If you're looking to set a PR in a 1/2 marathon, and would like it to be VERY painful, here's what to do:
1. Run 2 x since IM FL on 11/3 2. Make sure one run is only 20 minutes on the beach at sunrise, and don't run very hard 3. Make sure the other run is two laps around the downtown bridges 2 days before the race 4. Go out WAY too fast for the first few miles
This is a perfect strategy for making sure the last 3 miles of the half marathon hurt like a son of a *&$%
By now you'd think I would have learned to go out easy in the first few miles...it worked SO well in the IM....oh well.....
The good news is that with virtually no training over the last three weeks, I did manage to take almost 5 minutes off of my open half marathon time, crossing the line in 1:47:38.
Note to self: go slower in beginning = much less pain at end