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Seattle 1/2 Marathon

Monday, November 26, 2012

36, 456

That is how many steps I took yesterday. When I got home and saw the number I really wanted to walk around the house or jog in place to reach 40,000.

But the mean hilly 1/2 marathon earlier kept me from doing it.

The Amica Seattle !/2 Marathon was yesterday. In the cold (thankfully not wet!!) weather, I once again wondered what the hell was wrong with me. Why did I sign up for this???

The first part wasn't so bad. Some hills, some flat. I was feeling good enough that I was jogging here and there. Then the real hills came. Some were more of an incline than others, but the they just seemed like they wouldn't end.

My last 9 miles was the same last 9 miles as the marathoners. So being constantly surrounded by runners helped keep me going. The fact that I knew a good friend was doing the full marathon ending in these hills made me more resolute to not stop. I breathed hard, I cursed (not too loudly!) and I groaned. But I didn't stop.

My time wasn't a PR, like one always hopes. The fact that I didn't feel the need to stop on the hills or remind myself that I had cab money. That was huge for me.

My speed wasn't there, but my endurance has improved.

I felt good enough after I had some chocolate milk and food to change into less damp (and less stinky!) clothes to wait for my friend to finish her race. This wasn't her first, but I knew how tough the last 7 or 8 miles were going to be for her.

Standing in the cold wasn't the best idea I ever had. I had to keep reminding myself to keep moving. But I realized that I never really stick around to watch people crossing the line.

There were people crying as they crossed. Family members in tears cheering them on. I didn't know their stories. I had no clue who they were. But I teared up every time I saw it.

So here I sit the day after with aches and pains. For the first time in a long time my knee and foot don't hurt post race. Let's be clear that my legs and butt are making me groan every time I sit or stand. And my time was, frankly, crap.

And I'm completely good with all of it.

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  • MARTY728
    WOW! Congratulations! The pain will pass but the sense of accomplishment will remain!
    2032 days ago
  • SWAZY33
    PS...I love watching ppl come over that finish line too!
    2032 days ago
  • SWAZY33
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    So proud of you for finishing another emoticon
    You rock!
    2032 days ago
    WOW! You are a machine! I can't imagine doing one 1/2, let alone the hundreds you seem to have done. You're awesome friend!
    2033 days ago
    Holy Hannah, that's a lot of steps! Way to go!

    I love those sit down muscles that cry after a good workout. What an awesome accomplishment!

    2033 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Glad you were able to participate in such an event. Congratulations!
    2033 days ago
    emoticon I'm crying for your awesome finish! When I wogged in a 10K this past fall and we joined up with the marathoners, I had no idea how motiviating it would be to finish with them. I cried when I crossed the finish line. Sadly, no one was there to greet me and that hurt. One of the times no one in my family was willing to work it into their lives. Anyway, that is beside the point.

    I'm so happy for your determination to finish despite the enviornment you were dealing with - hills, cold weather, etc. That is huge!!!!

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    Proud of you girl!
    2033 days ago
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