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 fiancÚ 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!
WOW! What an amazing story! You are such an inspiration and I really REALLY needed to read this this morning! I weigh more than you and hope to be able to start running when I loose 50# and I've lost 17. My goal is to be able to run a 5k before the end of this year. Thank you for sharing! There is not telling how many people you've inspired that didnt comment. Blessings on your journey! Kim 1306 days ago
You should be so proud of yourself for even taking the risk and then finishing as well! Wow! I am older and heavier but I guess this pushes me over the "sign up to walk a 5k fear I had." I bet you have no idea how many people's lives you changed by your accomplishment. Thank you so much for being you and sharing with us! 1307 days ago
You are stinking amazing!! I was looking for a motivating story to read today and your blog was definitely it!! I just can't believe at 265 you could run 13.1 miles! You totally inspire me! I am 54...so considerably older than you for sure, but I too weigh 265. Running is on my wish list. I have artificial knees, but the doctor told me I could do anything I want with them. He said running was fine, but I just haven't had the courage to give it a try at my weight. You have totally changed my mind. I walk almost every day but never dawned on me to try running yet. You were very fortunate to have someone to train with. I just have to commend on doing something I didn't even believe was possible!! You go girl!! I can't wait to hear about your next one!
Girl hats off to you. I smiled reading this because it is no easy feat. I don't know you, but I am so proud of you. Keep this feeling with you and let it be your proof that you can do anything, cuz you can. Yay!! 1307 days ago
how awesome! This is inspiration for me! I am now 247 and i have been training for a 5K for april 20th but i am way off course with the training but i still have a little less than a month to get back on it. I can only run about 1/2 mile and i was training for 2 months just to get there. I'm not sure why it is so hard to do it. But this inspires me that I can do it and it is all in my head. My uncle is going to run it with me and as well as my chiroprator since its her race anyways. im now getting excited about it again! thanks! 1307 days ago
My hat goes off to you. I finished my first half marathon when I was 51 and weighed 160lbs and it was hard enough that I said I would never do it again but I didn't train the way I should have. Two years later I had several friends walking again and they tried to get me to do it also. Money was tight so I said no. Race day come and one of my friends had a broke ankle and couldn't race so they ask me to take her place. I had not trained or even been walking very much but they all said just do what you can, just stop when you get tired. Well to make a long story short, once I started I refused to stop. I finished at 4hr and 17min which was better than my first race but could hardly walk when it was over. Moral of the story DON'T try walking a half marathon without training for it. I lost 4 toenails and could hardly move for a week. It has been another 2 years and I am going to start training for my next half marathon this fall. I had a total knee replacement 1 year ago and I am determined to finish another one. 1307 days ago
That is awesome! How cool for you. I am so inspired. I can't run because of problems with my knees, but I have tried to run in the past and it is no easy feat. (Nor easy on the feet.) Seriously great!! 1307 days ago
I am so proud of you! I am also very inspired. I have always dreamed of doing a marathon. But, the farthest I have walked is 5 K. 3.1 miles. I did a half jog/half walk. I finished two 5 K's. Then I broke my pelvis in two places. i thought that would put an end to my walking. But, in the past year, I have been walking 1.2 miles, but only two or three days per week. I read a fitness article last night. It was saying that to at least be in the "poor" fitness category, you had to be able to walk a mile in at least 19 minutes. So far, I had only done a mile in 21 or 22 minutes. So I got mad and went out and walked today as fast as I could. I made the mile in 17 minutes and 45 seconds. Then I tried to find a place to blog and your blog is the first thing that came up! You are so awesome! I am rooting for you in the next half marathon! 1307 days ago
QTEALADY20031 ! WOW....my hat is off to you. YOU did great!!!! What an inspiration you are. I am 70 years old and working on a 5 K ....maybe you give me hope!!! Enjoy this fantastic accomplishment!! June 1307 days ago