After a series of multi-sport events that I have participated, I thought of signing up for a half-marathon event. I have been seriously training for quite some time now that includes a 21K long run where I clocked 2:12, so I thought with proper planning, I could beat my old 2:09 record back in December 2009.
I arrived almost 3 hours early in Ulsan, (50km where I live) where the race will be held. That’s okay, I thought, at least I would have enough time. It was cold, and I was shivering. I knew that the temperature would go up a bit so, I was not really that worried.
The race began at 9:30. I carefully paced myself to get at least 2:06. It is the first time too that I am using my Garmin-VivoActive so things are quite new to me. It was a bit annoying that the pace is showing me is in min/km but its lap count is at 1.6km. After seeing my pace on the 1st km at 5min, I just run at comfort. Surprisingly, my pace is not going down below 6. I thought I would probably be drained after 10k, so I might just as well push as far as I can go. There are times that I tried pushing below 5:20min/km but it was too much for me, to add humor to it, there was a woman probably in her 40’s overtook me, Wow! Where is this lady coming from? I tried pacing with her for a few minutes, but I guess she’s just way too strong for me. I backed off when I thought it’s not good anymore to exert so much, and I would be back at my own comfortable pace. Then another old man ran past me. Wow! Wow! What have I been doing all these years, I couldn’t even see any kind of difficulty in his face. Thanks for the pace… So much respect I have in you people.
Excitement came when I still felt good at 10K, 11K, 12K, 13K, Aha! I can still do it; although my pace declined in time after 15Km, I swore I still tried my best. I eventually finished at 1hr 53 min but it seemed short by 600m. For that, I decided to complete the 21k to justify that I did 21K in less than 2 hours. It was first time since I started doing a half marathon in 2009. The power of mind is truly remarkable; we can believe in lies by accepting negative thought about ourselves and be the product of our own beating or be more positive in creating things that you desire. I did both, but I know what I want this time; hence my improvement. For sure, we will break another 21k record soon. 🙂