Wow. What an incredible day!
I can honestly say I will never ever be an elite runner, and I will most certainly ALWAYS be a slow runner or a run/walker. But today I feel like a rockstar.
Today I finished my second ever half marathon! And I beat my goal. And I PR'd. And I feel like I have more in the tank! I really do feel like a rockstar.
Way back in 2005, I was about 80 lbs. heavier than I am now and I walked a half-marathon in Virginia Beach. The Rock N Roll Half was an incredible race and felt like a wonderful achievement. It was hot and really humid and I was hurting for DAYS after! I barely finished. I can remember turning the corner at mile 11 and Team in Training staff were there....and I cried. I cried almost the whole way to the finish, a straight shot down the boardwalk. My ankles and legs hurt so freakin bad. I don't know how I even finished - in fact, if it weren't for those TNT staffers that day who finished with me (one on each side) I know I wouldn't have done it. I squeaked across the finish line in a crazy 4:32:55. And I was so proud! I finished it!
Today....we had a 4 hour course limit. I had a great plan to run it that mid-way through training was cut short by an injury. I knew I could walk this if I had to and if I ran a tiny bit it would be more than before. We had checkpoints we had to pass by certain times or we would be asked to get on a slow bus and transported to the finish on a shorter route...
I ran about 5 miles of the race!!
I was NEVER in danger of falling below the pace and getting on the slow bus.
And I finished FAR ahead of the 4 hour time limit!
I trained for this, I was on track to run about 3/4 of the course with some walk breaks on it before I got hurt. After I rest and let this hip heal I will be back on track and get this record broken too!
I trained with Team in Training and I am so excited! I raised $2730 for cancer research and patient care. I met some incredible people who supported me and got me to this point! Of the 15,000 runners in this half, 2300 were from Team in Training. We raised over 6 million dollars!
Coach Sara convinced me that I could make the time limits even walking the whole thing.