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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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    I would not worry about the time, you made it! You finished the marathon, you should be so proud of each ache you have cuz you certainly earned it!
    1974 days ago
    Congratulations! It's a challenge for me just training for my first 5K let alone a half marathon. And those hills, oh yes, I know those hills and you still kept going! As always, you're an inspiration to all of us!


    1976 days ago
    Congratulations! I finished my first 1/2 last June at the San Diego Rock n Roll.... It was an ugly finish but I finished!! My time was crap but I have never felt so elated in all of my life. I'm planning doing it again next June. I loved your comment about the people crying as they finished... I could relate to that. Very moving emotionally and so inspiring. It made me recall helping a marathoner who had finished and he dropped his water bottle. He could barely walk...He also could not bend over (he was so sore) to pick it up so I did (very slowly as I was sore as well)... There is a huge sense of camaraderie at the finish. Very inspiring.
    1976 days ago
    Congrats! Walking, running.. it's all good. Finishing upright - now that's what it's all about!
    1977 days ago
    yeah baby! That's awesome! Next year I will be right there with ya!
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  • OPTIMIST1948
    You make me dream of a 1/2 someday...
    1977 days ago
  • LMH1223
    Way to go!!! I think it's fantastic you did it!! Get some rest today!
    1977 days ago
    Congratulations for DOING IT!! You're amazing for making it through it! I hope the muscle aches ease up for you!

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