This training log covers preparation for the San Diego Half Marathon on 10 March 2013. This was my second half marathon. After the disappointment of not achieving my goals for my first half marathon – Americas Finest City Half Marathon (Aug 19, 2012), I updated my training plan to include more hills and I planned to run more long runs before tapering off.
28 Jan 2013 – 10 March 2013
Preparing for: San Diego Half Marathon 10 March 2013. Goal time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
Challenge/Risk to achieving goal: One big hill in the middle of the course
Love running at the beach after work in the winter, I get to see some great sunsets! Here are a few that I’ve caught with my phone/camera during these training runs.
Pacific Beach Pier in the middle of a warm winter sunset run.
Another view of the Pacific Beach Pier at sunset.
The sunset on Mission Beach during a winter run after work.
I was running a little faster this night to try to catch up with this kite surfer before the sunset was over. He was headed the same way, so I had to pick up the pace. Just before this picture he pulled up to the beach and started running back toward me. I had to stop, pause the run, and pull up the camera quickly to get this shot.
On 10 March, I ran through a head cold and exceeded my San Diego Half Marathon goal of 2:10 by nearly 7 minutes. My best pace in a long run, with or without hills, and 2 minutes per mile faster than my last half marathon. The conditions were nearly perfect and I was pretty happy with my run.