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I achieved my 2013 goal: I ran a Half Marathon!!! (with pictures)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I still can't believe that I did it! I'm very proud of myself and I have worked very hard!

I ran my first HM on Mother's Day!

I coach JV volley ball at my school (the season is in the middle of my HM training), I work a full time job and then I go home to a husband and two toddlers! I did it and anybody can find the time to do it!

I used the book by Jon Ackland. I chose the beginner training so it was only 3 runs a week (very do-able) and it's by minutes and not miles or kilometres. You go your own pace. I missed a few runs the last weeks because of volley ball season. The week before the HM, I had to do 3 short runs and only managed to do 1 because I was fighting a chest cold so I wanted to relax my tired body and my kids had the stomach flu and I barely slept for two nights before the race.

I was really nervous the weeks leading to the race. I was nervous about pace and time. I wanted a really good finish time. The morning of the race, I was not nervous at all. While I was running, I told myself, the time does not matter - doing the race and finishing the race is what matters! I'm a full time working mom and I am able to run a HM!! That's what matters.

Twenty minutes into the race, I had to stop to pee!! I couldn't concentrate! I barely walked. I walked at the halfway mark to take my energy gel and walked to the water station for gatorade and I continued. At around 16K I walked for a few minutes and my legs felt like cement. I had to push myself to continue and I knew I would finish!

The volunteers and people cheering along the way was the most amazing part! It was such a great experience to run a race with 1500 participants!! more than 500 did the HM!

My goal was not to be last in my age category. I got 120/135 in the 30-39 age category.

I finished with 2:33 and a few seconds. That was 3 minutes over my max time. Then I remembered today when talking about my experience with my students that I had stopped for bathroom break!

I can only get better!! I will keep on running! It was an amazing experience and a great Mother's Day!

Me some people for my hometown running the HM.

With my kids at the fnish line

With our medals!

My first medal!

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