Peeps have been hitting me up about this half marathon I ran, so I figured I’d write a little Frequently Asked Questions about the whole thing.
Did you finish?
Sure did! In 2:28, which means I ran about 11 minute miles the whole way.
Did you have a goal time?
Eh, not really. Instead of a time, because this was my first half, I decided that my primary goal would be A. to finish and B. do so without walking. I achieved both of these things.
Were you sore?
Oh heavens, YES! And honestly, that was the most shocking part of the whole experience. I had run two 11 mile runs leading up to the event and was fine the next day after both. I figured with just 2.1 miles more I’d be fine! Boy was I wrong. I almost fell down my stairs in the AM because my quads were so tight. Even sitting was painful. There was no reprieve. I think it’s partly that I didn’t really stretch after–too much finish line excitement and just that…well…13.1 miles is a long run!
Did you listen to music?
Sure did! Before heading into the race, I asked my friends on Facebook to share some tracks I should put on my playlist. Bunches of people, and like *super* random people from random parts of my life alongside my friends an family chimed in. The result was an eclectic list that made me smile because it was like those friends were cheering me on along the way. Check it out for yourself:
Did you get bored?
Do you think I could do one even if I’ve never run one before?
Absolutely. That’s what training is for! I’ve never been much of a runner and I certainly don’t have whatever this elusive “runner’s body” is I keep hearing about. But I got myself on a training program, worked at it and made it happen. I’m confident you can do the same!!! It might take a bit longer to train for, but who cares?! Do you and make it happen.
Would you do it again?
Funny you should ask….YES. In fact, I’m already signed up and just took my first training run tonight for the San Francisco Nike Women’s Half. My co-worker mentioned back in July that I might as well enter the lottery for this race and whaddya know–I ended up getting in! This race is October 18th, so less than two months to go! This time around, I am indeed setting some time goals—now that I know I can do it, I want to do it harder, better, faster, stronger! Woot!