Paris half-marathon 2011

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This was my first half-marathon ever, and while I did train a lot and regularly, I never actually took the time to try this distance before. The max I ever did in my training sessions was 15km. I did thus start the race with some level of apprehension, quite unsure of what the best way to handle the event was. I started in the 1:50:00 objective group and set my runkeeper to a 5:12 min/km objective pace.

The first 10 km where a dream, I was literally flying by all the other runners and caught up a bad 1st km (5:50) du to the slow packed start to end at an average of 5:09, ahead of my target pace. Km 10 to 15 were slightly harder though, both physically and mentally I started having some doubts and I also probably should have eaten a banana or sth at km 5 and 10. At km 15 legs felt heavy and I struggled to keep my target pace, hopefully on km 18 a glass of energy drink got me the boost I needed to finish up the race and even to sprint the last 500m, and finish up at 1:52 with a pace of 5:14, slightly behind my target pace but still quit allright.

I loved that experience, running on a new circuit with 30 000 ppl is definitely and exciting experience.