I can officially call myself a "runner"..I think? I finished my first half marathon. Considering 5 weeks ago I set out to run a half marathon in MAY....with the goal of finishing in in 2:30..I should be very proud of finishing my first half marathon 5 weeks later with a time of 2:10 (clock time 2:13)
So heres the recap...and this is how I remember my race
The Lonely part:
Travis dropped me off...and I was standing in a field....alone...and cold. I had no clue what I was doing....didn't know where the starting line was. It seemed like everyone else had someone they were with...and I was just out there...shivering and shaking....alone. I was sooooooo scared. Someone actually commented after seeing me...and said "wow..theres people shivering out here". But then some friends walked up...and I was kosher from there on out.
Beginning: Mile 1
This was the most exciting part of the race. Big crowd...lots of excitement.I had tears in my eyes....it was just Awesome!!
Middle: Miles 2-10
This part was just nice and steady. I met up with some girls I knew and we ran the first 8 miles together. This may have slowed me down...but I was soo happy to have someone there with me during my first race. I wish I would have paid more attn to my surroundings...and less attn to the shoes the people had on in front of me.People would point out funny things that I was missing since I was just staring at the shoes in front of me. Got to see Travis and a classmate at mile 7. Ran up and jumped on him...(Secretly hoping he would piggy back me the next 6 miles). It was good to see a familiar face. At mile 8...the girls wanted to walk...SO I forged ahead.
Hard Part: Miles 10-13
I was not prepared for the last three miles. Since my training "long runs" had consisted of 2....8 miles and 10 miles....I did not have the experience to be able to feel strong on this bit of unchartered territory. I seriously had to have some mental talks with myself to get me through it. Also I sped up too quickly. I kept thinking the end was near...and I think speeding up kinda hurt me.
This was the best part. I saw the chute and just took off sprinting. I passed about 4 or 5 people...and just felt like I was flying. However I'm sure it did not look that way.
I felt soooo great to be done!! Here are some pics!
Things I learned:
*Don't look at the shoes in front of you.....there is much better scenary when running on an ISLAND!
*Brunswick Stew is NOT a good post race food....still having stomach issues
*Standing alone in a field of runners can be very scary
*Don't speed up too quickly.....
*Sprinting past people in the last 100m is mean..and FUN!
*.....when I saw the finish line.....I knew this was not the finish.....but just the beginning.......
Hilton Head Half Marathon next weekend???? We shall see......haha
P.S. I ran the second half faster than the first....I progressively got faster as the race went on...even in those 3 miles I felt like I was dying