do one more half-marathon next year before I start dreaming
> about a full-marathon!

> Thanks for reading,

> - Satish


 
 
 

My first half-marathon

Post by Satish » Tue, 15 Oct 2002 12:35:24

Quote:
> congratulations on achieving your goal, and best of luck in future
> training and races,

> Cam

Thanks for the kind words, Cam. Good luck to you too in your upcoming
races.

- Satish

 
 
 

My first half-marathon

Post by Satish » Tue, 15 Oct 2002 12:37:58

Quote:

> Satish, well done, especially the excellent achievement for a first-time
> runner at that distance to execute a perfect strategy--a nice slow start
> to get into rhythm, then establishing a pace fast enough to get you
> there under your goal time but a pace reasonable enough that you could
> stick to the pace throughout. I'm impressed. Enjoy your recovery. chris

Chris,

Yes, I think I was fortunate enough to manage my pace really well over
such a long distance. That definitely made a big difference.

Thanks,

- Satish

 
 
 

My first half-marathon

Post by Povl H. Pederse » Tue, 15 Oct 2002 14:24:03

Quote:

> Race : Primo's Run for Education.
> Place: Danville, CA
> Date : 10/13/2002 7:30AM PST
> Finish Time: 2hrs 30seconds!

Well done.

Quote:
> I had very modest expectation of finishing the race anywhere between 2hrs
> 15mins to 2hrs 30mins. So when I realized that it just took me 2Hrs to
> reach the finish line, I was a one happy man. I did much better than my
> expectations!

How did you reach those estimates ? 15 minutes is more than aminute/mile
faster than expected. Did yiu run anything shorter and use a race time
prediction calculator ? Or was it just based on training runs ?
 
 
 

My first half-marathon

Post by Kay Sexto » Tue, 15 Oct 2002 16:03:33


Quote:
> Race : Primo's Run for Education.
> Place: Danville, CA
> Date : 10/13/2002 7:30AM PST
> Finish Time: 2hrs 30seconds!

Satish, that's wonderful.  I had a feeling with the way your times have been
sliding that you were going to do well.  It sounds, reading between the
lines, as if you had quite a lot left in reserve ... how tiring was it to
run your first half?  I know that in shorter races the adrenalin gets you
round, but I doubt that works for a half.

Congratulations on a good run.

Kay

 
 
 

My first half-marathon

Post by Cam in Ottaw » Tue, 15 Oct 2002 22:04:27



Quote:
> > congratulations on achieving your goal, and best of luck in future
> > training and races,

> > Cam

> Thanks for the kind words, Cam. Good luck to you too in your upcoming
> races.

> - Satish

probably only one race left to do this year, then i'll wait until next
March (St. Patrick's Day) to run another. i think that for the first
time, i'll truly want and need the time away from racing this winter.
after a certain number of consecutive months/years of hard training, a
person really needs to ease off.

Cam

 
 
 

My first half-marathon

Post by nin » Tue, 15 Oct 2002 22:21:31

Quote:

> I had very modest expectation of finishing the race anywhere between 2hrs
> 15mins to 2hrs 30mins. So when I realized that it just took me 2Hrs to
> reach the finish line, I was a one happy man. I did much better than my
> expectations!

Man, Satish, what a great race. It sounds like you did really well in
pacing yourself wisely. In such a distance, it's really no fun to go
out too fast & then be stuck in the middle with no gas left...
congrats on smashing your expectations to bits & pieces indeed. 8)
Aaand, it's a nice distance, isn't it?

nina

 
 
 

My first half-marathon

Post by Mike Tenne » Wed, 16 Oct 2002 09:02:46



Quote:
>Race : Primo's Run for Education.
>Place: Danville, CA
>Date : 10/13/2002 7:30AM PST
>Finish Time: 2hrs 30seconds!

Way to go!

That's a pretty good effort for a relatively new runner.

Mike Tennent
"IronPenguin"

 
 
 

My first half-marathon

Post by Satish » Wed, 16 Oct 2002 13:38:32

Quote:
> How did you reach those estimates ? 15 minutes is more than aminute/mile
> faster than expected. Did yiu run anything shorter and use a race time
> prediction calculator ? Or was it just based on training runs ?

I did not use any race time predication calculator. My estimate was based
on soley the training runs that I did - usually it took me betwen 2hrs 20
minutes to 2hrs 30mins for 13miles. Maybe I was too conservative on my
training runs and never pushed myself to run faster. But looks like in the
actual race, I was able to run little faster.

- Satish

 
 
 

My first half-marathon

Post by Satish » Wed, 16 Oct 2002 13:50:56

Quote:

> Satish, that's wonderful.  I had a feeling with the way your times have
> been sliding that you were going to do well.  It sounds, reading between
> the lines, as if you had quite a lot left in reserve ... how tiring was
> it to run your first half?  I know that in shorter races the adrenalin
> gets you round, but I doubt that works for a half.

> Congratulations on a good run.

> Kay

Kay -

Yeah, even after mile 6, I wasn't that tired. Probably the gel
that I took at mile 3 did the magic. :-) Although around mile 11, I was
looking forward to the finish line! Not too tired though. Since I did
almost 2 or 3 training runs about 12+ miles before the race, my body was
adapted to this distance I guess.

Thanks for the wishes,

- Satish

 
 
 

My first half-marathon

Post by Satish » Wed, 16 Oct 2002 13:57:09

Quote:
> Man, Satish, what a great race. It sounds like you did really well in
> pacing yourself wisely. In such a distance, it's really no fun to go out
> too fast & then be stuck in the middle with no gas left... congrats on
> smashing your expectations to bits & pieces indeed. 8) Aaand, it's a
> nice distance, isn't it?

> nina

Thanks! Yup, 13.1 mile is pretty decent distance...not too short and not
too long either.I think I will stick with this distance for some time. :-)

- Satish

 
 
 

My first half-marathon

Post by Satish » Wed, 16 Oct 2002 13:57:48

Quote:
> Way to go!

> That's a pretty good effort for a relatively new runner.

> Mike Tennent
> "IronPenguin"

Thanks, Mike.

- Satish

 
 
 

My first half-marathon

Post by Brian Jone » Wed, 16 Oct 2002 23:25:20

Satish:

Very nice.  I just ran my first half M last month (with a similar time).
Isn't it something to know you can do that?

Brian Jones


Quote:
> Race : Primo's Run for Education.
> Place: Danville, CA
> Date : 10/13/2002 7:30AM PST
> Finish Time: 2hrs 30seconds!

> It was my first half-marathon since I started running last year to get
> healthier and to control my weight. It was nice course with virtually no
> hills (except one or two in the beginning). Great weather too. Every mile
> there was a mile marker, plenty of water stations too.

> Started really slow - around 10mins for first couple miles. But picked up
> the pace later on and was able to keep that pace - around 9 to
> 9:15mins/mile until the end of the race.

> I had very modest expectation of finishing the race anywhere between 2hrs
> 15mins to 2hrs 30mins. So when I realized that it just took me 2Hrs to
> reach the finish line, I was a one happy man. I did much better than my
> expectations!

> Well, that's it for me for this year. No other races planned this year.
> Maybe I will do one more half-marathon next year before I start dreaming
> about a full-marathon!

> Thanks for reading,

> - Satish