Thursday, October 17, 2013

I Did a Half Marathon and I Liked it. A lot.

If you would have asked me five years ago if I'd ever do a half marathon, I would have laughed. For a long time. And then probably laughed some more. Because that was not on my realm of possibilities. At all.
 
I've written a lot about my journey to running and how I literally just decided that I wanted to run/walk a half marathon on a whim. I do interval running, which means that I run and walk for a set number of minutes and continue throughout the whole race. I do a 1.5 minute run to 1 minute walk interval. I am slow. Ridiculously slow. And, for years, I let that define my status as a non-runner. And then this summer I had an epiphany: slow or not - I wasn't going to let it stop me from doing what I wanted to do. If I wanted to do a half marathon, it was better to be slow and do it than to not do it at all. And isn't that the motto of my life or what? Stop complaining that you're not good enough and be the best you that you can be. 
 
So, I joined an interval running training program with a friend, committed to the hours and days I'd need to train, and started from ground zero. On October 6th at 7:35am, I began my three hour journey to finishing my first ever half marathon.
 
Here were my times (I don't know why it's saying missing data for 5 mile; it was there a week ago):
 
The best me that I could be finished the race in 3 hours, 5 minutes, and 59 seconds. And let me tell you, I am damn proud of that. It may be someone else's worst nightmare of a finish time, but for me, a self declared non-runner, it's a damn good time. Period. And at the end of the day, I can honestly say I DID A HALF MARATHON!!!!
Here was the exact moment that I crossed the finish line. The man in blue behind me is in my training program and he is in his 70's. He is such an inspiration! The woman in pink next to me is a dear friend who got me over that finish line. She was my encouragement when I wasn't sure I could finish and my motivation when I realized I could.

I wrote a post for those of you that Want to Become a Beginner Runner, but have no idea where to start. It details out your must haves to get you started. I am happy to answer any questions, but honestly I am a beginner just like you. If I can do this, ANYONE can.
 
 So. It's official. I did a half marathon and I liked it. A lot. So much so - that my next goal is to do another one before I turn 31. Who would have thought?

3 comments:

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I just grinned like an idiot reading this post! Good job!

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Congrats! It is such an accomplishment! Running can get addictive!

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Oh my goodness, yes. VERY!

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