FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia, May 19 2013
Ambitious goal: 1:45:00
Fallback Goal: 2:00:00
Not much to say about this race. At last year’s event I had run a trail half marathon the day before and suffered from cramps after the halfway point, posting my worst half marathon finish by far.
The course is difficult and I’ve basically not trained at all the entire year, so I knew I was unlikely to PR. I figured anything under two hours I was good with. I was more interested in seeing how The Boss performed in only her second road half.
As usual, I started pretty strong but faded late. My first two 5k splits were identical: 24:36. This turned out to be too ambitious for the hilly course, and I was reduced to walking a few short stretches of the second half. The weather was decently cool, but there was a light rain falling throughout most of the race.
I ended up finishing in 1:52:41. My third fastest road half, but also my third slowest.
The Boss was not ready for the challenging course either, but she did break her PR by about a minute per mile, finishing in 2:25:55.
Miles this race – 13.1
Miles raced in 2013 – 145.1