Sunday, April 13, 2014

My First (and likely last) Half Marathon!

A half marathon is 13.1 miles or 21.082 kilometers.   Running one has been on my "bucket list" for a while.   Convincing Philip that I should do one has taken... a while. =)

When a friend mentioned this race last fall, I decided it would be a great one to do, just before moving away from the Emerald Coast.

While the training, for the most part, was not bad, I am happy to be finished with long runs that take me away from Philip and the kids for hours every week.   Philip doesn't do long distance, runs so we haven't run together in months!   I miss that, and am excited to get back at running with him several times a week as we get ready for our second Mud Run!

It was a smaller race than I was expecting, with less than 2,500 runners.

 Off we go!

 There I am!

 There I go!

 The kids waiting with Daddy (the boys still in their pajamas)

They ate breakfast, ran around and found a geocache while waiting for me to get back..

The race run down:

The first four miles went well.   I managed to keep each mile under 10 minutes and there was some nice cloud cover.  (At this point, the goal was to get a time as close to 2 hrs as possible).  After that, it got a little less pleasant.  We were on a straight stretch, two lane road (with sand dunes, but no view of the water on either side).   There was some hefty headwind and the road and the runners in front of me just faded off into a haze in the distance.   Mentally, this was extremely hard.   It felt like we were running into the desert.  (By now, I was hoping to eek out a 2:15 time).   After the turn around, it was so HOT I felt like an egg frying in a pan!   At mile 9, I was so spent I Seriously considered stopping, but didn't have my phone on me to let Philip know that I wasn't dead, so I just kept running.   Well, plodding might have been more like it.    Almost constant prayer was the only thing that kept my feet running at this point.   (My goal now...finish without walking!!)   I kept saying to myself "The good news is, this thing has to finish Sometime... just keep your feet moving!"   The last mile seemed like an eternity (as it usually does...

 Approaching the Finish Line

 I still have a little adrenaline on board!

 An exhausted smile for my photographer

 Only feet to go!


 Literally seconds after I finished with my three cheerleaders

 I had to sit down so I didn't fall down =)

Two new friends, Tiffany and Katie (they ran the 15K I did in January)

Since I did my 12 mile training run two weeks ago in 2 hours flat, a 2:18:52 (that's my chip time) finish today was a bummer, but I will take it.   YAY for checking "half marathon" off my bucket list!   *I don't have an actual "list", but I'm going to be crossing something else off my virtual list next month.. stay tuned!


The Woodfords said...

Congratulations!!! What an accomplishment - good for you!!

Love you!

Bethany said...

GOOD JOB!!! The sun and heat would definitely drain you in a hurry… way to not give up =) Excited for the mud run in a month!!!

Wendi Kitsteiner said...

Seriously WHO cares about your time!


Mom W. said...

I'm with Wendi, good job finishing, never mind the time!!! Proud of you!!!

Bruce Woodford said...

Great job, Joia!

You've never been a quitter!

Lots of love,

Mark and Rebekah said...

Good job Joia! When you were talking about wanting to quit it reminded me of that story about you dropping out of the race in High School... Well no regrets this time! I'm so proud of you :)
Love Rebekah :)

denise said...

great job!

Heather said...

Nice work Joia! That's an amazing time and much faster than I would ever do! Way to set a good example for your kids ;)