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My first half marathon

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Forgive me if I ramble incoherently, but I wanted to get these thoughts down before the feeling of the moment leaves me...

Race start time was 7:30, got up at my usual time, 4:15 with 3 rounds of snooze. The morning started off badly, my mom came by when I was snoozing and said, "GET UP!" If you follow my posts on the boards, you'll know that I get up at 4:15 5 days a week and have been doing it for 2 years and haven't ever failed to make it out of bed, so it was totally unnecessary and annoying that mom was kicking me out of bed. Basically was trying to duplicate my normal morning routine, except that we were sleeping at my parent's condo because of the closer proximity to the race start.

Did not do a warm up at all. I was just getting into the corral when the gun sounded. My running partner took off on her own after about 1K. I expected to run most of the race by myself but that happened earlier than I expected.

I did the first 10K split in 1:10:54, a ridiculously slow pace for me.

note to ZIRCADIA - the Creed songs on my playlist, although with inspiring lyrics, were all slow and contributed to the slow 10K!

At ~12K, the turning point (it was an out and back course), something really amazing and unexpected happened. My SIL had a sign with my name on it! She also had a sign for my other SIL. It really, really perked me up when I was flagging. Soon after, one of my big 'power songs' came on and it picked me up even more.

I meant to run with the 2:15 pace bunny and finally caught up with the group around 15K. I decided to keep her in sight for the rest of the race. Sometimes I was a few metres ahead, sometimes behind.

I crossed the finish line in 2:12:55.4, and there was a long walk through to get to the chip return/water station. We Are The Champions was playing and I had a little cry.

Unfortunately my mp3 player got jostled off me in the post-race somewhere.

I got a huge blister. A year of running, 2 20K training runs, not so much as a tiny chafe but come race day ..ow!

Russell Watson - Faith of the Heart (the song that always gets me through the tough races)

It's been a long road
Getting from there to here
It's been a long time
But my time is finally near

And I can feel the change in the wind right now
Nothing's in my way
And they're not gonna hold me down no more
No they're not gonna hold me down

'Cause I've got faith of the heart
I'm going where my heart will take me
I've got faith to believe
I can do anything
I've got strength of the soul
And no one's gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I've got faith, I’ve got faith, faith of the heart

It's been a long night
Trying to find my way
Been through the darkness
Now I've finally have my day

And I will see my dream come alive at last
I will touch the sky
And they're not gonna hold me down no more
No they're not gonna change my mind

'Cause I've got faith of the heart
I'm going where my heart will take me
I've got faith to believe
I can do anything
I've got strength of the soul
And no one's gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I've got faith, faith of the heart

I've known the wind so cold, and seen the darkest days.
But now the winds I feel, are only winds of change.
I've been through the fire and I've been through the rain.
But I'll be fine.

Cause I've got faith of the heart
I'm going where my heart will take me
I've got faith to believe
I can do anything
I've got strength of the soul
And no one's gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I've got faith

I've got faith of the heart.
I'm going where my heart will take me.
I've got strength of the soul.
And no one's gonna bend or break me.
I can reach any star.
I've got faith, I've got faith, faith of the heart.

It's been a long road.

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  • ZIRCADIA
    ( I feel special with a side note to me, heehehe) but YAY on the race!!! I'm glad you found your pace group and made it in shorter than that for your final time even with the slow down -- woohoo!!! And sad on the lost MP3 player and blister. WAH! BUT HURRAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You finished a half-marathon!!! :D I have a feeling I might be following in your footsteps sometime in 09.... :D
    4600 days ago
  • TERRIANGEL
    Reading blogs like this make me soooooo excited to do my first one! It will be next year. I'm doing my first 10K next month, and am so excited about that!

    Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations. You did so GREAT!!

    T emoticon
    4601 days ago
  • MARKA78
    Great job! I hate feeling unprepared before a race...I'm already nervous enough beforehand.
    I'm getting all pumped up for my first half...less than 3 weeks away now! I actually managed to get some blisters this past week during training, so maybe that means I won't get any during the race :-) I won't get to use my MP3 player, so I hope I can manage 13.1 okay with no tunes!
    4601 days ago
  • no profile photo CD696706
    I love that song. I didn't know who sang it. I think the version I am use to hearing is by ... humm ... I can't think if his name...80's singer...also sang 'do you think I'm sexy'. anyway thanks for posting those lyrics...that song is going on my ipod. I have a marathon on Oct. 12.

    Your race was fantastic and your strategy - although the first 10k were slow has proven out to be a very good one. I will also keep that in mind.

    congratulations on a fantastic race. hey Rod stewart is the name I was looking for...off to download that song. :-)

    gail
    4601 days ago
  • KMKMOM
    emoticon Way to go! It sounds like an awesome first half marathon - aside from losing the mp3 player of course. Great job!
    4601 days ago
  • COOPERLEDGEN
    Great job! What an awesome finishing time!

    I am running my first half this weekend.
    4601 days ago
  • SUZIEQTURNS40
    I'm jealous. I was there - m first half too - but I sucked big time.
    3hours 21minutes 45seconds chip time BUT I guess that's not bad for someone who is 50Lbs overweight and almost 40.
    CONGRATS
    4602 days ago
  • ROUXZQ
    Awesome! Congrats on your accomplishment!
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    4602 days ago
  • no profile photo CD522362
    Congratulations! The best part of it is that this feeling stays with you- it's now part of who you are.
    4602 days ago
  • JOHNBABJR
    Way to rock it, Zorbs! Congrats on the first of what I hope will be many.
    4602 days ago
  • SARAH_VW
    Way to go! Sounds like it was a great race. Congrats on your first half!
    4602 days ago
  • SO_FIT_TEACHER
    Great job on accomplishing your 1st half...thanks for sharing your thoughts..as you continue to recover this week...know that it was worth it. Way to go! emoticon
    4602 days ago
  • MBSHAZZER
    Congrats! Sounds like it was a great experience, all things considered. I always chafe or blister during a race, never during a training run!
    4602 days ago
  • SWEATONCEADAY
    emoticon way to go on a great 1st half!
    4602 days ago
  • BRUIN2
    WOW WOW WOW!!!

    RIGHT ON!! Congrats on your first half!!!!!

    You really picked up the pace in the second half of the run - very impressive!!! Isn't it great to have people out on the course cheering for you?!?! So fun!!!!

    Congrats!!!

    4602 days ago
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