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November 10, 2012

Today's Richmond Half-Marathon — 2:16:54.


What a fantastic day for a race: 41° at the 7:30 a.m. start: crisp and clear.

I decided just for the heck of it to try a different approach to half-marathoning, as opposed to my years-long practice of going out too fast with the intention of finishing in 2:11 (10 minutes/mile), blowing up at 5 or 8 or 10 miles, then staggering miserably to the finish.

Today I looked for the guy holding the pole with the giant sign atop it saying "2:15 pace."

Yeah, that sounded good: 10:18/mile, comfortable.

I ran side by side with the pace guy for 7.5 miles, stopped for a sec during mile 8 for a cup of water, and then when I got back into the mix I couldn't find him.

Where'd he go?!

I yelled out at the top of my lungs, "Where's the 2:15 pace guy?"

A 50-ish lady turned to me and said, "He had to stop to use the Port-A-John."


Are you kidding me? 

Never mind, I could do the rest on my own.

And I did.

True, I fell off the pace a bit, finished 114 seconds slower than the perfect 10:18/mile pace we'd been chugging along at till he had to go poop.


But I digress.

The think is that the even, relatively slow pace for the first seven+ miles was wonderfully easy and let me feel like a beast when I reached mile 12.

I put the pedal to the medal and gradually accelerated, passing scores of people and clocking 8:56 for the final mile.

8:56 — yeah!

And I felt great.

More like this, please.

Next half-marathon: Three Bridges right here in my Podunk town on Sunday, December 2.

Can't hardly wait the requisite 22 days — bring it on!

Pictured up top is a slice of Christian's bacon, sausage, and mushroom pizza, which never tasted as good as it did when I slowly inhaled it a couple hours ago.

In fact, now that I think about it, it was SO good that I'm gonna go heat up the remaining piece.

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Congrats! And I hope you enjoyed your stay in my old home town.

Posted by: Becs | Nov 10, 2012 8:13:13 PM

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