… it’s about bragging. Well, kind of. You see, over a year ago – in April 2012 to be precise, I said here that I had now accepted that I would never run a half marathon under two hours. Sure, it is always nice to see our times go down but I do enjoy running in itself and I did not want the pressure of performing to ruin that pleasure. Well, that was until earlier this year when I did the Paris half marathon with my girlfriend. I had been training quite hard and I was hoping to do a decent time. My girlfriend is in pretty good shape. She does all kind of sports but she had been running very little so I was not sure what to expect. On that day she finished 24 minutes ahead of me. That was a wake up call! Not because I am competitive and cannot accept being slower than her. I was, I am and I will always be. But I realized that if I wanted to keep up with her – not only running, but also hiking and any other sports – I had to step my game up. And I did. To be totally fair, I still haven’t done a half marathon under two hours. But I came damn close this time: 2h00m31s. It was a long road to get there!
Belgrade half marathon: 2h26m
Ottawa Army Run: 2h33m
Ottawa Race weekend: 2h25m
Stockholm half marathon: 2h22m
Kungsholmen half marathon: 2h19m
Paris half marathon: 2h18m
Kungsholmen half marathon: 2h06m
Stockholm half marathon: 2h00m
I have a bunch of friends running a half marathon next weekend, including the Army Run. Most of them are much faster than I am. But that doesn’t matter. What really matters is why are running. And most people I know run to enjoy this after the run (or similar kind of beverages!).
Have a good run all.