My First Half Marathon Experience
Hi guys! My name is Don Jordan and I’m a mobile developer here at iFit. When it comes to running, I’ve never been considered a “runner.” I’ve only started running in the last couple of years. Sure, I did good ol’ track and field for a year in 7th grade (800 meters), but nothing else except the occasional 5K for charity (most of which I walked the whole way).
After running a few 5Ks and a couple 10Ks last year, something hit me. I actually found running to be enjoyable, particularly the longer 10K distance. So when I made my usual New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of this year, I decided that I’d run a half marathon before the year was over. I was determined.
For many years I’ve helped with a local half marathon, the Hobble Creek Half, by providing emergency communications and safety. It made sense to make this event my first half marathon because I knew the course pretty well already. In some years past, it’s sold out fairly quickly, so I made sure to be online as soon as registration opened in April.
After registration, I began training. Knowing that I could complete a 10K, although slowly given that my PR was 1 hour 12 minutes at the time, I used that pace to help me train for the half marathon. Over the following weeks, I slowly increased the time I ran each weekend to two hours. I also combined this with strength training and variation runs that I found online during the week.
When the destined day came, I tried to go to bed early and get plenty of sleep, but failed horribly. I absolutely cannot sleep the night before big events in my life, whether I’m nervous or not! I got up just before my alarm went off, threw my running clothes on, and made it in plenty of time to get seated on one of the buses taking runners up the canyon to the start line.
I had a goal time between 2 and 2 ½ hours. So I positioned myself at the 2:20 pace flag and started there. I started out too quickly for sure, and knew I might because the first eight miles of Hobble Creek are downhill, which I enjoyed immensely. Still, I didn’t do too badly and I had energy coming out of the canyon.
After about mile nine though, I felt some nasty pain in the side of my left knee. It got worse as I went on. I started doing some walking/running repetitions to try and not overdo the knee while still having a decent pace. And it actually helped me in the end. I came in at 2 hours 19 minutes, which was awesome since it was almost exactly in the middle of my goal time! I was really proud of myself.
I’m looking forward to my second half marathon this fall and hope to finish in about the same time as my first. I’ve continued the same regimen while doing some strength training exercises focused on my knees to try and avoid that pain I had during Hobble Creek. But we’ll see how it all goes come October! Wish me luck!
iFit Senior Mobile Developer
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