Posted by: isshino | May 6, 2008

My first half marathon: The Results

Last Sunday was my first half marathon. It was an incredible experience, a huge challenge and I feel great after doing it. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had so far.

Like I did with my first 10k race, I’m going to make 2 posts about the race, one with the Race Report and this one with The Results.

First, lets go with the numbers of how I performed

Overall Position: 345
Position in male group: 284
Position in my age group (20-29): 31!!!
Distance: 21.1Km
Average Heart Rate: 88% (169 bpm)
Max. Heart Rate: 102% (196 bpm)
Hear Rate zone: 65% – 85% (127 bpm, 166 bpm)
Time in Zone: 00:58:05
Time Above Zone: 1:10:00
Time Below Zone: 00:00:20
Calories: 1714
10k split time: 1:04:37 -> 6:28 min/km
10k-21k split time: 1:03:48 -> 5:45 min/km
Time 2:08:25!!!

Considering that my previous distance PR was 18k, that I did those 18k in 2:37:45 and that I was expecting to be close to 3 hours for the half marathon, 2 hours 8 minutes blows away all my expectations!!! I am really happy with my time! I guess you can’t set a rational time for yourself until you’ve raced the distance before, because racing it’s always different than training… well, I still need to train a lot more :p

I am also happy with my HR this time, it was much more controlled than how it was on my first 10k two weeks ago. One of the things that was worrying me the most was going too fast too soon, burning myself before the end of the race. But I managed to control my pace really well!

Overall, It was an incredible experience and I would do it again anytime… well not now, because I can barely walk and every muscle in my legs hurt! But it’s good, because when it does, it reminds of how I managed to cross that finish line.


  1. Congrats to you! I can’t believe you just did a 10K for the first time, and then a half-marathon right afterward. That’s great news.

  2. Great job, Alien. You did great. I enjoyed reading your detailed race report…it sounds like you had a great time.

  3. Hey, I just wanted to stop by and say congrats. Your tale of the race was so compelling that It makes me want to try it! lol. Maybe next time. Anyway, I’m proud of you man. Talk to you soon. (no homo)

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