It was cold this morning as the runners crossed the start at 3M Half marathon. The sun was just coming up at 7am. There were runners of all shapes and sizes.
I was fortunate enough to meet up with fellow Sparker, akorelc, before the race. This amazing woman (ran a 60 miler recently over 3 days) advised her group to take the first 3 miles slowly as they were full of hills. I wished everyone good luck and was on my way.
Earlier in the morning (5:45am), I kissed my husband and wished him a good flight. He would be leaving for New York for a week-long business trip. I was sad that he couldn’t be at the race, but a paycheck nowadays is more important then a half marathon cheering section. Our son was on a Boy Scout camping trip. I would be running the half without support team.
On Mile 2, the runners ran on a frontage road next to the freeway. As I was coming to the hill crest on the frontage, I heard lots of honking. I looked over to see my husband driving down the freeway honking at runners. He didn’t know that I was right there or that I saw him. However, it was a WONDERFUL pick-me-up and motivator.
On Mile 6, there was a woman holding a sign up saying: “Run Shannon Run”. I know that the sign was for another Shannon running the half, but it felt like it was for me. I passed the lady and said: “Thanks so much. My name is Shannon too!” She smiled and said: “Go! Go! Go Shannon!”
There were some hills along the way. However, I just told myself that they weren’t large and plowed right to the top of them. There was no stopping me. I wanted to beat my personal best for a half (2:05:03). I was determined!
When I got to the finish, my iPod Nano said that I had beaten my personal best. With my last races in Disney World, my Nano and official chip time can be off by a few minutes. I needed to wait for the official time on the website.
I am very happy to say that my official time was 2:04:54. A personal best for me. Woohooo Baby! This was my 5th half marathon. I would love to run 15-20 more in the next 10 years (before I am 50). Can I be under 2 hours in the future? I sure am going to try.
For all those that have encouraged me with my running, thank you so much. I am not a little runner at 165lbs., but I am determined to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. I was the chubby, sweet girl in school. I am still sweet (no, really…I am), but I refuse to live a sedentary lifestyle. Bring on the AT&T Marathon in 3 weeks. I want that medal!!!