Monday, December 3, 2007

I've Come a Long Way Baby!

My half marathon was yesterday and I am happy to report that I actually ran across the finish line to complete my 13.1 mile (about 21 km for my friends on the metric system) course. I kept thinking as I was plodding along, if only my high school gym teacher could see me now. I was that girl who was "sick" or suddenly struck with a case of debilitating cramps every time we had to run the mile in PE. If those excuses didn't work I would puff and wheeze through it, sure that death was imminent.

Yesterday, I didn't think I would die even once! That is not to say that it was easy, I think I just had a change of heart about the whole running = torture or death idea. I walked a great deal of it, but Ashley and I did the whole course together and talking and laughing about the running Elvi and the guy in the pink tutu and fishnets and the run -thru wedding chapel made the time and distance go by pretty quickly. We finished with a time of about 3 hours and 30 minutes which was quicker than I expected. Ashley, being the 4 time full marathoner that she is, who actually runs all the way through 26.2 mile courses, I would normally not be able to keep up with her speedy and well trained pace. Because of a calf injury she was taking it easy and went along with my slow and steady pace.

Even though I am extremely sore and shuffling around like an old lady today I am really glad I did it. I even got a cool medal and a t-shirt to prove that I made it through.


tmac96 said...

Whoa! You go girl! I used to run 5Ks and for awhile, briefly entertained the idea of running a half marathon, but sadly, that never happened. Got too comfy on the couch! :-) Congratulations to you!

Nanette said...

I am so amazed! Wow! GREAT JOB!

tmac96 said...

Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that this post of yours, along with a few other things, inspired ME to begin training for a half marathon this year. As of Feb 1st, my training has officially begun. I just wanted to formally give you a THANKS!

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