Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I ran my first half marathon on May 29th. There were almost 9,000 runners! It was a very, very humid day. The heat definitely affected my running, but my goal was to FINISH. I wasn't worried about my time.
Since it was hot, I made sure to stop at every single water stop. When the race got hard, I kept telling myself to enjoy the race. I will never have another first HM so I wanted to just take it all in. There were people along the route cheering us on. I saw some encouraging signs & some funny ones as well.
As I passed mile 10, I started to get emotional. 10 miles was the furthest that I had ever ran so this was a milestone for me. Then when they told us we had one more mile left, I started to tear up again. I was almost there. I had my cheering squad (aka loved ones) waiting for me at the finish line.
Once I got to the bridge where we started, the finish line seemed so far away. But, there were still people on the sidelines cheering and clapping. I kept looking around for my loved ones & then I saw them. They were screaming and clapping for me. It felt so good.
I DID IT!!!!! It took me a while, but I made sure I crossed that finish line. I didn't care if I had to crawl past it...I was going to finish.
I have a smile on my face because I notice the shirts that my Godson & nephew had on. They made shirts to support me! How cute!
My beautiful Godchildren! AJ & Gianni!
Next on the agenda is to find another race to run in :)