10 Things From My Half Marathon

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Almost a week ago I ran 13.1 miles.  I still can’t believe it.  Here are a few things I noted:

1.  40,000 people in one place is a LOT of people.  Bathroom lines took at least an hour.  And while I thought that I would feel a little claustrophobic, we spread out fairly quickly.  It was really neat.

2.  I was pretty surprised how fast it went.  Don’t get me wrong.  3 hours and 33 minutes is a long time to be running, but it didn’t seem like very long while I was doing it.

3.  If there is a next time, I’m not sure that I’ll wear headphones.  People were all along the route cheering and drinking and holding signs.  People in the race were talking to each other and just having a good time.  I’d hate to think I missed out on something because I was too focused.  I guess if I were doing it to win, it would be a different story, but I’m not.  It’s just something I’m thinking about.

4.  I chose this race for a couple reasons.  The first being I love Nashville.  It’s a beautiful city.  I love the neon lights downtown.  I’d forgotten about the hills.  The second reason I chose it was that it supported St. Jude.  St. Jude is a charity that I can get behind.  When my cousin was first diagnosed with cancer, he was treated for a while at St. Jude.  Love the organization.

5.  I didn’t feel too bad after this race.  My feet hurt, but once I took a bath and got off of them for a while, I was in fairly decent shape.  It makes me feel bad about the last time because I’m not sure I was much fun at the concert with my friend.  Sorry, Weez.  Next time I’ll be better company.

6.  I had seriously forgotten about how hilly downtown Nashville was.  They were long and steep hills.  They just wouldn’t quit.  I’m sure that’s why my calves and shins were so sore.  As of Wednesday, though, I was fairly pain free.

7.  Never underestimate the power of Kinesio Tape.  My ankles were sore immediately after the race.  A little Kinesio Tape on the insides of my ankles, and there was virtually no pain.  Had to order me some more!

8.  My friends are awesome.  Several of you signed up to receive text updates to track my progress.  A couple friends drove the four hours to Nashville and fought traffic to be there with me.  After the race I got lots of text messages and tons of messages and comments on Facebook congratulating me.  You guys are so stinking encouraging.  Thank you.

9.  My family is fantastic.  They followed along through messages, as well.  They sent me pictures of my nieces and nephews.  Wednesday night they had a surprise dinner in my  honor.  There were flowers in running shoes, and my mom made a jogger out of vegetables.  They wanted to hear about the race, and we just had a good time.  I’m so thankful that my family is there for me and supports me.

10.  13.1 miles is a long way.  I’m not saying that I won’t ever do it again.  I don’t love running, but I love setting personal bests.  There may come a time when I want to go down to Nashville and run the half marathon again.  For all the work  and all the training that went into it, crossing the finish line was worth every moment of it.  Calling my mom and crying my  eyes out telling her I was done?  That was even better.  Seeing my friends after accomplishing something I never thought I’d do, awesome.  But the best part of it was was that I did it for me.  I proved to myself that I could do it.  If no one had shown up to cheer me on, I still would have crossed the finish line knowing that I had conquered something very cool.  And now I can put my 13.1 decal on my car, and when people ask me if I actually did it, I can tell them yes.

So yeah, I’ll probably run another one at some point.

Hopefully, it won’t take me as long.

And hopefully some of you will be running with me!

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