My First Half Marathon

About a week ago, I completed my first half marathon! **Yay me!** Those 13.1 miles were something serious.  I trained for about two and a half months. The only reason my training was so short is because I had already been training for triathlons so I thought, yea, I can do a half marathon, no problem! The day of the race, I made sure to put extra leave in (Yes to Cucumbers) on my hair to protect it from the cool, dry air . I also added a little coconut oil to my scalp and my ends before I pulled it back into a pony puff. Here are a few pics from my race.

Before the race…It was freakin’ freezing that morning!

 

Waiting to start. There were at least 500 people there. It was packed!

Home stretch. This is mile 13 and I’m on the last one tenth of a mile,  I was sooo tired!

Sweaty post race shot.

I did it!

I finished in 2 hours and 20 min which was about 10 minutes faster than my goal time. That’s about a 10.5 – 11 minute mile. Pretty slow, but hey at least I finished. That was my goal, not to stop. I only stopped to drink water. I also stopped at mile 11.5. I was so tired, I thought someone was going to have to come get me, on the real though…But I started playing Beyonce’s song “Diva” in my head and pressed on for the last 1.5 miles. I guess the biggest thing I learned was that I can do anything I put my mind to. Everyone thought I was nuts for attempting anything like this, but I shook the haters off and did me. Next year I might try for a full marathon. We’ll see…If you are interested in seeing what I did to prepare for my race check out my training schedule on Daily Mile. It’s not the best training schedule, but I did what I could do.

 

P.S. The best part of completing a big race is taking 2 weeks off working out afterward, guilt free!

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