The Long and Winding Road (Celebration Half Marathon)


This is NOT a humblebrag. I’m shaking my head as much as you are at the fact that I was able to smash my half marathon PR last week — without doing much training, having a plan going into the course or even really trying.


It happened just six weeks after I PR’d the same distance, following months of intense training, speedwork, a specific pace plan and an all-out sprint at the OUC Half Marathon. I ran so hard that I thought I’d never make that mark again. And since I’d hit my goal, I decided to give myself the gift of a more relaxed training schedule going into my next race.

But there I was. A mile out from the finish line at the Celebration Half Marathon and I knew that a PR was in sight again.


It was the perfect end to a perfect run. I loved the course — even the twisting, winding boardwalks that covered about two miles of the race — and the view. The spectators were amazing and perhaps most importantly: there were plenty of porta-potties and water stations.

Speaking of spectators, I was thrilled that my mom was able to come watch me — she traveled from Maine to spend a long weekend with us and she, Lucas and the baby all got up at the crack of dawn to ride down with me. They’re pretty awesome.


So are Paula, Victoria, Michelle and Melissa, by the way.


I finished 8th in my age group, with a time of 1:50:56.3. (Of course, now you know I’m thinking about how to break 1:50. It’s an addiction, I tell you.)

My fifth half marathon was my best and my favorite and I would love to do the race again next year.


I’ve had a few questions from people wondering what I’ve been doing to train and to get faster, and I’m going to work on a new series sharing some of those tips, as well as how I fit it all into my schedule. Is there anything you want to know?

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    • says

      I still have a pretty packed calendar…a 10K in March, a 10K + 2-mile run also in March, perhaps the hat trick (5k, 10k, 1/2 mary) at Runner’s World in June, a half marathon in Maine in August and probably a couple of triathlons in there as well. No rest for the weary!

  1. says

    Congrats! There’s no better feeling than a great race where you feel good and have an awesome time! I’m really hoping to break 2:00 for a half this year (2:02 PR) and would love any tips you have on getting faster!


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