The Half-Marathon :)
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Well, I did it! I ran the Eugene Half- Marathon on Sunday, May 2nd. I finished in 2:08:38 by my watch subtracting my two bathroom breaks...and 2:16 by the official chip time. It was pretty insane! There was 8,000 runners which was pretty intimidating for me. But I stayed focused and just kept pushing forward.
My average mile time was 9:49 which was 19 seconds faster a mile than my 11 mile run. I do think I pushed myself a bit too hard as I have been kind of a mess since then! I have been too exhausted to even think about posting this blog until today. I did great until about mile 8, when I started to feel kind of nauseous and started struggling with keeping my pace even. I think that my body was not happy with me drinking water at every station. I am used to drinking water before my run, in the middle, and at the end. So I did not handle that very well.
My hips started hurting around mile 11 but I kept telling myself only two more to go!! My awesome cheer team, my husband, mom, and two friends were a great support! I saw them 4 times, at mile 3, 7, 9, and right before the finish line!! It was pretty awesome to run into Hayward Field, which is the famous track field here in Eugene. I am proud of myself for accomplishing this however I don't think I will do it again... I really enjoy running 3-6 miles but over that, I start to lose my passion and enjoyment for running. So from now on I'll stick to 5k's and 10k's to take care of the racing bug :)
Thanks for all the support from my Spark friends and the half-marathon team!! Now its time to get back to some weight loss!