I am so happy I get to write this post. I have been putting it off all day simply because I can’t seem to put into words how great I feel. Everyone I talk to on the phone barely gets two minutes of talking time in because I am just a blur of endorphin’s rambling on and on. This is going to be all over the place because my mind just doesn’t stop.
I ran my first half marathon today. Six months ago I couldn’t even run over two miles on the treadmill, let alone run 13.1. I signed up for this race though in hopes of motivating me to get off my butt and finally do something for me. I seemed a little over ambitious at the beginning, but once I make my mind up there is no way I will let myself down.
Today the six months of training made it all worth it. I woke up this morning at 5:45 to start getting ready for the 8AM start. I ate a piece of toast and a banana, plus a few bites of coconut greek yogurt. My stomach was a ball of nerves so there was no way I could get anything else into me. I left my place a little late as usual but made it to the start with about 10 minutes to spare. They gave the half marathoners a choice of two different courses from the starting line which was a little weird, but I chose the second route knowing I’d avoid one monstrous hill near the end). The race started on time and I knew right from the start that this was going to be a good race. It started out sunny but a little cool, but about a quarter of the way through it started getting overcast and misting slightly. It definitely wasn’t hot out but I think it was the optimal temperature. I wore a t-shirt and capri’s from Old Navy and didn’t overheat or feel too cool once, even when the wind picked up by the river.
The miles just seemed to fly by and my legs didn’t start to bother me until about the tenth mile. Both my hips were starting to ache and a few times I really had to focus on keeping on foot in front of the other. You really are running off of adrenaline though. The atmosphere was incredible. My biggest complaint about the race is that the miles weren’t marked at all and they only had an occasional arrow showing which way you are supposed to go. There were a couple times I couldn’t see anyone in front of me and I wasn’t sure where exactly I was supposed to go. This is the first year for this race though so of course there are going to be a few things to work out for next year.
My friends Jen and Ryan were there waiting for me at the finish line. I feel like I ran (jogged) the majority of the race. I didn’t have to take too many walking breaks even with the amount of hills on the trails. The energy running through me was incredible. I even had enough in me to sprint to the end! I highly recommend anyone who is considering running a half marathon or whatever to just do it. Sign up for something but give yourself plenty of time to train beforehand but just do it. If I can friggen run a half marathon, anyone can!
I finished around 2:20. I don’t know my exact time because the finish line was such a blur but all I know is that I definitely beat my goal of running it in 2:30. That is an amazing feeling. I spoke earlier about basically changing my goal from 2:30 to just being able to finish the race because I didn’t think it would be possible to finish before 2:30, but I sure did! Crushed it!
Even though I can barely walk I managed to drive myself to Dairy Queen a little earlier for a little bit of sugar recovery: