My First Half Marathon – Recap
March 4, 2012 § 28 Comments
I ran a half marathon this morning everybody!!!
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!