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Half-Marathon: anticipation and goal-setting

(Yes, this isn't cycling-related. Oh, well.)

On Sunday, I'm signed up to participate in a half-marathon here in Philly. It's the day of the Philadelphia Marathon, and back when the days were getting longer and warm weather was but a hope, I figured out that even if I were the last one to cross the finish line for the half, there would still be a few folks running the full 26.2 miles out there to keep me company.

Goals for the event:
  • actually start
  • actually finish
  • finish without serious injury
  • finish within 4 hours, 52 minutes -- that's how long it took for the last person in my sex/age group to finish last year.
I had considered setting of goal of beating the slowest finisher in the women's 70-98 age group instead -- but since that group completed last year's race in a speedy 3:47, I'm not sure I can keep pace with the more experienced runners.
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