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My First Half Marathon!


Sunday, September 22, 2013



There we are. My ever supportive DH and me. He has seen me progress from my first 5km in 2009 (at 148 pounds) to my first half marathon (at 120 pounds). At the end of the race he said, "your body has certainly changed since your first race!!"

In spite of my IT band giving me a bit of trouble this last week, I managed quite well. I've learned that if I concentrate on relaxing my shoulder it somehow helps release the tension I feel in my knee. I knew to start at a slow pace as that would enable to keep going the entire distance without pain at the end. It worked!!

When I hit the 10 mile mark I knew that I could just go for it, and I did. It was amazing what a mental boost it was to think: "this is the same as a 5km race. I can do that!!" and just let my body take over.

The weather was overcast and cool, just perfect for running, and the course was fairly flat. There was a steep incline just before entering the race track, which was not ideal at the end of a race, but I managed. I ran the whole distance averaging about 9.30 mins per mile, with a final burst of energy at the end. My last three miles were all under 9 mins per mile. I passed the finish line just at just over 2 hours, which was what I was hoping for. I'll get the official time later today, but I think it will be 2:01 or 2:02.

IT band is sore now, so sitting on the couch resting it. The rest of me feels great!! Give me a few weeks and I'll be ready for the next one!! The training for this has been long (nearly 7 months) so I'm extra relieved that it went well, and very happy.

Thanks for all the support!
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COFFEELS 11/8/2013 11:57AM

    Congratulations on finishing your first half marathon!!! That is a great time!!! emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 11/7/2013 4:49PM

    Congrats!!!
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ONMYMEDS 11/7/2013 8:43AM

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MWWENSIN 9/23/2013 4:23PM

    Great job. Really great tine.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/23/2013 4:04PM

    Great time!

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MIRAGE727 9/23/2013 3:58PM

    You never forget your first Half! Outstanding time!
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JOANNA202 9/23/2013 10:26AM

    Congratulations!! That's an amazing achievement! You should be so proud of yourself and all your careful hard work. I hope your IT band recovers soon (though it definitely deserves a rest now).

Do you have another race booked in a few weeks, or is that just a comment on when you could practically do one?

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LALMEIDA 9/22/2013 9:58PM

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MOBYCARP 9/22/2013 9:03PM

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I need to hear stuff like this as I work on foot rehab with an eventual goal of running a half marathon. Run slower, they all say. I need to work on that, and it helps to read a testimonial of how it benefits others.

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GWINNER1 9/22/2013 5:40PM

    emoticon on doing such an outstanding job on your first half marathon! You rock! I am just getting used to doing 5ks and a half marathon seems rather daunting at this point. But I'm sure I can work up to it. Keep on doing a great job. You have accomplished much!!!

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OWL_20 9/22/2013 4:54PM

    emoticon on your first 1/2 marathon! It's something I'm planning on doing next year. How did your training go?

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COOP9002 9/22/2013 2:53PM

    Awesome job & excellent time. You should be sor proud of your accomplishment.

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GEMLADYONE 9/22/2013 2:52PM

    Congrats on your first HM! I'm totally impressed. emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 9/22/2013 2:08PM

    Congratulations on first HM! What a wonderful achievement and its great that you have somebody to help & support you. Stretch that IT band! Figure 4 stretches and pigeon pose work well for me.

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AFERARI 9/22/2013 1:53PM

    Great job on the HM and on the fast time! Super impressed!

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KRISZTA11 9/22/2013 12:38PM

    Congrats to your first Half Marathon!
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You ran a great time.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 9/22/2013 12:05PM

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