I did it! My first half-marathon! It’s still a bit surreal. I travelled on my feet for 13.1 miles. Sure, we walked quite a bit, but we moved constantly for almost three hours. Our joints hurt and our muscles ached but we kept on going.
I have been wanting so much to talk about something amazing I have discovered. That walking is NOT cheating. That you can run/walk a race and use it as strategy. I would never have been able to run the entire 13.1 miles without stopping to walk. Mentally, I’m not that motivated and physically, I’m not that conditioned. I would have ended up hurt and regretting the torture I had just endured.
We chatted, we took pictures, we stretched, we enjoyed the scenery and we crossed the finish line. We definitely got our money’s worth. It was a perfect day for running and this has got to be one of the most beautiful running courses ever.
I hadn’t been nervous at all the days before the race. But I had a hard time sleeping and then I dreamt that I missed the race. Worse. Dream. Ever. It was nervous from the time I woke up. There were so many people and it was so exciting. I was hard to calm down. I wished they had played some relaxing music instead of motivating dance music. I worried that we would go out too fast. But thanks to Garmin I kept us slow for the first half mile or so.
We used Jeff Galloway’s run/walk method of 1.5 mile run and 0.5 walk. That worked out great. I didn’t really start to feel fatigued until about mile 10.
I looked like this most of the time…
ha! I wish. Definitely buying this one.
I think I actually looked more like this the whole time…
Here are some seals or sea lions that we saw during one of our stretching breaks…
We finished in 2 hours and 46 minutes. Doesn’t get much slower than that but I’m not embarrassed or ashamed with that time. It’ll be that much easier to PR on my next half-marathon! Here are my stats…
583 / 684 age group
3,716 / 4,619 overall females
6,030 / 7,173 overall
Isn’t that the cutest medal ever?! I already can’t wait for next year’s race.
After I got home, I headed right to my laptop to find my next half-marathon. I was thinking about doing a full marathon next summer, but the half was tougher than I thought it would be. So, I’ve decided I need to conquer several more half-marathons before I tackle a marathon.
I really want to do the San Francisco 1st half marathon on July 27th, 2014. It crosses over the Golden Gate bridge! But the transportation is tricky. The starting time is 5:30-6:30am so I’d want to stay at a near by hotel and walk to the start. And that doesn’t sound like much fun all by lonesome. Anyone want to go with me?!