I ran a half marathon today!
Remind me, why did I sign up to do that again?
I’m just kidding. Sort of. 🙂
Let’s back up a bit though….
Last night we went to the Expo to get our bib and marathon stuff. I apparently had my expectations too high, because I thought the Expo and our bag was TOTALLY lame. There were like 5 booths in the Expo. Boring. And let me show you our fancy bag….
I’m not trying to be sarcastic, but let’s just point out the obvious here. Inside of it was that little magazine (it had the course map in it and lots of ads and other random crap) and our bib. That’s it. What a waste of a bag, right? It was pathetic! Good thing I had that bag to carry my bib around, because man was that paper bib of mine heavy…..
Once I got over how stupid and lame the Expo was, I got all my clothes ready for the race. I got in bed around 9:30, watched a TV show (Friday Night Lights — High School drama and football, what is better?) and fell asleep around 10:30.
The race didn’t start till 9am. I woke up at 7 and had a banana with peanut butter while sipping on some water. I also planned on having toast with PB but I had such a nervous feeling in my stomach.
We got to the race around 8:30 and I waited in line for the potty’s. They were saying “15 seconds” while I was pulling up my pants.
The first few miles were okay. A couple steady hills. I had a bad cramp in my side that lasted about half a mile.
Miles 5-10 were the worst. Awful. Horrible. Legs hurt so. bad. I didn’t know if I could finish and there were points where I was on the verge of tears. I got a blister on my left toe which kept nagging at me.
I didn’t really have any goals for this marathon except to finish strong. Last night I thought maybe I could do a 2:15. This morning I changed my goal to a 2:30.
At mile 10 I was at exactly 2:00. I got so excited because I thought I could do the last 3 miles in 30 minutes — easy, right?! Ugh, the last three miles were the worst. I hurt SO bad. So then my goal quickly changed to 2:45. Ha. Then I just wanted to finish and didn’t care how long it took me.
Here I am about 30 seconds from the finish. This was when I finally saw my family waiting for me. I immediately started crying. Lucas was so happy to see me and I think he was also a little confused. 🙂 I was SO happy to see them! The smile on my face is a little mis-leading. I was not smiling through the finish line, and certainly not the last few miles of the race either. I was in a lot of pain, I was just so happy to see my kids and know that they were there for me and I was almost finished!
I got my medal. I finished. My total time was about 2:44. I don’t know if I could say I finished strong, but hey, I finished so at least I got half of my overall goal. Right? 🙂
I’m a little bummed about my time, but I am happy I finished. My knees are hurt reaaaally bad. I did an ice bath earlier, and am now icing them. O.U.C.H.
We tried to get a family picture with me holding my new shiny medal! Apparently my kids were’t into it.
Thank you for all your support and encouragement!