This year I rocked my best time on half marathon. My new personal best is now 1 hour 33 minutes and 48 seconds. This happened in Madrid at the 41. edition of the official city run branded under the Rock ‘n’ Roll series.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll series are quite popular in the USA, but they have now few events in Europe, including Madrid, Lisbon and Dublin. I attended this event for the first time and the organization was excellent. The atmosphere in Madrid was great with many volunteers, supporters and lots of rock music along the track.
The result as usual was unexpected. I started my preparations only 5 weeks before the run and did 2 to 3 running sessions per week. The other days in the week I was mostly in the gym doing functional training, HIIT or cardio courses. I had on average 1 day of rest in the week. The race was as always on Sunday and this time starting at 9 am. The weather was very sunny but luckily in the morning the temperature was cool. Later, it became warm, about 20 degrees, but that was at the end of the race. I started the race reserved but at the 4th kilometer I realized I can speed up and keep the pace. At this race I did not have to break the wall because I was feeling powerful till the finish which was next to the famous Retiro Park.
It was a great run in a beautiful city. Looking forward to my runs in Autumn!