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My first 13.1 miles

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Well I did it. On Sunday October 19, 2008 I ran (okay jogged) my first half marathon.
The weather was freezing . 32 degrees to be exact at the start and unfortunately not much better at the finish line. I had never run in the cold as I much prefer to run inside on the treadmill.
Ipod players are prohibited even though I saw several people wearing them. I ALWAYS wear my ipod when I run so this made it a little harder as I didn't have my favorite songs pushing me on.
I had a smaller race the week before in Florida while I was on vacation and with the heat and humidity, my poor feet suffered several blisters.
With all of this being said, I still did it!!!
My time was not great. I finished in 2:26:57 which is a pace of 11:14/mile. But I am still very proud of myself. I just started running again this spring and even though I had tried running in the past (about 10 years ago), I was never serious about it. My running first started as a way to help me in my weight loss journey. I figured I could burn more calories running on the treadmill verses walking. emoticon I slowly built up my endurance and attempted my first 5K in June and I loved it. There is almost no greater feeing than when you cross that finish line. I ran two other 5K's (improving my time with each race) before I attempted an 8K in September. My final race before the 1/2 marathon was a 15K earlier this month (this was my nemesis race with the blistering as mentioned above).
I would have NEVER thought I would be running races. I am still one of those people that think I am dying in the first mile..... well I guess I am stronger than I ever thought possible. Who knows maybe I will try the full marathon next year.
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    You are definitely my "she-ro"! emoticon
    3795 days ago
    Congratulations on the marathon! You are amazing girl! I am so impressed with your accomplishments. You truly inspire me!

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    3796 days ago
    Congratulations on finishing the half-marathon!!

    I ran also, and it was my first race ever. I had no idea it could be so much fun! With all the people and excitement, it went by fast.

    Have you seen your photos from the Marathon Photo site?

    3800 days ago
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