That time I ran 13.1 Miles

Oh hey there internet…it’s been awhile! So long in fact, that I’ve actually already run my race. Crazy I know! But I did it. And what else am I supposed to do than chronicle my experience and tell everyone about it.

It was nerve wracking. I felt anxious and excited. I didn’t know what to expect, as this was my very first race. But it was an amazing first race experience. We were loaded into our corrals, and it honestly felt like we were cattle being herded. Race started at 8, but I didn’t start until around 8:20 or so. Aka I was in the last corral to start since I run probably about as fast as paint dries. Just kidding, but I do run fairly slow – and I honestly don’t really care. I’m still running.

Anyway – I definitely started too fast. My adrenaline was pumping and most of the people around me at that point were walkers so it was a little difficult to find my rhythm. Good news I didn’t really start to slow down until around half way through. But that’s when I really was not enjoying myself. It was hot. At least 20 degrees warmer than any of my training runs, and I was not having any of it. Honestly, there’s a part of me that just wanted to quit the entire time and never make it to the finish line. Thank goodness I kept going.

After a minor freak out where I started to panic because I felt dizzy (don’t worry this passed and I was able to get through it totally fine), I realized that I was more than half way and that I was going to finish the race. There were two moments where I 100% knew I would finish the race:

  • when there was only a 5k left
  • when there was less than a mile left

Running that last .1 miles was probably my favorite part of the race. My body hurt, but I ran as fast as I could and had the biggest smile on my face. The best part – I DID IT!!!!

I’ve accomplished a fitness goal that I never in a million years thought possible. I did it, and honestly, I’ll probably do it again. I want to improve my time (feel free to call me crazy at any time). It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it. Before finishing up this post, I want to share some wisdom that someone shared with me the night before the race:

“The first 5 miles are physical. The second 5 miles are mental. The last 3.1 miles are all heart.”

After running my half I can whole-heartedly say that this statement is completely true.

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