I ran the Belgrade Marathon, well, at least the half marathon, for the third time and I had my best time of 1 hour and 49 minutes exactly (officially 1hour, 48 minutes, and 56 seconds). I started extremely fast this year with a 23 minute 5 km and followed with a 24 minute second 5 km. My official split at the 10 kilometer mark was 48:46.
I slowed in the second half of the race with a 26 minute third 5 km. At the 15 kilometer mark I had a time of 1 hour and 14 minutes. At the 1 hour and 22 mark, the 1:45 pacer ran by me. I hung on for about 3 minutes, but couldn’t keep up. The last 5 km was painful! I saw the clock finally and wanted to get under 1 hour and 50 minutes. I made it with a time exactly 1 minute faster than that. I finished in 384th place out of 1,535, which is in the 25th percentile! Overall it was a great race and I enjoyed it.
Nadia, my wife, ran the 5 km fun run. There was too many people and she felt the course was a bit longer than the 5 kilometer. She finished with a time of 27 minutes.
I was inspired to run a 5 km run with the kids next month. There is a run in the Košutnjak Park on Saturday May 19th which we hope to run.