On March 17, 2013, I ran my first half marathon. It was a very exciting day, having trained for ten weeks with the Fleet Feet store in Redding, California. Building up miles, and meeting some great local runners. On race day there was excitement in the air as 7500 runners met at Raley Field in Sacramento, CA. The race started in 4 waves, 15 minutes apart, I was in the 3rd wave and started at 08:15 AM. I started near the front of the group, I was feeling really good and started at a fair pace while my muscles warmed up. My first mile pace was 10:53, still feeling really good and pumped. I picked my pace up to a 10:30-10:45 though mile 7. Slowing a bit in mile 8 to a 10:59 may have been due to a elevation increase on the course. Mile 9 10:49, mile 10 10:57, mile 11 11:07, mile 12 11:27, picked up a bit for mile 13 10:51
My official time was 02:24:15.90, pace was 11:01, finished 3588 out of 7500.
I couldn’t have been happier, it was a very beautiful day. I was pumped up with excitement, I’m sure that helped a lot. All the training must have paid off, my muscles, worked and felt great. I really felt it the last mile, not hurting, just not able to pick up the pace. The last 100 feet or so I was able to sprint to the finish line.
All in all, it was a truly Awesome experience. There were Rock Bands every mile along the course, which added to the fun and excitement. Looking forward to doing it again next year. Maybe training for a full marathon in the years to come.
Thanks to all the volunteers, police officers and onlookers whom made this event so special.
Also thank’s to my wife for all her support of all my running efforts, and to Truckin’ Runners group on Facebook for their encouragement.
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