I did it! I ran my first half marathon! I was so scared and nervous because I knew the weather was going to be cold and rainy. I also don't really like large crowds and big places because I don't like getting lost, so I was more nervous about that than anything. So once I got to the starting line, my nerves were gone.
I had been sick for two weeks and didn't train two weeks ago, and I hadn't had a really good run since, so that wasn't making me very hopeful. My goal was to run an 11 minute mile pace, and I ended up running 10! It was so much fun, and the crowd was so inspiring!
Yes, I had my headphones and lip synced and every now and then did an air drum, but hey, whatever works, yo.
My favorite mantra was, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”
I love all of the signs that people had along the route. Here were some of my favorites:
- Go Mommy Go!
- Pain is temporary, bragging rights are forever.
- You look skinny.
- Runners are hot.
- You're feet hurt because you're kicking so much ass.
- It's long and hard, so do it fast! (LOL, what? It's funny.)
Oh they made me smile and sometimes laugh out loud. So now my training for the full 26.2 kicks into high gear! “This is crazy; this is crazy; this is crazy!” (Name that movie – haha.)
And now for the stats, if you care:
Chip time – 2:11:10
Overall place – 3997 out of 9650
Sex place – 1699 out of 5604
Female 30-34 division place – 313 out of 982
Oh, and to answer the most asked question: Did you walk? I slowed to a walk to drink Gatorade about 4-5 times, and I stopped at a port-a-pottie once.