I finally did it! If you remember I was mentioning in one of my previous posts what my first goal for this year was – run Half marathon under 2 hours. Well I can cross this off my bucket list now. It happened 2 weeks ago at 5th Eco marathon Maribor.
Eco marathon packs a set of races happening during week end. Saturday is dedicated to cycling with 70 and 114 km races, while Sunday Maribor turns into a running metropolis with racers running 10 and 21 km. This year cycling events got canceled though, as some roads were flooded due to heavy rains. Anyhow, Sunday weather was kind and approximately 2.000 runners gathered on one of the bridges above Drava river. We both, runners to 10 and 21 km, started together but shortly afterwards split on our own ways. The course leads all the time around Maribor city, passing Drava river 4 times, leading even above one dig and a pretty amazing view of the rivers delta. It pack couple of elevation gains but they are manageable. For me the race went pretty well, I started perhaps a bit too strong so I had to hold myself back saving energies and after the last fueling station (around 20 km) I had a bit of a crisis, however it passed quickly and I was able to finish the race really strong. And boy, what a rush of emotions came after finding out I managed to run it under 2 hours. Feelings of completion, happiness, satisfaction … I’ve been training almost the whole year for this, after all. For sure we will see again next year, thank you Maribor!
See the course below
Oglejte si Eko Maraton Maribor – 21km na večjem zemljevidu.
And what have I been up to afterwards? Well for starters I focused on training with elevations in the past 2 weeks. As you know this Sunday I’m running my first marathon and it will include couple of them … If you’re wandering – Yes I’m scared a bit but I’m confident I’ll arrive at the finishing line 😉
Here’s an example from one of the trainings with Miran. Basically we did following focus on keeping speed same throughout the elevation and building up speed afterwards. Or the other way going as fast as possible up.
I should mention also past Sunday’s running festival at Arboretum Volčji potok. BMW organized a proper running festival with races to 6 and 12 km and a family run of 600 m. It was a proper and really well organized event, bravo BMW! I went on running 12 km and managed to finish it right under 1 hour. I was surprised as I almost stopped at its halfway point. I didn’t manage to eat anything that day and I learned my lesion – EAT breakfast, especially on race day!
I’ll be taking this week easy, yesterday I made my last long run of 19 km. This week I’ll do some easy intervals and one elevation training with a lot of resting and carbs loading. And finally Sunday I will run!
Btw. yesterday a new world record was set on Berlin’s marathon – 2:02:57 – Are you kiddin’ me? This is crazy! Well, Klemen was in Berlin too, he ran his first marathon and finished it in 4:15:56 – B.R.A.V.O. and congratulations man!
Until the next post ciaos!