On a sunny, hot Sunday morning, through the gruesome hills of the country-side-like town called Redlands, a 233-pound web designer ran an average 11 minutes, 34 seconds per mile to finish the 2012 Run-Through-Redlands Half Marathon at 2:31:40. It was one of my proudest physical achievements, especially considering it is the first time I have ever ran a half marathon, and the first time I have ever covered 13.1 miles in a single run. I did not know I was capable of such a feat. If you would have asked me two years if this was possible, I would have said no. I probably would have said no if you would have asked me 6-months before the race, when I first considered running a half marathon. In any case, no matter what my reservations were, in less than 6 months I prepared and ran a half marathon in a pretty impressive time considering the race-day conditions; and here’s how I did it:
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