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Seattle 1/2 Marathon


Monday, November 26, 2012

36, 456

That is how many steps I took yesterday. When I got home and saw the number I really wanted to walk around the house or jog in place to reach 40,000.

But the mean hilly 1/2 marathon earlier kept me from doing it.

The Amica Seattle !/2 Marathon was yesterday. In the cold (thankfully not wet!!) weather, I once again wondered what the hell was wrong with me. Why did I sign up for this???

The first part wasn't so bad. Some hills, some flat. I was feeling good enough that I was jogging here and there. Then the real hills came. Some were more of an incline than others, but the they just seemed like they wouldn't end.

My last 9 miles was the same last 9 miles as the marathoners. So being constantly surrounded by runners helped keep me going. The fact that I knew a good friend was doing the full marathon ending in these hills made me more resolute to not stop. I breathed hard, I cursed (not too loudly!) and I groaned. But I didn't stop.

My time wasn't a PR, like one always hopes. The fact that I didn't feel the need to stop on the hills or remind myself that I had cab money. That was huge for me.

My speed wasn't there, but my endurance has improved.

I felt good enough after I had some chocolate milk and food to change into less damp (and less stinky!) clothes to wait for my friend to finish her race. This wasn't her first, but I knew how tough the last 7 or 8 miles were going to be for her.

Standing in the cold wasn't the best idea I ever had. I had to keep reminding myself to keep moving. But I realized that I never really stick around to watch people crossing the line.

There were people crying as they crossed. Family members in tears cheering them on. I didn't know their stories. I had no clue who they were. But I teared up every time I saw it.

So here I sit the day after with aches and pains. For the first time in a long time my knee and foot don't hurt post race. Let's be clear that my legs and butt are making me groan every time I sit or stand. And my time was, frankly, crap.

And I'm completely good with all of it.

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KARENLEIGH32 11/29/2012 5:20PM

    I would not worry about the time, you made it! You finished the marathon, you should be so proud of each ache you have cuz you certainly earned it!

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ALLYSONRW 11/27/2012 10:01AM

    Congratulations! It's a challenge for me just training for my first 5K let alone a half marathon. And those hills, oh yes, I know those hills and you still kept going! As always, you're an inspiration to all of us!

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LOVESHER2BOYS 11/26/2012 6:56PM

    Congratulations! I finished my first 1/2 last June at the San Diego Rock n Roll.... It was an ugly finish but I finished!! My time was crap but I have never felt so elated in all of my life. I'm planning doing it again next June. I loved your comment about the people crying as they finished... I could relate to that. Very moving emotionally and so inspiring. It made me recall helping a marathoner who had finished and he dropped his water bottle. He could barely walk...He also could not bend over (he was so sore) to pick it up so I did (very slowly as I was sore as well)... There is a huge sense of camaraderie at the finish. Very inspiring.

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CBAILEYC 11/26/2012 3:47PM

    Congrats! Walking, running.. it's all good. Finishing upright - now that's what it's all about!
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ANGELLEE94 11/26/2012 2:20PM

    yeah baby! That's awesome! Next year I will be right there with ya!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 11/26/2012 1:49PM

    Congrats!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 11/26/2012 1:43PM

    You make me dream of a 1/2 someday...

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LMH1223 11/26/2012 1:00PM

    Way to go!!! I think it's fantastic you did it!! Get some rest today!

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BEARGODDESS 11/26/2012 12:09PM

    Congratulations for DOING IT!! You're amazing for making it through it! I hope the muscle aches ease up for you!

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