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The runner's high is a real thing!

Monday, September 16, 2013

And I experienced it yesterday!

I never thought I could top the feeling of completing my first half marathon (of course, I'm thinking running the full next month will probably come close :) But yesterday was simply AMAZING!

The weather was perfect...55-60 degrees and sunny. The run was along the coastline and FLAT with the exception of a random, super steep incline at mile ten that was probably only .1 of a mile long. I felt good...no, I felt great. I needed that after last weekend. The best part was setting my PR! I hit under 2:10 clocking in at 2:09:46, and that was including two loops backwards to check on my running pals and a shoelace stop. :)

A girl behind me at mile 7 was in a panic because she was out of sports beans and there was only Gu available on the course. I grabbed my beans and handed them off to her, and helping a fellow runner felt great too! She didn't want to try the Gu since she never had before, and one of the biggest racing rules I know is never to change your routine on race day. She was so appreciative...I smiled to myself watching her cross the finish line.

At mile 12 I also caught stride with a woman I've seen at other races. She has two tattoos on the backs of her calves that can't be missed. I said hi and told her how I've seen her at other races, and thanked her for unknowingly motivating me to really kick it at the end. As I took off she cheered me on. This is what I love about running. Perfect strangers united on this journey.

I felt so proud and happy after the race that I treated myself to a new shirt at the race(I never do that) and also took advantage of the free massage table. It was 5 minutes of bliss for my muscles.

Less than 4 weeks to go until the marathon. I'm trying not to think too much about this weekend's 22 miler. After that, the taper begins! I'm pumped!

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  • COOP9002
    Awesome job!
    2727 days ago
    Sounds like an amazing day! - And exactly what you needed to help motivate you for the next 4 weeks.

    Congrats on your PR!

    2727 days ago
  • KAT321123
    Wow, you're amazing! I can only really think of one time I got a runner's high and it was over a short distance but early on in my training. Other than that, it always feels like such work!

    Amazing job on your race. And tremendous job paying it forward by giving your gu to a fellow runner!
    2727 days ago
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