Argentan half-marathon [1 25′ 00″ – 31/552 – V2: 3/129 – 19°C]

ADSC_0095This race was a tough one, ending up with more than a minute lost from last year… Not so much because of the weather conditions (a bit too hot and too windy), but because of the lack of pack for much of the race that saw me running by myself with no-one near. I tried to keep with the 3rd woman from last year (Daria Furkalo who finished second in 1:23:50 this year) but I slowed down too much on the forest slopes and I had to fight hard to stay around 4mn per kilometre for the rest of the race, with hardly anyone in sight. There was about the same number of runners as last year, but I somehow fell into a gap with minutes between runners at the end of the race. The last two kilometres were a wee bit harder, maybe because of a lack of long distance runs, maybe because of a residual of  the flu, maybe just because I am getting older!, and the runner in front of me seemed impossibly far. He actually ended up second in my V2 category. When I talked with him at the rewards ceremony [yet another ugly cup to store in my CREST office!], he told me he had spotted me by looking at the results of last year and seeing my Insee Paris Club red tank top, which prompted him to fight harder to keep ahead of me (while I had no idea of his age group!). I found this story quite funny in the planning it involved (while acknowledging trying to spot other V2’s on the race and asking one runner catching up with me at mid-race whether he was V2…) [Thanks again to the photographs of Normandiecourseapied for their free pictures!]


One Response to “Argentan half-marathon [1 25′ 00″ – 31/552 – V2: 3/129 – 19°C]”

  1. Congratulations! It does seem tougher (mentally) running by yourself.

    Great photos of the red shirt again! :-)

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