Updated: Jul 25, 2020
That is the place I took in this race: 223.
I'll take it. 223rd place has never felt so good. Average pace 9:35 per mile.
I just wanted to cross the finish line. Training for a half marathon has been a great experience. To be able to commit to something, and follow a training plan step-by-step and succeed, feels incredible. I was hoping to finish my half marathon in under 2 hours and 30 minutes, I actually finished at 2 hours and 5 minutes! I hit my goal and some. If you want my training tips see this post.
It was cool, but honestly, IT HURT! Who am I kidding, it still hurts-- 48 hours later. My body feels like it got ran over by an 18 wheeler. After my race on Saturday, I dumped 6 bags of ice into my bathtub, and then worried I wouldn't be able to get out of the tub.
Here's where I messed up-- at mile 11 I kicked it into overdrive in order to try and get a better time. My competitive nature got the best of me. I have to say, I don't regret passing the last 20 people. But that was stupid in hindsight, and I should have just ran at the pace I'd been training at all year.
For the ups and downs, I am better for it. I loved the ride. My best friend Lexi and I are planning to train for a full marathon next summer! I have to be able to say "I've run a marathon," and then I think I'll hang up my shoes. I think for longevity, cycling is probably less harsh on knees, ankles, low backs etc.
Practically speaking, I don't have a runners body, and running long distances would probably hurt me in the long term. Running isn't super nice to curvy women.
What are some good marathons to run? Now taking suggestions, comment below!