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:

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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 : )

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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? : )

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31 Comments

  1. November 11, 2013 / 10:11 am

    Wow, hat’s off to you for finishing despite the obstacles you faced!

    And no, it’s not crazy to start talking about 26.2 now … Running makes you do crazy things!!!

    • November 11, 2013 / 1:01 pm

      Thank you Melissa πŸ™‚ Running does make us do ridiculous things, doesn’t it? I think that’s one of the reasons I love it so much, haha.

  2. November 11, 2013 / 11:28 am

    I’m so proud of you! Congrats on becoming a HALF MARATHONER! Especially with the challenges you faced on course!!

    • November 11, 2013 / 1:02 pm

      Thanks so much Kristin! By the way, I just sent you an email a few mins ago πŸ™‚

  3. November 11, 2013 / 12:48 pm

    It’s important on a first race of this kind of distance not to have a goal, imo. “Just finish”! I’m so proud of you. I tear up during important races, too! They’re so emotional!

    • November 11, 2013 / 1:04 pm

      I tried really hard not to have any goals except to finish. I told people my only goal was to finish, but internally I couldn’t help but have 3 goal times that I really wanted to try to meet.

      I consider all of this one big lesson learned, and I am looking forward going into the next one with all of this experience!

  4. November 11, 2013 / 1:28 pm

    Congrats on your half marathon!!! Your first race is a big accomplishment, no matter how long it takes you to cross the finish line. I improved my marathon time from my first to my second by 40 minutes. The first big race is about learning and you should be so proud. And I love you’re already thinking about 26.2. That’s how it happens. Endurance sports are addictive. Congrats!

    • November 12, 2013 / 10:01 am

      Hey Jesica, thanks so much for sharing your marathon story. That gives me inspiration! I can’t wait to take on my next half!

  5. November 11, 2013 / 1:40 pm

    Congratulations! You really did have a great race. I still remember my first half marathon. I was in a lot of pain, and told my husband I would NEVER run a full marathon. Ha ha.

    It’s common for issues to come up that you don’t expect, so try not to let that get you down. You’re tougher for powering through the problem!

    Hopefully you can figure out if it was something you ate that caused the distress so you can avoid it in the future!

    • November 12, 2013 / 10:02 am

      Hi Lauren, thank you! I do remember several times along the course thinking I would never run again let along run a half marathon… that was until 5 seconds after I crossed the finish line and exclaimed my plans to run 26.2 next year haha πŸ™‚

  6. November 11, 2013 / 2:14 pm

    YOU FINISHEDDDDDDD I try to tell everyone doing a first not to focus on time because you should just get to enjoy that you did it and the good news …now you have a time you know you can beat, ha!

    • November 12, 2013 / 10:03 am

      Hey Amanda! Thanks so much, I did FINISH!! As more time passes I am coming to terms with my finishing time and becoming more happy about just finishing! πŸ™‚

  7. Nicole
    November 11, 2013 / 6:34 pm

    Ahhh, congratulations!! :):):)

  8. November 11, 2013 / 7:30 pm

    YAY!!! Way to go. The most important thing is that you finished and you are ready for more! I love when people start thinking about the next race instead of something to simply cross off a list.

  9. November 11, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You are a half-marathoner!!! Sorry to hear about your stomach upset, that really sucks, but wow, you still finished! And yes, please don’t feel bad about your time being longer than your planned time – as you said, most of that was spent on the loo. What ana amzing finish as well to have your partner put your (well deserved) medal on.

    Awesome Kristina! xxx

    • November 12, 2013 / 10:04 am

      Thank you Lou!!! I’m so glad you found my blog a couple weeks ago because you are always so positive πŸ™‚ It is infectious!

  10. November 11, 2013 / 8:12 pm

    Congrats! Despite the issue you ran into, you should be very proud of yourself. You did something amazing. Sometimes things like this happen so that you can get redemption during your next half marathon. Keep on keepin’ on!

    • November 12, 2013 / 10:05 am

      Hey Mandy! Thanks a lot! I said to a friend yesterday that my really bad finishing time just means I have a super awesome redemption run in my future! πŸ™‚

  11. November 11, 2013 / 9:38 pm

    Hey, just came across your blog!

    Congrats on becoming a half-marathoner!!! It is such a huge accomplishment. Stomach issues can be such a pain…literally. You should be totally proud of yourself and I love that finisher’s medal! πŸ˜€

    Heather

    • November 12, 2013 / 10:06 am

      Hi Heather! Thanks so much πŸ™‚ I am in love with the finisher medal too. It’s so much heavier than I thought it would be! I wanted to wear it all day but it was weighing down my neck, haha

  12. November 14, 2013 / 7:58 am

    Congrats! What was your time? I will finally be running my half Dec 1. I’ve had to push my date back a couple times because of leg pain. πŸ™ But now I’m ready. woot woot! Keep us posted on your next big run.

  13. November 26, 2013 / 3:40 pm

    Kristina, Congrats!!! I’m so sorry about the GI distress. I’ve been there and I know how awful it is. But look at it this way, you’re sure to score a PR at Princess!! Running 13.1 is a major accomplishment no matter what time you finish in!

  14. April 24, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    So inspirational!!! I am in a similar boat and hope to run my first half marathon one day. Until then, miles to go (pun totally intended). Thank you for the motivation!!