15 06 2012
Despite quite horrible weather conditions (heavy rain before the race, strong rain during the first 1/2h, light rain up to half-marathon....and wind during the first 25 kilometers), I managed to break my personal best in a marathon, down to 3h38'45".
Not a huge improvement (1'35") but, given that this race is not the easiest ever (the last 17 kilometers are made of ups and downs, for a total 150 meters positive slope and 60 meters height difference between start and finish), a very good result indeed.
This has been my first "negative split" marathon, with a second half faster than the first. Also I managed to keep the same speed all along the race, each kilometer being 5'02" and 5'16" except one at 5'23 because of the steepest hill there. Final kilometer in 4'50"!
As I was hoping, training gives results...
Now, I'm heading to a summer without races, but probably great runs during DebConf in Nicaragua.
Next "big" race : Seine-Eure marathon, in Val de Rueil, France, on October 20th. Here, I again expect to break my PB as this is a very flat race (the place where I set my previous PB, indeed)