I should have done this sooner so that I would not forget details, but I will do my best to recap my very first half marathon experience. To me, I was just so proud to make a goal and actually accomplish that goal. To know that I could run just over 13 miles in just under 2 1/2 hours is beyond cool to me.
That morning I woke early, I think around 5, because the race started at 7 am and I had to drive about 35 minutes or so to get there. I took a shower. Some of you may think, what is the point of a shower. It helped me wake up and just get moving. I had gotten all my gear together the night before so I didn't have too much to get together. I made some Nuun
Water to put in my bottles for my fuel belt, then put 3 packets of Sport beans in my pack and headed out.
On my drive over, I had a Bolthouse Coffee Protein drink and tried to eat a little bar, but didn't eat much of the bar. The morning was cold!! As I drove the outside temp was 37!! To a Texan, that is cold!! I ate one pack of the sport beans in the car before I got out. I suited up and headed out to find the start line. I wore long sleeves, a running skirt, and my compression socks that I hadn't worn before(best choice ever).
I ran a lot more than I thought I would. I stopped again at the 8th mile to have more sport beans and just tried to keep hydrating. I walked some, but the longer I went the less I wanted to walk because it almost hurt more to walk than run. At about mile 10, my legs were starting to burn so I just kept running, one so that I could be done faster and two because walking was harder than running at that point.
The last stretch where we came back in to the crowds, I stepped it up and just tried to push myself to finish. My legs were done by the time I finished. It was so hard to even walk up stairs to get our shirt. They had food, but I just wanted to get home.
I have to say I am proud of my accomplishment. And funny enough, I was ready to sign up for my next half!! I was crazy sore the next day, but I had to put on my son's birthday party. I think it actually helped that I was up and moving most of the day because otherwise, I would have been sore for days and days. By Tuesday my soreness was gone!! It was an amazing experience and am so glad that I have added this page to my history book :) Oh, and the medal was sooo cool!
To anyone out there who thinks they can't do something like this.. You CAN!!! I put my mind to it and stuck to a training plan and accomplished a goal that I never imagined I would have done even a year ago. I look forward to my next half that I have in three weeks!!