2.20.2011

My first half marathon!

 

First I want to thank all my family, friends and readers who encouraged me to do this!  The comments really help me to be positive and remember, I CAN DO THIS!  The night before the race I woke up every hour because I was afraid my alarm wouldn’t go off, finally at 430 I just stayed up and ate some breakfast while surfing  the web.  By the time I had to leave I was so tired all I wanted to do was go back to bed Smile   I had jitters the whole way there and after seeing all the ‘super runners’ I was thinking ‘why the heck am I doing this??’

 

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Good thing I had a cheering section!

 

The course was all HILLS, HILLS, HILLS! I swear the first 2 miles where straight up hill and I thought “OMG I’m never going to make it to 13!"”   The weather was gorgeous, thankfully.  I was ok for the first 7 miles and my feet started to hurt {not loving my new running shoes!} I made some friends for 7-10 and after that my legs were killing me and I seriously don’t know how I kept running.

 

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The last 2 miles were torture, I really wanted to finish in under 2:30 so I kept visualizing the finish and just kept running and running and running…..

 

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It paid off because I finished in 2:27:52!  I can’t believe I did it, I’m soooo hooked Smile 

 

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Miss Madison wasn’t feeling any sweaty, salty kisses from me. 

 

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Even my ‘brothers’ came out to cheer me on, haha!

I’m pretty sore today, so I think I’ll take a day or two off from working out.  Next up, St. Patrick's Day 5k!  Who’s with me?

17 comments:

  1. So proud of you! That's incredible. I have been wanting to run one for years and keep wimping out. So impressed!!!

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  2. Megan HOORRAAYY!! I'm so excited for you. I really wanted to go cheer you on but couldn't afterall because of a preregistered appointement. I'm so sorry I missed it and hope to definately be there at the next one!! So very proud of you!!

    Rita :)

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  3. Megan that is so awesome!! my goal is to be able to do a half by the fall! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  4. YEAH!!! Congratulations!! So excited for you.

    I'll be running with you in spirit hopefully by the St. Pat's marathon I'll be holding my baby : )

    Good Luck!!

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  5. Great job! I ran my first 5K last October and felt very accomplished, can't imagine the feeling after a 1/2 marathon!

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  6. You should be so proud of your accomplishment! Awesome time too!!

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  7. Way to go chickie!!! Great time!

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  8. Your so inspiring..Im doing my first race ever a 5k in April and Im so nervous even though its so easy Im sure

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  9. Wow, congrats!! I wish I could do something like that. :)

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  10. Congratulations! You are such an inspiration. I signed up for my first 5K on 4/8 and can't wait!

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  11. You go girlie!!! Congratulations!! And your brothers are so cute! Are they King Charles spaniels? I really want to get one, but most of the ones I've seen look more cocker spaniel-ish with the rounded forehead and short snout.

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  12. Thanks amazing! Congrats!

    PS I don't know if anyone has already but I nominated you for a bloggy award! :) http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/02/versatile-blogger.html

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  13. Congratulations! That's awesome! I'm in the very early stages of of the Couch to 5k program. I can't even imagine running a 1/2 marathon!

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  14. Wow, I am amazed. Part of me thinks I could never do that. You are awesome! I'm hoping to start running after recovering from the baby's birth. My plan is to start walking at the mall as soon as possible (to avoid the heat). Then start running as the weather cools. Thanks for being an inspiration.

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  15. I am so, so, so proud of you!!!! You are my inspiration and the reason that I will get my lazy butt on the treadmill tonight. I should get you to text me every day and tell me to run!!! XOXO

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