Jo Dee Messina finished her first half-marathon race on Sunday (Jan. 11) in Phoenix, with a time of 2:33:49. “I started out just wanting to finish the half marathon, but as I approached mile 10 I had more left in me than I thought,” she said. “I finished being very pleased with my time. I want to participate in another Elite [Racing] event, so I can continue to improve my performance. It was a wonderful experience and a great way to start 2004.” A half marathon is 13.1 miles.