I've been training for my first half marathon for 3 months now. It WAS scheduled for May 5th...the Heels and Hills, it's focused on women, and is taking place in Las Colinas, TX. WELL...this past Sunday was the Dallas Rock & Roll Half Marathon. I had planned to go cheer on several of my friends that were running it. On Thursday night a friend and her fiancé called me to say they've decided to not run it since it was going to be so cold (35 degrees with 20 to 30 mph winds). They wanted to know if i wanted their bibs...i asked my training friend and we both said yes! At this point we've only trained for up to 10 miles. BUT a friend of mine who does these all the time told me that if i can do 10 i can do the half. He went on to say that the last 3.1 miles is all in your head...it's a mental game. So we went for it! AND...
I prepared all of my stuff the night before and woke up at 3am to get ready to leave.
It was soooo cold! I think it was about 33 degrees and that did NOT factor in the 20 to 30 mph winds. We huddled to stay warm until the building was opened up or, maybe people just broke into the building...
I will say this...i am so thankful that i have been on top of my training. And not to say anything against anyone else's experiences, but this was pretty smooth. After about mile 9 was i was getting tired. Up to this point we were averaging a 16mph pace. After mile 9 i slowed down a bit but i kept on going. All i thought about after mile 9 was that it was an easy 4 miler. 4 miles are the easy walks during the week...that was my pep talk to myself. After mile 10 i thought, "All i have left is a 5k." 5k's are easy!" After mile 11 i thought, "just 2 miles and i'm done." After mile 12 i thought, "I'm a half marathon finisher!"
I finished in 3:43:44. This was a 17:02mph pace. I knew i slowed down those last 4 miles. But today i'm at work and i'm walking around just fine. Lots of stretching, conditioning and training helped me get to this point. I'm 265lbs and i completed my first half marathon! and i feel great!!!!
My next half marathon is my original sign up - May 5th!
Congrats from another plus size endurance athlete! You are more awesome than you will ever know. Just keep one foot in front of the other and each of these half marathons will just keep adding up =) They are addicting though I will warn you...hehehehee. I have 22 under my belt and am at 250 lbs. YOU ARE AWESOME!!! 1628 days ago
That's so awesome! Good for you! I signed up for my first one in August but have had to stop training altogether because of an injury. I hope I can get back in it with the gusto you seem to have, even for a race that wasn't supposed to be yours! 1634 days ago
What an inspiration you are! I am so impressed with your determination, effort, and success! Where you ran is where I'm from (ok, Dallas -- Oak Cliff -- but I've been away now for almost 20 years)!! I wish you the best of success on your weight management journey!
In the meantime, "ten mucho cuidado" means "take good care"!! All the best!! sincerely, Riisa 1638 days ago
This just inspired me more! I've done many 5k races and a 10k race. I've been considering doing a half marathon but hesitant, reading your blog gave me the kick in the behind that I needed. Thanks for sharing, you are a great inspiration!
I saw this blog and had to read it... you see I'm 301lbs.. and my trainer wants me to run a mile... A FREAKING MILE... and I am so afraid... in my mind I think he doesn' t know how it is to be this large and try to run. the stress it puts on your body.. blah blah blah.. so the fact that you ran a HALF marathon .. well, it just inspires this 51 year old lady! Congratulations!! (PS I'm friending you and signing up for your blog!) 1638 days ago
Congratulations! Crossing that finish line is an amazing feeling that will stay with you forever!! At least I hope it will - you have accomplished something amazing!
A word of caution about bib-swapping! Many (most) races consider that a serious "no-no" because it messes with the stats and some will disqualify you and the original bib owner from future runs if it is discovered. Just something to keep in mind for the future!!
Wishing you many more runs in the future!!! job!! 1638 days ago
This is just what I needed to read this AM. I'm 270 and on my 2nd week of Couch to 5k. I really needed this boost and am glad that I can think of you and how you have proven that you can be fit at any size.
Thanks so much for sharing your inspirational blog! You have proven that when you set your mind to something, even when the goal may seem a little out of reach, and then achieve that goal, you are a winner! A true winner! Congratulations!
May you have a truly blessed Easter! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
you are inspiration! I am at 265 and I thought I had to be "something" to even think of being in a marathoner! But after reading your story. I thought of the March of Dimes walks I 'd taken part of years ago. My training was slow in the beining than building up to longer distances as the day came closer.
Thank you for triggering that image and Congrats on the WIN!!!!