The Ogden Half

Today I ran a half marathon. My goal was two hours or less.

The first half marathon I ran in 2:26. My goal then was to run without stopping. My second half marathon was 2:09. I’d only trained a couple of months, and was very pleased with my time. But it was so close to 2 hours, I had to set that as my next goal.

I’ve trained pretty hard for this race. Not as hard as I could have, but a good faith effort. I felt hopeful about my chances.

I ran what I thought was a goood pace the first half of the race. I was starting to feel tired, but thought if I’d made good time in the first half, I could slow down and still meet my goal. Checking my watch, I realized that I was running much slower than anticipated. If I wanted to finish this in two hours, I’d have to run faster in the second half than I had in the first. Faster. When I was already tired.

So I picked up the pace. I started feeling dizzy. I’d reach out for the water and powerade and my hands were shaking. My legs felt weak and I wondered if I would stumble. Still, I ran on, hoping to make up for lost time.

I finished the race. I didn’t know what my time was because I’d started my watch late. I couldn’t find where they posted the results, so I came home. A few minutes ago, I saw my time.


I missed my goal by 75 seconds. :)

The first five miles I ran a very slow 10:22. That’s just not pretty. I was saving up my energy, but had no idea I was going that slow. The second half of the race I ran a 9:11. I shaved a full 70 second off of every mile. If I’d been able to run 10 minute miles the first five miles, I would have met my goal. If I had not held anything back, I am sure I would have done it.

Am I disappointed? Yes. Am I discouraged? No.

I’m a writer. Writers deal with frustration, discouragement, and rejection all the time. You either learn to look past it, or you quit. I missed my goal by 75 seconds. I was close, but not close enough.

The Top of Utah Half Marathon is in August. That gives me three months.

On Monday I get back to work.

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9 Responses to The Ogden Half

  1. Jaime Theler says:

    75 seconds is so close it almost doesn’t count. :) But now you know that you can do hard things. 2:01:15 is great! Make sure you take enough carbs (Gu, powergel, shot blocks, etc.) to help keep your energy up. You can do it! Top of Utah in under 2 hours – I’m writing it down. In pen. :)

  2. Mike Johnson says:

    Too bad we didn’t run into you. I ran the full though so I took a bit longer. Nice work on your race! Sorry you missed your goal, but that just gives you the opportunity to try again!

  3. Russ says:

    Great effort on the 2nd half – that is a SERIOUS negative split! Next time run with someone who has a GPS watch. You know every second your current pace, and overall pace. It really helps hitting time goals. Great job & you’ll probably do a 1:55 at TOU.

  4. Krista says:

    Oh, soooo close. Great post about getting out there again. You’ll hit it next time.

  5. Chris says:

    Well done my friend. I’m totally proud of you. One thing I’ve learned from cycling regularly is that my body can do a lot more than my mind thinks it can.

  6. Jos says:

    Very cool, Marion. It was such a beautiful day for a run too. I’m running the Hobbler half in July and need to get to work if I’m going to beat your time at that race!

  7. elenajube says:

    Awesome job, Marion! You signed up, showed up, and ran, and beat your record by eight seconds, which sounds pretty good to me. I’m still thinking about the signing-up part….

  8. Tyrean says:

    Wow! Awesome job!!!

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