Saturday morning I ran my first half marathon at the third annual Cincinnati Half Marathon. Prior to the race I said that I was shooting for an 8:30 pace and I hit it pretty much dead on. According to the results I finished in 1:50:39.3, which is an 8:27 pace. I was the 235th overall finished out of 1,260. Also finishing 33 out of 96 in my age group (male 30-34).
Despite running nearly every other race in town, my dad had never done the Cincinnati Half. He decided to join in and run the race with me. We also ran with my neighbors, who originally told me about the race a few months ago.
Overall the course was nice. The first five miles weaved through downtown, with the only real hill coming at about mile 4. The rest of the course was an out and back on Riverside Drive, which is very flat and pretty easy to run. The last mile was through Friendship Park and Sawyer Point, which provided a nice spot for spectators and finishers to gather.
My legs were completely dead at the end of the race but are pretty well back to normal today. I don’t have any future race plans at this point, but I’ll probably return to my shorter three and four milers starting tomorrow.