We arrived just before 7AM and the race didn't start until 8AM so I stayed in my hoodie and sweatpants until almost 7:40. We got out of the car shortly after 7 to make a trip to the port o potties since there was no line. I hate port o potties so if I am forced to use one then I am determined to be one of the first in there! With our port o potty mission complete it was back to the car. We watched several other runners arrive and get ready to run. At 7:40 we took pre-race photos that almost always result in a crazy pose or two. I tried to take a jumping picture but it was disastrous!
After running into a few friends and my favorite runner of all, Melissa, who inspired me to start running in the first place, I was ready to go! Allan escorted me to the start, took a few more photos, and after the national anthem and a prayer we were off! Miles 1-3 went pretty well but getting from mile 3-4 was rough (probably because I hadn't run a distance further than 3.1 miles since the 15K in early October). I did start eating my GU Chomps at Mile 3 and I think this helped. The watermelon flavor is amazing! After I passed Mile 4 I settled into a great pace which carried me almost all the way to Mile 6.
|One of my favorites!|
|I like to call this Ready, Set, Garmin!|
|Waving at Allan|
I walked more than I wanted to at the end but I knew that I was going to finish ahead of the 2:45 goal I had set for myself. I had a secret goal of running 2:30 and I know that could have happened if I had paid better attention when I put my socks on but you know what they say "Hindsight is always 20/20". Once we passed Mile 12 and I could see the last turn I started to run again and ran until I crossed the finish line. This is the first time I haven't sprinted to the finish line and the last thing I wanted to do was puke on the nice lady that was going to hand me my medal. Allan was yelling for me and taking video and pictures.
All in all I'm pretty pleased with how my first half went. I'm glad there were no bathroom issues, that I didn't throw up, and that I wasn't dehydrated. My only regret is not paying more attention when I put my socks on. Aside from the last 5K of the race I'm really happy with how fast I ran. I'm proud of myself for finishing especially since aside from my first 10 mile run and my 15K I've never run more than a 5K. 6 months ago in May I started running and I was doing one mile a day and that one mile was a struggle some days. Now I'm a runner and a half marathon finisher with the medal, shirt, and new truck sticker to prove it! Who knows what I could have accomplished if I had actually had some long runs leading up to this?! When I run this race next year I hope to run a sub-2:30 and have a full marathon on my race schedule!
|Pretty happy girl the day after!|
|Here's what you can win!|