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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On 7 November I ran my first ever half-marathon, a year after first 'getting off the couch'. I crossed the finish line in 1:43:39, apparently in 24th place of the 230 who started. But the important thing was just the being there, the sheer joy of running, the finishing, the knowing that I had set a goal and achieved it.

I had a wonderful time running along the scenic tracks and roads around Marysville although the hill climb to the waterfall - about km 13 to 17 - was nasty. The sprint downhill to the finish hammered my quadriceps as well so I was very sore the next day or two. Still, I now feel like a real athlete :-) And now that I'm 29kilograms (about 64 pounds) lighter than when I started exercising, I'm thrilled with the way I feel (and look) in general.
Having done this I'd now like to turn my sights to a full marathon. Possibly around March or April next year would suit me. There are no events where I live so I'll need to travel. I have been thinking about the Strasimeno in Italy although I haven't made my mind up yet. Please make a suggestion if you know of any fun marathon events. (There were plenty of times in my life when I could not have imagined 'marathon' and 'fun' appearing in the same sentence, so I've come a fair way!)

Hope you're all doing well too!
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    Alan, There is a fun marathon in Honolulu, Hawaii, but it's in December. For 2011 it's on Dec 11th. For 2012 it's on Dec 9th.

    Wow, you're doing just great.
    3188 days ago
    This is so amazing Alan, you should be very proud. The picutres are great. You make me want to start to run . . . (walking is what I've done so far!).

    Way to go!!! Jan
    3503 days ago
    Wow you actually did it.
    Congrats you just rock.
    Hugs Syl
    3505 days ago
    emoticon You look like an athlete as well! Way to go finishing your first half! I hope you find a marathon location and date that works well for you. Congrats on your weight loss as well!
    3507 days ago
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