Well, well, well, what do we have here?? I’m a mother effin half marathoner!!
How many miles? I ran 13.1 miles in 2 hours, 30 minutes, and 24 seconds — a full 30 minutes faster than I had in mind for myself. I give most of the credit to the guy I ran it with — he was the most positive, fun human being I could have had next to me. When I absolutely thought I was going to die in that last mile, he kept me going. My knee was about to give out, but he kept me motivated, and kept telling me that he wasn’t going to leave me. And we finished. We actually freaking finished. On the left, about twenty minutes before we started, and on the right, about twenty minutes after.
How do I feel? Two days later, I am still pretty sore. My entire body aches, but mostly my quads and my right knee. My right knee started to hurt right at mile 8, and just started to get worse from there. It’s still pretty swollen, but I am healing it by trying to stay off it.
How was the course? The course was pretty flat — minus the giant steep ass damn bridge that was at mile 2.5 and 10.5 — I mean how evil to throw a bridge in there right at the beginning and right at the end. Thanks to my training, I was able to fend off water stations until mile 7, so that didn’t slow us down too much. At the very end, the 2.5 hour pacer caught up to us, and he was also pretty damn encouraging. It also started raining right at the beginning of the incline up the bridge, which I’m sure helped us to keep running up it. On the way back, we definitely walked it, though.
All in all, I am pretty damn proud of myself — for not only finishing the training, but for actually going through with finishing the race. The people who ran this race were incredibly organized — the course was well marked, and it started right at 7. They also had beer and pizza at the end, so double thumbs up in my book. IF (and that’s a giant if) I do another one, I would really like to run another one of their races.
To celebrate, B and I are running the Color Run this weekend in Bham — that’s if I can walk by then. Thanks for following along with me on my journey to become a half marathoner!