Sub-1:32 Half Marathon -> FINALLY!

Happy Monday!!  As I mentioned last week, I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon yesterday. A full recap (and race review) will be coming later this week (hopefully tomorrow), but wanted to share the good GREAT news. I PR’d and finally got the sub-1:32 that I missed in the spring. The race wasn’t perfect – I started too fast and was kind of done by mile 12, but I was able to squeak out a 1:31:57 thanks to perfect running weather and a {relatively} flat, fast course.

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All ready to race!

Did you race this weekend? Anyone PR?

If you had to pick – would you prefer perfect running weather or a flat, fast course? This is a tough one – I think I would prefer perfect running weather. I despise the cold and really don’t deal well (mentally) with the wind.

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    1. Congratulations on a great PR – now you have a new time to beat!
      I think I would rather have a tough course in perfect weather, than an easy course in tough weather. You can train for hills, but you can’t do much about the weather!
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    2. Congrats, bouncing back so well after Ironman! That is a great PR and you definitely earned it!

      I would definitely choose perfect weather over perfectly flat course. You can train for hills, you can train for all those course turns, but training for weather can be so unpredictable. Not to mention…even if its flat…and snowing or storming..you’re going to struggle. With nice weather, mentally that can help you tackle the hills or challenges of a course!
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    3. Huge congrats to you! I knew you could do it! A bunch of my teammates ran it as well and everybody said that it was so much fun and that the weather was great!

      I ran 20 miles yesterday for the first time in my life. I did 2 miles warm up and then ran the NYRR 18 mile- marathon tune up in Central Park. Best run of my life: great negative splits and I even got a 10K PR during the last loop of the race. Surely this weather helped a lot…
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    4. I was at the Philly RnR too and managed to PR despite getting injured three weeks prior. I was nowhere near my goal time, but considering my injured foot, I was thrilled with the flat course and gorgeous weather. I was excited I even finished!

      Congratulations to you for your amazing PR!
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    5. Congrats on your PR..:) I prefer perfect runnig weather over a flat course.. I ran the 18 mile marathon tune up run in central park and had a great run. didn’t go for any pr since it wa a training run for me. but had a good time and good pace , happy with it. it was great running weather this weekend !

        • For Local races , I don’t need any guides since I memorized the course or landmarks pretty well and since there are alot of people I tend to follow the person in front of me. but Yes I am running NYC marathon, and Philly and Oh SteamTown too next Month. I know I’m crazy, lol Using Steamtown as a long training run for NYCM and Philly I have the option to only do the half since they do allow you to do that.. I always tend to sign up for at least 2 marathons in the fall incase one of them I don’t do well. bad habit I have to break for next year :) thats why I need a coach, lol

    6. Congrats!!! This is awesome! So much hard work – you deserve the credit, not the weather and flat course =). You are an inspiration!

    7. WoooHoooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for your PR!!!! That is so awesome, congrats!!!!!!!!!!
      I would pick perfect weather by far and away! Most of the routes I run have hills so I am kinda used to them; and while I don’t love them…they rae not that big of deal to me. Wind, rain, snow, ice are all game changers for me for sure!
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    8. PR’d my 5K time —> Official time was 22:46 :) Andddd placed 1st in my age group in the DUATHLON. yayyy for a successful weekend of racing for the both of us!!! Congrats :)

      • Jen – I have changed my mindset on racing since the IM – much more relaxed about it. The worst thing is that I don’t PR – which means nothing in the broad scheme of things. I’m finding that i’m enjoying training so much more since there is much less pressure =) You are SO SO SO close – hope you are still feeling great – happy that you are running without contractions =)
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    9. Congrats on a PR! Can’t wait to read the full recap! I ran a 15-mile trail race on Saturday and got a HUGE PR! The conditions were perfect – 50 degrees at the start and a little breeze to cool us off on the big hills. I think I’d definitely take perfect race conditions over a flat course. You can make up time on descents in a hilly course, but it’s tough to overcome miserable conditions.
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