This story of this race report does not simply begin in January when my training cycle started. The roots of this race travel back to 2015, where a very cocky version of my former self bombed multiple half marathons after not properly training for them. In the last few years, my half times deteriorated thanks to my swollen ego after running my first marathon.
This is a series I liken to a soap opera called, “Humbled by the Half Marathon.” Train for a half? Who does that?! My last three half times were slower than my first three for no other reason than lack of effort and training on my part. Then in late 2015, I got a stress fracture. I did not run a single race in 2016 besides a 5k.
I feel like calling the Malaga Half Marathon a comeback is somewhat of an understatement. I pulled it together mentally and physically and returned to running in 2017 feeling like a brand new runner! A runner that wasn’t egotistical about time and distance! A runner that went into her training cycle with a race strategy and came out on the other side with a new PR!