the half marathon was ok. I made several mistakes:
1) I didn't really train for it. I just did a few long-ish runs a few weeks prior and figured I'd be fine. then on race day I realized I actually wanted to race... and wasn't quite ready for that
2) Instead of having an easy week before the race, I did some pretty strenuous hiking in the Dolomites
3) two nights before the race I got maybe 2 hours of sleep... on a bus
4) the night before the race I had some booze, although in a pretty small amount
now considering all that, I felt pretty good on the morning of the race; the weather was perfect (cool and cloudy), the crowd small (80ish people), the course was only mildly hilly, and my family was amazingly supportive (and very surprised I could run that far - apparently they had no idea).
so, all in all it was a good experience, i did an ok job pacing myself in the beginning, and there were only 15 women in the race, so I ended up finishing second, even though my time was far from great (just under 1:47). That was a great confidence booster, haha.
I try to be more disciplined on my marathon training, but I'm still kinda winging it. That's one of the reasons I'm on this forum now... hoping the community will help motivate me to stay on track
So, what phase of your training are you at now?