So, after 6 months of sweating, preparing, & runningâ€¦ I accomplished
the goal I set for myself!! I FINISHED MY FIRST HALF MARATHON!!!
AND I DID IT IN LESS THAN 3 HOURS. For anyone that run long
distances, I know that is quite slow, many would say I probably
walked most of itâ€¦ to that I say, I only walked about 1/3 of it (due
to a horrible side stitch).
It was part of the Ottawa Race weekend, along with 34 000 other
runners, 9000 of which were running the half with me. I ran the 21.2
km (13.1 miles) course that took me between the beautiful province
of Quebec and Ontario.
I was fortunate enough to have a great running buddy tag along for
the ride. He had previously completed another half marathon in
1hr45. So to him, this run must have been turtle speed. Nonetheless
he stayed with me the entire way, through my walking, complaining,
moaning, and dare I say it, B*tching!!! But we had a great time â€“ at
least I did! He was a great companion, we talked the entire way!
The weather was phenomenal a gorgeous 23C outside with a nice wind.
The course took us over 2 bridges and some wonderful scenery; past
the Canadian Parliament buildings, the Supreme Court of Canada, the
fabulous Rideau Canal, the museum of civilizations, National Gallery
of Canada. The tulips and lilacs were also in full bloom, so we
didn't even notice that we smelled like B.O.!
The finish line came eventually, and I told my buddy to sprint ahead
and he took off like a hornet!! We finished with 30seconds apart.
I had originally ran the course 2 weeks ago and it took 3hr and 6
minutes. So I was hoping for a sub-3 hour finish. I DID IT IN
2HR54!!!! My medal looks amazing on my wall! And I am definitely
looking forward to my next one!!
It was a wonderful run!! The type that make you want to encourage
everyone to get out there and try the sport!!
So set your goal and do it!!
I DID IT! Ran Half Marathon!!
3 replies to this topic
Posted 29 June 2008 - 07:25 PM
Who cares how long it took? You did it and that's all that matters! Good for you!
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