Today I ran the Chiba Marine Half Marathon in 1:32:00. I only just realized that this is my first half marathon since last year’s Chiba Marine. Today was a gorgeous sunny day but too windy. The wind was coming in from the west which meant that the second half of the race was nearly entirely into the wind. The part from 10km to 12km and 19 km to 20km was particularly and I was almost crawling along. However, I was prepared for this and ran the first 8km as fast as I could. My target tome was 1:30 and after 8km I was over a minute to the good of that. Over as soon as I turned the corner at the 10km point, my pace dropped from 4:20 to 4:40 and it was a war of attrition to the end. However I did enjoy the race immensely, particularly the wonderful view of Mt. Fuji.
My next race is the Nagano Marathon and I start my 12 week training program on 26th January, with a rest day.