My first half marathon
Monday, January 30, 2012
I have a good reason for missing my Friday check-in... I was in the Happiest Place On Earth (AKA Disneyland).
Last year I signed up for my first half marathon. It sounded like a great idea at the time... and a lot of fun too. I mean, I'd get to run in a big circle in Disneyland?!
So fast forward to this past weekend, and the half marathon that I'd signed up for. I talked it over with my doctor (who runs marathons) since I hadn't been able to train for over a month because of my cracked rib and concussion. She gave me the green light. My husband looked at me with trepidation, but said he'd support me. And my coworkers thought I was crazy but cheered me on. Since the tickets and registration were all paid for already, I went.
I completed the Inaugural 2012 Tinkerbell Half Marathon in 3 hours 14 minutes and 38 seconds. And I got a shiny finisher's medal too!
The first three miles weren't bad: Just your typical 5k... except it was in DISNEYLAND! I got to go into the employee area that DH and I had always tried to figure out how to get into without becoming Disney employees. That part was pretty awesome. Oh! And I got to run through the castle, and the Lost Boys were riding the carousel and teasing runners... So fun!
Mile 5 was hard, but I'm not sure why. It was definitely more mental than anything else at that point. I think I overheard someone else complaining about the distance and it sunk in. But just before that were the Red Hat Society Ladies who were completely AWESOME! So full of energy with high fives and everything!
Mile 7 was really fun with a marching band and cheerleaders. And there were flag twirlers too! It definitely put a pep in my step.
Mile 9 definitely started to hurt. My foot was hurting. I started following this one runner who had a timer set for minute intervals.
Mile 11 I passed by our hotel and waved at my husband. He had a sign that said "Rule #1: Cardio!" My legs were really unhappy with me at that point. I was hurting so bad that the thought of trying to jog any more made me want to cry. I'm pretty sure the runner with the minute interval timer thought I was stalking her at this point, but her timer was the only thing that kept me TRYING to jog.
Then it was through California Adventure to the finish line. Just before Mile 13 some Pirates said "You're halfway there! What, you didn't know this was a full?!?" LOL
The pain I'm in today is soooo worth it - especially since I get to check an item off my 2012 list of goals! Woo hoo!!! Happy dance!! Owww... wait, I can't dance yet. Something about everything from the mid rib cage down to the knees hurting makes it difficult to dance. OK, I'll happy dance later. In the mean time, I'll sit back, drink some tea and admire my shiny medal, pretty racing tee, and awesome half marathon bib!