According to my local tradition for the 6th time I took part in Bratislava marathon. This year on April 7th 2019 was 14th edition of the event. The route was shortened through the city centre and longer final kilometers in Sad Jana Krala Park. It was not the most comfortable arrangement due to many winding paths and turns slowing down runners.
I was confident I can complete the race with no issues. I increased long-distance training sessions throughout winter and was counting on good result this year.
The event started at 9 AM. After obligatory speeches from organizers around 14 thousand people took to the streets. Morning sky was overcast with cool 11 degrees C, although a bit windy.
I was running fast and completed initial 10 km in 44:30, Half-marathon was done in 1:35:14 For the second half the sky cleared and temperature went up to 18 degrees C slowing me down and sapping my strength.
I completed the race in 3h:16m:34s – my new personal best 🙂