Archive for July, 2013

I.DID.IT

So I obviously fell off the wagon with posts over the last little while. However I.DID.IT!! I ran a half marathon yesterday! 2:44 was my time. Slower than my goal of 2:30 but I.DID.IT!!! The first 15 K rocked and I was well on my way to meet my goal, however we hit gravel, my knees started to “kink” (not sure what the technical term is, shooting pain behind the kneecap) so I had to walk the last 4 kms of the run. The last 1.5 k was back on the road, however face to the wind and on a slight uphill. I was not able to make back any time and by this time was legs were done. At the 21K mark there was a wonderful hydration station with Bailey’s and chocolate, a shot has NEVER tasted so good. I was the last one to cross the finish line however I was the “fastest last place finisher ever in the run’s history”. I am so very proud of myself.
My husband and children were there to cheer me on and were the best supporters ever. They met me at the 13k point, then again at the 17k and at the end. Dressed in Canada Day fashions with party favors and air horns they cheered their little hearts out. They certainly made the day for all those runners that had a chance to see them.
A couple of mental notes I made along the way:
1. a flat straight road is wonderful.
2. I didn’t mind the hills at all.
3. I ran it at intervals of 5:1, it was great.
4. It takes me at least 5 kms to warm up.
5. I did not have ANY shinsplints.
6. I passed cattle and pig farms and lots of open fields.
7. There was plenty of bathrooms (tree lines) along the edge, but I didn’t have to go the whole way. I obviously did something right with my eating and hydrating.
8. It was so wonderful to see my family on the route. It made my day.
9. Thank you to the wonderful people who manned the hydration stations, their friendly faces were so great to see. Thank you to the group at the last station that cheered for me! It made my legs hurt less and gave me the extra little push to finish.
10. It was a great day! My legs are pretty tight today but it just makes the experience all the more real.

Best cheering squad ever.

Best cheering squad ever.

Cheering her little heart out!

Cheering her little heart out!

His air horn died by the end of the day.

His air horn died by the end of the day.

Still smiling at km 17.

Still smiling at km 17.

I FINALLY DID IT!!! Next one scheduled September 8th 🙂

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