The rise of the half marathon is fueled by the increase in women runners. Now over 60% of Half Marathoners are women and the trend shows every sign of continuing to grow. Personally I think we should call Half Marathons '13 Point One' especially when so many of say, "Oh...I'm only doing the Half Marathon". What? It's running 13.1 miles! In the infographic below there's an easy-to-follow 10 week training plan to ensure you're ready for your Half Marathon...er, 13 Point One:
That question happens around the half way mark when the reality of a likely finish time sinks in...if only I can hold this pace! Although I may have done it once in a training run, running the second half faster than the first is unlikely and unrealistic. Oh well, better just enjoy the run.
Here are some other thoughts a runner has during a half marathon:
Don't go out too fast. Did I go out too fast? I told myself to start slowly and ease into race pace. Why did I go out too fast?
Did I hydrate properly before the race? Did I balance the electrolyte with enough water?
I hope the gels don't make my stomach turn. Wish I hadn't changed my usual brand at the last minute? Hope I brought enough gels.
Do all these runners in front of me need to be chatting so much? And they're smiling! Wish I could smile. I'm smiling, right?
If I stay in front of the 2 hour pace bunny I'll finish under 2 hours! The 2 hour pace bunny must be running too fast. Why is the 2 hour pace bunny pulling ahead.
I overdressed. I overdressed. I overdressed!
I see the finish. Pick up the pace. Smile. Breathe. Forget breathing...smile for the finish line camera!
First thought on crossing the finish line: "I'm never doing that again!"
Thought about 10 minutes later: "That wasn't so bad...when's the next race?"