Welp, I finally got to run “an official” half marathon yesterday. I ran the 3M Half in 2:05:03. Not the speed of light or anything, but respectable. Actually, I felt great during the entire race. I had an energy bar & 3 Ibuprofen for breakfast with a Crystal Light chaser. For my mid-run snacks I slurped down 3 Chocolate Hammer Gels and Gatorade (which I carried in my 50oz. Camelback that I LOVE). When I started, it was 34 degrees. Man! Was it ever cold!
When I got around the last bend, a lady in the crowd yelled to me: “Yeah, that’s the end! Go!!!” I sprinted the rest of the way. It was GREAT! I really could not have asked for a better race.
Did you know that many runners during long distance races just throw their clothes off and throw them on the ground? I really never noticed that in my first marathon. However, I noticed that there were jackets, gloves, hats, head bands, and trash bags all over the course. Why trash bags? Many runners wear them before the race to keep cool and then discard them when they warm up. Strange, huh? I can’t imagine throwing perfectly good running clothes away like that.
So, I have signed up for the AT&T Marathon on 2/18. I really didn’t train as well for my last marathon 3 years ago. This time, I think my heart, mind, and body are in a better place. I feel more confident. I also feel like I am addicted to the marathon feeling. Who would have guested that the overweight girl from high school that joined Cross Country to lose weight would be addicted to marathon running? I would have never thought I would be. However, it really is an amazing experience. Once you run that distance and realize that YOU are the ONLY ONE that got you this far, it is really a personal motivation. You feel like you can conquer any obstacle in your life. If you can run 26.2, why worry about other things in life?
I have a long run planned this Saturday. I am scheduled to run 20 miles. My furthest run this season is 16.1 (when I got shin splints). I am thinking good thoughts and trying some strength training exercises to tighten my shins. Tony wants me to run 18. I will see how I feel. It sure would be great to run 20 on Saturday and feel great afterwards. Then, I know I can do the 26.2 and run it well. Only time will tell. Less than 3 weeks to go. *gulp*