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Half Marathon - Ready or Not

Sunday, October 10, 2010

This is news from September, but it's taken me a long time to get the courage to share. Last spring I was running well and on track to do my first half marathon. A new job opportunity set my training back. The new Eugene Women's Half Marathon was right around the corner. What was I going to do? I had managed to keep my weekend runs at 6 miles. About a month before the half, I thought, well...maybe I can. Two of my friends had been training and were excited to be running the race. The weekends leading up to the half my runs were 7 miles, 9 miles, 11 miles and then back to a 6 miles. Could I do it?

The half was in my own town, on the paths that I train on and the weather forecast cool and dry. Perfect for running. I entered on the last day possible. Race day came and I was nervous. My stomach often gets upset when I run, so I decided I wouldn't carry water on a waist belt as it would add to the problem. I started back in the pack and settled in. About mile 9, I stopped for several minutes at the restroom. At one of the water stations, they didn't have water poured so I ran past. Did I say I wasn't carrying water? What's that you say? Not a smart move? You are correct!

I was pleased with my running until mile 11 when my legs started cramping. This has never happened to me before (perhaps because I usually carry water? Hmm...). I had to walk a short ways and then begin running several times. I guess I should have waited for that water, huh? A lady next to me shared encouraging words. I saw my husband & mom waving on the finish line approach. I finished my first half in 2:25:50 at an 11:08 pace. Not bad!

Lessons learned:
Carry water
Learn what to eat or not eat to avoid the restroom stop
Train more thoroughly and...
Don't be so shy about sharing the experience with others.
Finishing is something to be proud of whether you walk or run. It is so inspiring to see ladies of all ages & sizes out reaching their goal of completing a half.

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    That is very inspirational girl..I know i need to at least try my first 5 k, but i have a big tendency of thinking i wont make it because i will not be in the best shape by then..Yeah, not a good way of thinking..but, you did it despite the lack of water and sick belly..Soooo proud of you..Makes me know that there may be hurdles for me to get over, but I CAN do this..gonna sign up real soon,ill keep you posted girl!!! Way to go!
    3641 days ago
    Good job!!!

    3791 days ago
    Great job and you are so right about the running or walking part. I will be walking part of my half and running the other part and either way it still makes us AWESOME!!! Be proud...YOU are a half-marathner!!
    3791 days ago
    3791 days ago
    Congratulations and thanks for sharing!
    3793 days ago
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