Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Saga Continues

Next weekend, I get to run my 11th half marathon. It is really no secret at this point what my goal for the Erie Half Marathon is, sub-2.

However, while I will be happy with 1:59:59 to some degree, it is going to be go big or go home for this race.

I've written about this a few times, but I have been chasing that sub-2 half marathon dream for awhile now. I've come close once, and if I was just a runner I would have done it, but now it is time. My hope is to run around 8:40 pace, which would put me at around 1:53. Anything faster would be fantastic! (I still will be happy with ANY sub-2 time but this is what I think I am capable of at this time).

Now a look back at all of my half marathons, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Fall Foliage Half Marathon

Where: Rhinebeck, New York
When: October 23, 2011
Time: 2:18:56

Polar Bear Series Half Marathon


Where: Olean, New York
When: March 18, 2012
Time: 2:26:43

Skunk Cabbage Half Marathon

Where: Ithaca, New York
When: April 1, 2012
Time: 2:07:00

Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon

Where: Chicago, Illinois
When: July 22, 2012
Time: 2:11:15

Turning Stone Races Half Marathon

Where: Verona, New York
When: August 26, 2012
Time: 2:10:31

Cape Cod Half Marathon

Where: Falmouth, Massachusetts
When: October 27, 2012
Time: 2:06:39

Nittany Valley Half Marathon

Where: State College, Pennsylvania
When: December 2, 2012
Time: 2:13:41

Hyannis Marathon Relay (2-person)

Where: Hyannis, Massachusetts
When: February 24, 2013
Time: 2:22

Flower City Challenge Half Marathon

Where: Rochester, New York
When: April 28, 2013
Time: 2:00:44

Musselman Triathlon 70.3 (Run Leg)

Where: Geneva, New York
When: July 14, 2013
Time: 2:39:08

There you have it, all of the half marathons that I have run in a short amount of time. Ten half marathons in four different states with times ranging from 2:00:44 to 2:39:08 (granted that was at the end of a 70.3 in almost 90 degree temps).

Here's to half marathon #11 (#2 in Pennsylvania) and CRUSHING sub-2!

And a shout out to Crystal and Janell who both crushed, seriously, the sub-2 mark today during their half marathon!


  1. You have got this. No doubt in my mind. You are going to do it!!

  2. Good luck! You look like you are on track to get that sub 2 for sure. Can't wait to hear how it goes.

  3. You will do great this weekend! PS - I'm leaning toward "yes" for the Fall Foliage Half right now. :)

  4. Your drive is amazing, and I can see good things happening :) Erie is BEAUTIFUL! I am usually there this coming weekend for a ride for cystic fibrosis, but they moved it this year. Presque Isle is BEAUTIFUL!

    1. It is gorgeous there! We've been once before, to see the lighthouses, can't wait to go back!

  5. You can do this, Jamie! Believe it, girl!

  6. I have no doubt that you will get sub 2. It seems like you get faster and faster every day. Good luck.

  7. You'll definitely go sub 2! I can't wait to see how fast you go!

  8. You've got it. Don't get into your own head too much and just run strong. Good luck!

  9. You will have a great race. The experience from your prior races and Tri's will take you to the finish. I can’t wait to read about your first sub 2 hours half. Have fun

  10. Ahh! The sub-2! It's definitely a goal of mine someday soon, too! I wish you the best of luck! You can do this!

  11. Good luck! You got it!

  12. I know you have it in you- go get it!! Cheering from here. :)