Halfway to my goal of running a marathon, that is. I ran my first half marathon this weekend! It was an all women race, which helped diminish the intimidation factor.
A few weeks prior to the race I had set a goal of three hours, but with subsequent practice runs realized that wasn't practical. I ran some analysis on the prior year results, and determined that the longest time in my age bracket (25 - 29) was about 3:30, so I wanted to beat that and not be last in my age bracket! I also set 3:15 as an extra goal, as that was about the 3rd quartile in last year's results. I walked a bit, but not so much that I can't say I "ran" the race. I have a threshold that if I walk about a third or more of a route, I won't say I "ran" it. I did the first 2 1/2 or 3 miles without stopping to walk, and for the first half the race only walked for up to 2 minutes at a time. By the last few miles, I think I was alternating sets of running for 1 - 2 minutes with walking for 5 - 6 minutes, but in total, I'd guesstimate I walked at most a fourth of the race.
I ended up finishing 96th out of 105 for my age group, and 1468th out of 1860 over all (within the top 80%).
This summer my plan is to back off of distance, and work on speed and not walking. I'm planning to do at least three 5k races, and maybe find a good 10k to run. I'm going to start training in my barefoot shoes and accustom my leg and foot muscles to running exclusively that way.