I didn't feel very well during the workout but managed to finish the run at a pace I would be happy to do on the Race Day! On the week of the race, I was thinking I won't manage to do a PB (Personal Best) considering my performance the days before but I was hoping to go under 2 hours. At least, better than last year for the same race.
All these feelings changed on the race day. I was really excited @ the Starting Line with Nicole and Javi, and became really ambitious. I started the race very fast, at a pace under 5'/km leaving Javi behind after 3km and Nicole a little bit later: I had to continue alone the rest of the race. After an hour I realized that I have done 12km and, if I continue this way, I would have a new PB. But the problems came after km14 when my pace was around 5'30''/km and didn't feel strong enough to continue as fast as at the beginning. Nonetheless, I knew that if I would keep this way, I would still do a good job. The pain and headache didn't go away but I was an "experience" runner who has logged more than 2000km and won't give up: At km18 I found some more energy (I don't know where it came from) and my pace came back to around and under 5'/km arriving at the Finishing Line better than I ever expected!
the Official results as follow:
Race Number: 4039
Runner Name: Jose M. Sánchez
Class: Miehet yleinen (Place on my class: 1136)
Official Time: 1h49'21''
Chip Time: 1h48'58''
Out of 14 000 runners!
This was my third half marathon, and we can compare the results with the previous one:
Helsinki City Run (HCR): May, 2009: 2h 03' 13'
Stockholm Half Marathon (SHM): September, 2009: 1h 53' 02'
Helsinki City Run (HCR): May, 2010: 1h49'21'When I did my first Half Marathon I thought I won't be a very fast runner and my times would be around 2 hours. For some reason, I thought it was not possible to improve your time much more. After these results, I feel I can reach whichever place I want to take my body to. As I read in your blogs: No soy un hombe, soy una puta máquina.
And in 2 days, to Madrid. ¿Sigue adelante la quedada?
This picture was taken from my home. The race pictures by Tero Tikkanen. The first picture by me.