Sunday, April 15, 2012
So yesterday I did my second half marathon. It's my first since my hip surgery so I was somewhat worried that I would not be able to get through it. I have been training hard weekly since January 15th but there were many challenging moments during the training. At some point one of the girls in my running group suggested I run with her doing intervals. We did 4 min run 1 min walk intervals. I could feel myself getting better, stronger, and faster as the weeks went on. The race was fun. It wasn't to hilly like our training area. For those who live and run in FORT MILL, SC they know how hilly it is there. I started off slow with my intervals running with my running buddy. The first huge hill didn't come till around the end of mile 6. I knew it was coming because we kept running down hill for so long that we decided to run the whole down hill and then walk the uphill when it came up. I ended up running both.
It was hard. After that my running buddy encouraged me to go on without her. She felt that she was holding me back and encouraged me to do my personal best not hers. I didn't want to leave her and it took her another mile before she finally convinced me that I must go on without her. So I did
I felt kinda bad since she was the one who helped and encouraged me to train for the half and not limit myself. I'm happy though that she was not being selfish. I ran the rest of the way on my own. I did my 4/1 intervals and at mile 11.5 I took an extra 1 minute brake. Then from there I ran the whole thing without stopping. I took it slow but ran as hard as I could. I felt great in some ways but sore in other ways. I made it to the finish line. 2:38:11
I was so proud of myself and at the same time sad that I didn't make it in with my mentor. So my first half pre-surgery I ran the whole thing with only one pee-pee break and came in at 2:28 min. My post-surgery was 2:38 min. GREAT! If I must say so myself. I started to get teary eyed as I was coming in to the finish line. I remember having that walker and being in such agonizing pain and only caring about the fact that I would never be able to run again. Now I did it. I ran a half. I broke through all the barriers and did not limit myself. It wasn't easy. It took alot of training, courage, and determination. BUT I DID NOT GIVE UP!