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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!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 7/8/2013 6:39PM

    Better late than never right? Congrats on the HM!!!!! What an accomplishment. Thanks for sharing:)

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WATCHMEGO2 5/15/2013 8:34AM

    Good job Vic! I knew you would totally rock it!

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L1ZB3TH354 5/15/2013 8:21AM

    That is so awesome! emoticon

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ROCKYRD1 5/15/2013 1:14AM

    Well done - You should be so proud - Hope your feet held up well. HM's can be quite hard on the toes emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NYARAMULA 5/15/2013 1:06AM

    Awesome! You really should be proud.

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FITBIZZZ 5/14/2013 7:13PM

    Great job! So inspiring. I'm so excited for you!!!

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FITFOODIE806 5/14/2013 4:05PM

    Congrats!!!! This totally made me tear up. I am so so happy for you. It took a ton of dedication and hard work and YOU DID IT!! I hope you're on a HM high for days :)

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LOVESTHEBEACH83 5/14/2013 2:39PM

    Awesome job!!! I ran my first HM in February and am looking forward to running another one soon! Great job on your finish time! emoticon emoticon

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