I did it. I ran a half marathon and am alive to tell about it. As you can kind of tell from my longer runs blogged about I have been training for the run. Or at least I attempted to train. I slacked off on some of my longer runs later in the training.
My ultimate goal was to finish in 2:10, but since I hadn’t been training very well in the end I think I would have been happy with 2:15. But, I didn’t have to settle for either. I finished in 2:03! Oh yah, I’m excited.
I have to say that I think I kicked some serious butt in this race. I didn’t think I’d be able to run this fast for this long. Heck, my fastest run before this was a 10mile a month or so ago, and even then it was 9:41 and I had taken a breather (untimed) at the top of a hill waiting for my mom and her bike!
There were somethings that really kept me going.
— I am actually pretty good at hill! I passed people on hills, and then stayed ahead of them! I’m sure this has to do with the fact that no matter where I run near my home I have to run hills, but it was a real confidence booster during the race!
— After the first mile I saw a girl who I had followed in a 10K in the area last year. I kept up with her until we got to a hill and then I passed her. It felt good, and I knew I was doing better than I did in my 10K last year!
— There were three girls ahead of me running with a guy who talked a lot and could have worn more clothes (spandx shorty shorts and extra mini tanks). I called them the “skanky chicks” and decided I was going to pass them. I did, and I was going good, until I stopped at a water station and had to wait a whole 7 seconds or so to get water, they passed me again, but they weren’t talking anymore!
— I didn’t know much of the trail/path we were running, even though I’ve run on some of the trails, I think this helped me, at least mentally. The last 3 miles were hard. We got onto a trail I had run multiple times and I knew exactly where I needed to go to the finish. I hated that, it was the longest 30ish minutes of the run!
— I sprinted the last .1, yup, a full out sprint and it felt good. Thank goodness it was only .1 miles though! Right before mile 13 there was a big hill. I’ve run this hill in the past, but not after 12.8 miles! It sucked and I’m glad I hd some energy to sprint afterwards.
— Running up the killer hill in mile 12 I had a girl shoulder to shoulder with me. It really helped to keep me from slowing down!
Overall, I’m really excited that I ran this, and it makes the concept of running a full in October!____________________
Distance: 13.1 miles