Wednesday, January 20, 2010

half marathon




On Sunday, I ran my first half marathon.

The first half was a breeze. I ran the first seven miles w/o stopping, making pretty good time. But the second you stop, it's hard to start back up. You'd think once you've completed more than half, what's left is easy, but it's the exact opposite.

I ran the first seven miles alone, but had told my friend that we would meet up at mile 7 to finish together. The stopping was a mistake. At mile 11, I was cursing people and preaching how it's not natural for a body to run more than ten miles. It's really not.

But we made it - we finished together in under three hours. I'd like to say my mood was proud and accomplished, but more than anything, I was irritable and sour. There were 30,000 people I had to push through just to be able to sit down. And that's all I wanted - to sit down and give my legs a rest and my feet a breath.

I said I would never do a half marathon again, how I didn't see how anyone could find this fun at all. Marie told me once I had a chance to heal up, I would reconsider (this was her second half marathon). I've already reconsidered. Steve and I are casually thinking about doing the Omaha half marathon. Now that I've done it once, the idea is not nearly as daunting as scary as it was before.

The trick is to think of what you've accomplished, not what you have left to finish. It's a mind game more than anything.

3 comments:

Kimberly said...

I love that you did this and have shared the experience. It's so inspiring. I wish I was doing 1/2 marathons when I was your age:) But I wasn't, and now I'm old and trying to run like I was young! I'm training for some races this summer/fall. Maybe a 1/2 by the fall... wish me luck! Congrats again Holly-

melinda sue said...

woot woot. go holly. fyi, i hear the lincoln 1/2 marathon is easier. omaha 1/2 marathon is really hilly. but what do i know...

Donna Boucher said...

Oh Holly!!! What a great accomplishment.

My sister planned one a month events last year...
She did one half marathon in a hurricane (Remember when that hurricane came thru the midwest) and the rest fun runs (the Beefarama run) in different states.

Hey and guess what. She walks!

But she is almost 50 and she looks great and I think the exercise makes her a joyful person.

I am so excited for you! Plan another!!!