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First Half Marathon

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Yesterday I did the Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon. It was chilly in the morning, but ended up being perfect when I started running (i like running in tank tops versus long sleeves). I got there very early so I could park (the marathon started at 8. Half started at 9:45. I got there at 7). My mom and her boyfriend were there around 7:15, so we walked to watch the start of the marathon and then walked to the harbor where the half was starting. I was nervous considering that I ran once to twice during the month of August and September. Plus, the longest distance I have run was 8 miles. What's an extra 5, right?? lol. There were 13,000 people participating in the half marathon. It was awesome. I finished the first 10k in 1:20, which is only 3 minutes slower than my actual 10k record (which is weird because there were hills and I was trying to run slow). The second half of the race was kind of rough. Once I hit the 8 mile mark my legs were struggling to carry me. I walked when I needed to and tried jogging when I could. It was the most difficult finish I've had, but I still sprinted at the end. I passed a lady right at the end. I beat her time by fractions of a second:) That's my favorite part of races lol. Crushing dreams at the finish line lol. I finished in 3:11:27. My goal was 3:30, so I was happy with that. The winner did it in 1:11. THe slowest person was 4:53. Now I was kind of sad to see that I was in the bottom 10%, but 3,000 people didn't finish and millions didn't sign up. Plus, 6 months ago I was only able to walk around the track for a half hour and was 65 lbs heavier! I feel like I've come so far and will only get better. I heard that the whole running festival had people from all 50 states and 23 different countries. 8 of the top 12 finishers for the marathon were from Kenya. They were crazy fast! Here are pics from my weekend.

(Jacked up on energy gummies at 7:30 am lol)

(Awkward running faces... cuz that's what I do lol)

(You are about to be passed....)
(Ruined your day lol)

I heard that if you do the MD Double you get a special crab medal. It is the Frederick Half Marathon on May 5th and the Baltimore Running Festival Half marathon October 12th of next year. I am signing up now! You also get a discount on the registrations ($130 total... the Baltimore race was $90 by itself!). I am super excited. My little brother might run it too. I need to get serious about training consistently and I want to improve my time. The average for the half was 2:17. My other friend did it in 1:51. I would love to be that fast. I've seen how much is possible in 6 months, so I am hopeful.

Here are some pictures from my birthday this weekend.

Sharing my edible arrangement from my parents.

My bf got me a lot of rebok running clothes from Dick's. The pink pull over that I wore in the half marathon pics was new that he got me. I LOVE running clothes:) I am ready to try them out outside. The last time I ran consistently outside was in July, so I am getting used to colder weather. So far I am enjoying it.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RUNNER_TIFF_07 10/17/2012 2:55PM

    GREAT JOB!! So proud of you :)


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CLPURNELL 10/17/2012 6:59AM

    Totally awesome job!!!! You did GREAT!!!!!

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MJ7DM33 10/15/2012 5:34PM

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LYNSEY723 10/15/2012 1:23PM

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LMULLINS4LIFE 10/15/2012 12:30AM

    So awesome! Gee, wonder where you got the craving for those gummies? Haha. THE BEST!

This was so fun to read, but just made me REALLLLY nervous about the distance. YIKES! Thank you, though, because I'd decided not to run at all this week (to get my knee and ankle as rested up as possible for next week's race) BUT my company drafted ME to be in charge of the Kuali Days running group. Well, I've gone back and forth all day. The first run is tomorrow morning at 6am. But, after reading your description of the race after Mile 8 (because you know I've only ever run 7), I have decided to definitely NOT run with the group. I will meet them down there and I will give them a nice send-off. And then I will go swim laps in the pool. :)

So fuc*king proud of you.

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JANTWO 10/15/2012 12:21AM

    Way to go!!!! That is SO AWESOME!!!! You look so beautiful!!!! Be proud of what you accomplished!!!! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/14/2012 11:41PM

    So great what you've accomplished! My first and only so far half time was 3:30. So you beat me, too! I will improve my time next time around.

Great job on everything! Happy you acre enjoying your runner lifestyle!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/14/2012 10:28PM

    You are so dang cute!
I love all the pics...Miss you, girlie!

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HEIDI-25 10/14/2012 8:38PM

    Congratulations on running and finishing your half marathon!! Happy birthday too!

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 10/14/2012 8:00PM

    Congrats on your first 1/2!

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ON2VICTORY 10/14/2012 7:20PM

    wow, that is quite a RAWKin medal you got... nice time... you are faster than me :)

way to kill it at the finish.... U R the DOMINATOR!! wtg! :)

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RBETYOURASS 10/14/2012 6:49PM

    Congrats on your first HM chick!
You did an amazing job and look fabulous!
Happy Birthday too BTW!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/14/2012 6:24PM

    You did awesome, congratulations! LOVE Edible Arrangements, Happy Birthday!

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ONMYMEDS 10/14/2012 6:10PM

    Congrats on your first HM. emoticon

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 10/14/2012 5:58PM

    AWESOME!! You look so happy!

Happy Birthday!

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WILSONWR 10/14/2012 5:49PM

    Wow a birthday and you completed a half-marathon. Way to go!!!

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