On Sunday, 8 March, the City-Pier-City drew approximately 11000 runners to run the 13.1 M in the half marathon race. The race ran through the lovely town of The Hague, going over to the history-filled town with the unpronounceable name of Scheveningen - running along the North Sea - and returned past the miniature version of the Netherlands in Madurodam.
The run in itself was good and my time was what I hoped and expected. Having prepared doing a 12-week half marathon schedule left me a bit anxious, as I had not run the full 13.1 M anywhere this year. Still the distance was not a problem.
The run went well. My calves did not bother me at all - this had been a weak spot during training - and only the blisters on the soles of my feet caused some minor inconvenience. This will be remedied by removing the calluses under my feet before long runs.
|5 kilometers:||29:35 (29:35)|
|10 kilometers:||57:13 (27:38)|
|15 kilometers:||1:24:46 (27:33)|
|20 kilometers:||1:52:09 (27:23)|
As to pace, there is a consistent negative trend to my splits and that is a positive thing. My official time turned out to be 1:58:00.
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The next race I will be preparing for, is the Amsterdam half in October. I will not be starting the half marathon schedule afresh. Instead, I will alternate some speedwork during the week and long runs in the weekends. My goal is to slowly increase the number of K's I do per week to somewhere 50 or 60 - hoping that I can manage this.