Nadia and I both finished Sunday’s Budapest Half Marathon (21 kilometers – 13 miles) under our goal of 2 hours. It was a beautiful late summer day in the historic city of Budapest, Hungary. It was our first truly big race with over 6,000 runners starting the half marathon. It took us 4 and 1/2 minutes to reach the starting line! We ran together and around the 17 kilometer mark, we spotted the red pacing balloon of 2 hours just ahead of us. We passed her quickly and held on the rest of the way. We sprinted to the finish and Nadia finished with a time of 1:58:07 and she finished #470 overall for the women. We had a 10 km split of 57:37. I had a time of 1:57:56, good for a #2631 finish for the men.
The buildings and sites were amazing, although there were too many people running the race and we felt crowded. Very different from our runs this summer in the sparsely populated Upper Peninsula of Michigan.