I am a Half Marathoner!
I did it! 13.1 miles … I finished more than 30mins slower than I expected to, but I pushed through the bad stuff and did it!
Tim (a friend who also ran yesterday) and myself:
I started out the race feeling REALLY good. I actually started tearing up a little bit around mile 5 when I realized I was having a perfect day. I got good sleep the night before, I was running a little bit faster than normal but feeling strong and I was really happy.
But then out of no where I got hit was some serious GI issues. I actually had to leave the course and go into a Subway at one point because there were no port o potties nearby… it was a nightmare. I’ll spare you the details but I think I was in that bathroom for 20 mins.
I was really upset at that point not because I was feeling so sick but because I knew my goal time and second goal time and third goal time were all slipping away.
After that I was never able to mentally get back into the game. I saw my running coach a few times along the course and she was awesome. She gave me tons of advice and encouragement, but I was feeling really sorry for myself, which is a bad place to be in a race.
I ended up finishing more than 30 minutes slower than I had planned to. I know most of that is because of my “bathroom break” but it was still really discouraging.
As my running coach pointed out though, I ran farther today than I have even run before and aside from my stomach issues my body felt really good. That is something to be proud of.
One really cool thing that happened at the race was that Adam volunteered and he was actually the person who hung the finisher’s medal around my neck. That was pretty awesome : )
I wish I had been able to finish strong and had my perfect day, but sometimes things don’t work out that way. And at the end of the day, I am still a HALF MARATHONER!
… I am just a half marathoner looking for a redemption run!
What was your first half marathon (or big race) like?
Is it crazy that 5 mins after I crossed the finish line I completely forgot about feeling sorry for myself and told my running coach I am ready to talk about 26.2? : )