My First Half Marathon – Recap

March 4, 2012 § 28 Comments

I ran a half marathon this morning everybody!!! :-D

Yes, today was the day.  I’m still in shock – I can’t believe I actually did it!

Because of the race, my day started unusually early.  My entire family got up at the crack of dawn (okay, 6:30AM) and drove a couple of hours to the race.  In the car, I had my typical pre-run breafast of a banana with peanut butter and pretzels.

Once we got there, I was in a bit of a rush so I (quickly) got my bib, drank some water, did some streching and, before I knew it, the race director was calling everyone to the starting line.

Aaaaaaaand then we were off!

I started out slow and steady as my original plan was to keep an average 10-minute mile pace the entire time and try to finish under 2 hours and 15 minutes, but that plan went out the window around Mile 5. ;-)

By the time I reached Mile 5 I had run up and the steepest hill of the entire course (dare I say it was comparable to The Bowl) and still managed to keep a 9:10-ish pace.  I was feeling great so I decided to “just go with it” and tried to maintain that pace for as long as I could. 

  

Photo credit goes to my Dad for the above picture.  He took it around Mile 10 and I think it describes how I felt the entire race perfectly!

It turns out I was (almost) able to maintain that pace for the rest of the race!  Miles 6 through 12 were uneventful (just a few water stations and lots of farmland.) I actually feel bad that I don’t have any crazy or exciting stories to share with you about the race because, honestly, it went by so fast and I was “in the zone.” I must have been pretty well-trained! ;-)

The last mile of the race was actually pretty fun.  I was neck-and-neck with this woman that I had been running with for the second half of the race.  She started to kick early so I did too and managed to finish the last mile in 8 minutes and 19 seconds.  It was such a rush!

It wasn’t until after I crossed the finish line (in 2 hours 3 minutes and 17 seconds) that it finally hit me: I had just run a half marathon!  And I loved it! :-D

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