Last year, as part of my general improvement of well-being and an old annoyance, I ran 10 km in less than 50 minutes. When I completed that part last year I decided to set up a new goal, this time it was to complete the Stockholm Half-marathon (21.1 km) in 2013. I also set up a time goal, to complete the race in less than 2 hours.
Yesterday, September 14th, was the day for the Stockholm Half-marathon 2013. I am happy to say that I completed the race and also completed the time goal of two hours, with a race time of 1:58:34. It was an interesting experience training for this – I learned a few things about running longer distances and about myself. The race itself was just the culmination of all that – the end of a (mostly) enjoyable journey. Of course, running together with 17000+ others and with lots of people cheering along the streets was not too bad either 🙂
Not sure what the next goal will be, but I am quite sure I will run another half-marathon at some point.
Today I ran a 10km race here in the Stockholm area, Kistaloppet. This worked out quite well and I managed to beat my old personal record, running the 10km in 48:51. This means that after 26 years I fixed something that annoyed me back in my first 10km race, where I missed beating the 50 minute limit by just a few seconds. Since then, I have not ran any races until this year. The past 1 – 1 1/2 year has been a slow but steady work to improve my general health and well-being.
This has been a great day so far. Yay me 🙂