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My 1st Half Marathon

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Well I did it! After all these months of talking about the half marathon I finally did it and now it's hard to believe that it has already passed. I have a medal to prove it though!


When I woke up early on Sunday morning it was COLD! 22 degrees to be exact and I was kind of freaking out about that. I don't like the cold and I certainly don't like running in it either but I bundled up and got going. I took a plastic coffee cup with hot tea in it to keep me warm (more on that later). It was a hectic morning trying to find all my friends and we didn't get to take any before photos except with my hubs and my friend Elizabeth.



Because it was so hectic we couldn't find where to check our bags so our friend had to hold all of our stuff. Since he was already loaded down I didn't want to ask him to hold my coffee cup too...but I also didn't want to throw it away lol. The race started at 8:00 am but because there were so many people I didn't get to cross the starting line until about 8:19. The first 3 miles I ran with my coffee cup which wasn't ideal but I felt kind of silly. One of my friends saw me on the sideline and said that I looked so relaxed out for a morning jog haha (kind of wish I had a pic of this). As soon as I saw another friend at mile 3 I dropped that off and felt much better not carrying it around.

Miles 1 through 7 went pretty well. I felt good and it was looking good. The cold wasn't bothering me as much as I thought it was so I was really pleased about that. About mile 8 things started to go downhill (as I was going uphill!). The course isn't extremely hilly but I was getting tired and every incline felt like a mountain. Mile 9 through 12 were probably the worse, I walked a lot more than I thought I would and my time slipped further and further behind. There were times when my feet were cramping so bad it hurt to walk much less to run. I kept expecting for my second wind to come but it never really did. I ran more between 12 & 13.1 than I wanted to but it was more for pride than my ability. By the time I crossed the finish line every part of my body was hurting and rebelling.

I learned some things during this race that I plan to implement in my next one.
1) Let my Garmin keep running even when I have to stop...I had a bathroom break that my Garmin didn't account for and my ending time was about 10 min different than I thought it was going to be because of it and I didn't even realize it until much later.
2) Go to the bathroom right before the race starts so I don't have to stop.
3) Only stop to pee if I think I'm going to pee in my pants, the long wait really screwed me up.
4) Check everything I don't need, no sense in carrying around extra stuff.

I'm a slow runner anyway and when I stopped for 10 min to go to the bathroom I ended up in the back with the walkers. This made it harder to motivate myself to run more because everyone around me was walking...it just made it so much easier to walk.

Overall it wasn't the best running experience I've had and I was disappointed with my time (3:25) but I am proud of myself for completing it and now I had a time to beat for next time. I know I didn't train enough this go round so I know what I need to do for next time and I will do better.


After with our medals!

Blinging out my car with my pretty rhinestone 13.1 decal!

After when I got home...says "Will Run for Cupcakes"...I still haven't gotten that dang cupcake lol.
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KIMCOLLINGS 6/14/2013 11:20AM

    That is awesome! You did a terrific job! You finished and should be so proud! I've done a 12k but that's the furthest. I've decided to try a half too. You've motivated me to finally find the one I'm going to do and just sign up for it! Way to go. Can't wait to hear about your next one!!

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RAZZBABE 4/11/2013 12:17AM

    emoticon Congrats on such an awesome accomplishment!

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BOGUSANNIE 3/9/2013 10:07PM

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Great pics too!!!!

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YOGAANDBIKE 3/9/2013 7:59PM

    I crossed the start at 18 min. I wish I could have seen and recognized you. I'll bet we passed each other several times. I ran most of the last half mile. Wasn't it grand?

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SUPERTAM 3/9/2013 7:29PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing! Love the pics!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 3/9/2013 1:16AM

    emoticon Congratulations on completing your 1st half marathon! I love how detailed you were on your blog, that will be so great for your upcoming runs. You will be able to analyze it clearly and know what to expect the next time. Hopefully you won't have as cold as temps!

NO matter what your time was - I think it is so awesome that you finished it! emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 3/8/2013 10:41AM

    Congratulations on your first half marathon! It sounds like you learned a lot, and that's exactly what the first one is for...learning what works and what doesn't. :-) And what's awesome is no matter what, it was a PR!

Good job - and just remember - you ran further than SO many other people have ever even contemplated doing!!!! And no matter the time, you were faster than those still sitting on their couches. :-)

Keep up the good work and don't forget to find a new challenge now that you've completed your first half...keep that momentum going.

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KEATYNMBERGSTEN 3/8/2013 9:49AM

    Great job! You should be so proud of yourself!

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JENBELL377 3/8/2013 9:19AM

    I don't care what your time was, the fact that you actually DID a half-marathon is amazing. I would love to do something like that someday, but I don't have the guts! emoticon

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REDRUNNER82 3/8/2013 8:26AM

    Awesome job! Congrats on your first half!!

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CERIUSLY 3/8/2013 6:41AM

    Congratulations! What a great feeling it is to reach a goal. You finished! Running or walking, doesn't really make a difference. You kept going and that's what is important. emoticon

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KATYDID412 3/7/2013 9:52PM

    You did it, that's what matters! Good for you!

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BARB4RICK 3/7/2013 9:35PM

    Great! Rick and I did one in Jan. fun and 3blisters

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JEREMY723 3/7/2013 8:50PM

    Great job, thanks for sharing the story and the photos! The 1st is the hardest I think, not knowing what the expect, etc. I can't really imagine a HM at 22 degrees to start, maybe that's why we don't do more than a random small HM in NE Ohio in winter:)

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TEMPERANCE88 3/7/2013 8:33PM

    Great job!!!

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KSCHRAUT 3/7/2013 8:22PM

    Congratulations!

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KANDOLAKER 3/7/2013 7:50PM

    Congratulations!! How awesome for you. And, we always seem to learn things that we'd do differently next time. Photos look great - thanks for sharing!

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NONIE_C 3/7/2013 7:07PM

    You did it!!!
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KMICHA 3/7/2013 6:59PM

    Yay!!! So proud of you!!! You did it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 3/7/2013 6:47PM

    Congrats on your first HM! May there be many more.

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JACKIE542 3/7/2013 6:24PM

    You did it! Good job. emoticon emoticon

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PIXIECUTE 3/7/2013 6:04PM

    Amazing and so inspiring!! CONGRATULATIONS!

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