A half-marathon is slightly longer than 13.10 miles.

Participating in the Malibu International Half-Marathon on November 10, 2013 was one of the most difficult things I have ever done.

From 6A.M. Trail runs in Malibu, through an 18 kilometer race one month prior to the half-marathon, I averaged 40 miles a month from the time I began training (July 17) to the day of the race. I clocked in approximately 20 miles in July, 62 in August, 50 in September, 40 in October, and 23 (most of which was the actual half-marathon itself) in November.

I definitely do not believe I would have been able to complete the half-marathon had I not run the 18k Point Mugu Trail run, but I also think I would have done much better had I ran more in the months of September and October.

I ended up running the half-marathon in 2 hours, the goal which I had planned as I was tying my shoelaces in July, preparing for my first of many runs while training for the half-marathon. In retrospect, this was one of the most challenging things I have ever done. It was super demanding on my body and I definitely felt the pain from the pavement around mile 11. Although I could barely walk as I crossed the finish line, I did what I had set out to do. I had completed a goal in the couple months I had given myself.

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