Mayors Half Marathon Race Recap

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! 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

11 thoughts on “Mayors Half Marathon Race Recap

  1. Great job Samantha! What an accomplishment! I did my first race a few weeks ago, it was only a 5K but I had so much fun! I'm not quite sure I could do a half… 🙂 Anyway, excellent job!

  2. that's so exciting that you finished!! sorry that it was hard, but hopefully the next one isn't so bad!

    my knees just stopped hurting from my half in may 😦 so… use lots of ice to heal fast!!

    great job!!

  3. Way to go! I DO NOT run. Not for me! So I'm totally in awe of all you running mommies.

    By the way, you look great in those photos! It reminded me of your post about getting cookies at fourteen-point-three-million months pregnant, in a “then and now” kind of way. I'm trying to keep that in mind as inspiration to get off my duff and lose some baby weight – littlest one is now a day shy of 12 weeks old.

  4. Congratulations on your finish! I had to laugh about your comment about the smile in the picture and how you were NOT smiling those last few miles. Something about a camera…I can be dead miserable, but usually I can flash a smile for the camera. 🙂

    Love the picture of your little guy with your medal. You have a beautiful family! Hope your knees are feeling better soon. After my first half, it took a few days before I could walk comfortably…the more you get used to those distances, the less time recovery takes.

  5. Congrats on your first HALF!! I remember the first one being so much harder on me than I expected (although I'm still not sure why b/c I still feel like I trained well…) But you DID IT!! The photo of your smiling is just wonderful! And the family pix is hilarious! I have 2 little ones too, so I completely relate… “Come on… don't you want to take a picture with mommy and her medal?”

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