Follow me on my final long run before the Southern Illinois Spring Classic Half Marathon on 3/28/15.
Conventional wisdom states that in order to prepare for a half marathon your long run is 10 miles, I am not conventional. To prepare for a half marathon I do a full 13.1 mile training run . This strategy is not for the first time half marathoner, before trying this your body needs to be conditioned to being able to do a 10 mile run at least once or twice a month.
It had rained Friday and clear into Saturday morning so I had to put off running until Saturday afternoon. During the first mile my body felt stiff and took a little longer to loosen up than normal. During miles 2 and 3 I was having to hold my body back to a 9 minute per mile pace.
Miles 4 - 8 I settled into a pace of about 9:25 per mile. Miles 9 - 13 I was having to push myself to stay below 10:00 minute miles. I finished 13.29 miles in 2:07:28 with a pace of 9:42 minutes per mile.
Look! I passed a car!
Good thing it was parked.