First of all, I want to apologize…your girl has been busy! Work, life, volunteering, and running has taken. So, the blog posts have been few and far between. Instead of weekly posts, I have barely been able to squeak out something every two weeks. If for some reason you have really been missing my blog posts know that I am working on it. Hopefully, once May and June wrap up I should have some more time.
Ok, on to the real reason we are all here – I COMPLETED MY FIRST HALF MARATHON [cue the band, balloons, confetti, cheers, etc.] In the last 2 weeks of my training I really wasn’t sure if I was going to make it…see my last post for more information. However, I did my best…even with all the odds stacked against me!
First of all, I want to say that The Frederick Running Festival was super well organized. The registration pick up was easy, parking was easy, getting to the start line was easy, and everyone was super helpful. Unfortunately, they (nor anyone else) could control Mother Nature! The skies decided to open up just as the race started. But, let’s start at the beginning…
The morning of race day I had to be up super early. The official start time was 7:00 am. However, I had to have breakfast, get dressed, use the bathroom, and get to the starting location before they closed the roads. That means I was up about 4:15 am and was at the venue around 6:00 am. Luckily, I had some friends running as well so we met up and killed some time together.
It had been sprinkling rain all morning, but everything still looked ok. As we made our way to the start line the weather drastically changed…it became a complete downpour. Everyone was trying to find some cover, but there was really no use. Before the half marathon was done we were going to be completely soaked no matter what!
At about 6:59 am everyone decided it was a good idea to go to the start line. However, there was a literal lake that had formed and we had to walk through it. From the start, my feet were soaking wet. I had planned for slightly wet feet by coating them in Vaseline. Unfortunately, no amount of Vaseline would have prepared my feet for this.
Once we got running, the rain let up a little bit and you were able to enjoy the first few miles. It was a friendly, fun atmosphere. Even with the weather, people were out cheering us on and giving out high fives – I was feeling great.
However, around mile 5 the heavens decided to open up again. I have never run in the rain that hard. It was bit ridiculous…but all of us crazies (I mean the well trained and determined runners!) just keep on going.
I ran past a friend about mile 6 which made it a little better…and I got to see my parents about mile 9 which was great! Just knowing they were there cheering me on helped me soooo much mentally!
Then, there were the last 3 miles. During the last stretch, the hard rain came back…and it was all uphill. At this point, my feet hurt and I was 100% over this whole half marathon thing. Luckily, this thought happened far enough into the race I didn’t really see the point in stopping. Crossing the finish line was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I was wet, I was gross, I was tired, my legs and feet hurt…but you know what? I FREAKING DID IT!
I would have never have been able to do that race 3 years ago…I really wouldn’t have even wanted the challenge if I was being honest. Was it the fastest I have ever run? NO! But, I went into that half marathon just hoping to finish the darn thing and I DID!
Will I ever run a half marathon again…I don’t think so. Or at least wait and ask that question once my whole body stops hurting! 🙂
Over this past year, I have learned through my running journey that I actually like running! But, I have a sweet spot of about 10K…and you know what? I am good with that! I plan to keep running just for the cardio workout. But, for the foreseeable future, I think I will just stick with a couple miles at a time. I will put the 10+ miles on the back burner for a little bit 🙂