Racing Accomplishments

I did something this year that I am beyond proud of, and I want to share.  I ran my first half marathon!  Not only did I do that, but I ran a second one a month later!!  I never thought that this was something that I would ever be able to do.  Running a half marathon was something that I had been thinking about doing.  I was up to running 10 miles easy usually once a week, so I kept thinking “what’s   more miles?”  But, like I was with my first race, I was scared.  I was scared that I would fail, or that I wouldn’t finish, or that I wouldn’t have a good time.  I was at my runner friend’s house one day and she had a half marathon training calendar lying on her table.  We started talking about it and she said she was thinking about it to.  After looking at the calendar, I decided that I could do it!  I talked to my husband about it and he told me sign up, so I did.  I really started training hard because I really wanted to make sure that I could finish.  We went through 12 weeks of training.  It made it a lot easier when I had someone doing it with me that could hold me accountable and also just to talk to about the weekly training runs.  I went into this race with no expectations except just to finish.  I didn’t care about my time or what I placed.

At the starting line, I had a quick moment of panic and thought “what the heck am I doing this for??”  But, once we started it was really fun.  I loved seeing all of the spectators lining the roads and the funny signs.  I was feeling really good and never got tired.  I carried a GU gel with me and I think I ate this around mile 7.  I was physically and mentally ready for this race, and it showed.  I finished in 2:05:15, and I never had to stop and walk.  I was so PUMPED!!  I wanted to do more!  I had already signed up for the next half marathon in a month, so I went right back home to training again.

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Before that race, I had started noticing that my shin was really hurting while I was running.  I tried icing it but that didn’t really help.  Then it went from hurting just when I was running to hurting all the time.  Of course I’m stubborn so I didn’t go to see a doctor.  I just figured it was a really bad shin splint.  I figured that all a doctor would tell me would be to quit running.  So, I toughed it out until after the next race.  ( I know, it was stupid!)

The next race was fun and even more entertaining than the first.  This one had ten times more people running, and it was the biggest race I had ever run.  There were spectators lining all of the streets and they were awesome!  But, this race was all mental for me.  I know that I was physically ready for this race.  I could easily run the miles.  But, I was not mentally ready for it and I don’t know why.  I worried about my leg the whole time and I kept using that as an excuse to stop and walk.  Yes, it hurt, but I had been running on it for a month.  My body just didn’t seem to want to do what it was supposed to.  I was really frustrated with myself because I know I was ready, I just couldn’t do it.  I had gone into this race wanting to finish around 2 hours.  I finished in 2:13.  I am glad I did it, and I am proud that I finished.  I guess everyone has bad days and bad runs, and this was just one of those for me.  This was something that I got to share with my dad(he ran too) and I am so happy for that.

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After this race, I took some time off to let my leg heal.  I took off the entire month of May.  I walked some, but I didn’t run at all.  I started in June just running a mile or two at a time and seeing how my leg would hold up.  I didn’t push it, but I didn’t run any more than 3 miles.

My husband and my dad decided that I need to run the 4th of July race.  I HATE the course for the 5k, so I decided that if I did it, I would run the 10k.  My dad was going to do the 10k and he wanted us to do it together.  I had not run more than 3 miles since the half marathon, so I really didn’t know if I could do it, but I signed up anyways.  This was the first 10k I had done, and I enjoyed it!  I finished in right at an hour, so I thought that was pretty good for not really being ready for it.  My leg was still bothering me, so I ended up taking off the whole rest of the month.

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I have now started back this week running and I will post more about how it’s going later.

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