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Conversations & Thoughts When Running Your First Half-Marathon

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Conversation & Thoughts When Running Your First Half-Marathon - In keeping with my Fantastic 40, I decided this year was a good time to complete my goal to run a half marathon. Another reason I decided to complete it was that I met my amazing (now former) coworker who runs marathons on a regular.

In keeping with my Fantastic 40, I decided this year was a good time to complete my goal to run a half marathon. Another reason I decided to complete it was that I met my amazing (now former) coworker who runs marathons on a regular. After talking with her and finally fessing up that I alway wanted to run a half and a full marathon, we decided that the Detroit Marathon would be amazing for me to run for the first time. My whole goal was to complete the race in under 3 hours.

My first month of training was EXTREMELY difficult, and I went through some mental and body issues , push through it. Previously, I would easily run up to five miles with no issues, but after a year of exercise restriction, I was starting completely over. I could barely run half a mile. A half a freaking mile! But finally, I just muscled through and managed to run 3 miles. After that, it was mostly (kinda, but not really) full sailing.

This conversation is a basic overview of my thoughts and conversations during my first half-marathon with my friend, Courtney. Hopefully it is insightful and possibly slightly entertaining. I know the whole thing was mind blowing for me.

Starting Line

Me: Lord Jesus! There are a ton of people out here. So many more than running a 5K. I will be trampled. Tell me I am not doing this. I am actually doing this. Is it too late to back out now?

Courtney: Yes. Yes, it is. You will be fine.

Me: Oh shit I said that out loud. Lmao!

Miles 0 -1 

Me: Okay. This isn’t bad. My legs are really cold. But this isn’t that bad. Okay I just started though. I hope my legs don’t cramp up.

Courtney: Why do you think we are going to slow? Stop pace pushing. We aren’t even at mile one yet. Calm down. 

Miles 1 – 2

Me: Still not bad. My legs are still freezing. People are already ditching clothes. Wait? Is she is wearing shorts right now? Is she freaking insane? It is freezing out here. My legs are going numb. Wait that’s probably a good thing. I won’t feel my calves lock up.

Courtney: Yea I don’t know how people are running half naked and numb legs might be a good thing. The dude running in the trash bag has a good idea though because he will keep his warmth in.

Miles 3 – 4

Courtney: Okay so we are coming up on the bridge. I am going to ditch my sweater now. Are you ready for this incline?

Me: Ugh! No. LMAO! Okay let’s go. The Canadian Border Patrol is pretty nice other than the screaming, “Where’s your bib?” Oh look, she tried to run across the border without her bib. Lord this bridge is killing me. I should have ran more hills.

Courtney: At the rest station off the bridge we will stop to eat and drink. Okay. This view is pretty good.

Me: It’s amazing. This really isn’t bad. I am still pretty pumped and excited I did this. Also, I am very shocked that I haven’t stopped to walk yet. (Sidenote – We were freaking crawling because I have no pace control and it was my first half so this probably why I hadn’t stopped to walk).

Miles 4 – 6

Me: Okay. I really have to go to the bathroom.  Badly. I’m sorry. I gotta stop.

Courtney: What is up with your bladder? There are some portables. Just don’t stop moving or you will cramp up.

Me: Okay. (Wait in line for 15 minutes and have a random conversation with a lady in line).  Okay I am done. Lets go.

Courtney: I just saw a penguin run pass.

Me: Ahh man. (Right before the tunnel)….Look there are some bananas.

Courtney: There are always bananas. Lol.

Miles 6 – 8

Me: This tunnel is so warm. OMG! Look the penguin.

Courtney: Yup that’s the penguin. How many kilometers is a mile? I have the hardest time with that.

Me: Yea. Idk. I do as well. I struggle with knowing if it’s less or more miles. I think more right?

Courtney: Can’t be. A 5K is 3.1 miles. So less.

Me: Crap! It is. Lol. We are too smart for this.

Courtney: Don’t worry our brain power is on reserve for more running. LMAO.

Miles 8 – 10

Me: Where the hell are we? Is this Corktown? What backroad did we take to get to Corktown? Seriously?!

Courtney: I don’t know know. Once we passed underneath Cobo I lost track.

Miles 10 – 12

Me: Look. Everyone is slowing down. My feet are killing me and I want to stop. But I am afraid that if I stop I won’t have the energy to start up again.

Courtney: You are doing great. We are nearly done. Just push through it.

Miles 12-13.1

Me: Dude. We have been running behind that speedwalker for the longest time. He is freaking moving. Someone behind us is running with their dad and he looks to be about 80 years old. He’s a boss.

Courtney: That’s awesome. He’s (speedwalker)  making good time. I wonder if he’s going to do the whole marathon.

Me: He’s moving over to the marathon lane. Lord. He’s moving man.

Courtney: He’s making great time. People speed walk these things all the time. We are almost done. Let’s speed it up and bring it in faster.

Me: Okay.

Finish

Me: I am sitting down now.

Courtney: No. Walk it off. You will stiffen. Lets go get our banana and medal.

Conversation & Thoughts When Running Your First Half-Marathon - In keeping with my Fantastic 40, I decided this year was a good time to complete my goal to run a half marathon. Another reason I decided to complete it was that I met my amazing (now former) coworker who runs marathons on a regular.

Running my first half marathon was AMAZING! I am ready and willing to run another half in the near future. I feel so accomplished and fulfilled. What about you? What goals have you completed lately? Anything coming up soon? Let me know in the comments.

Conversation & Thoughts When Running Your First Half-Marathon - In keeping with my Fantastic 40, I decided this year was a good time to complete my goal to run a half marathon. Another reason I decided to complete it was that I met my amazing (now former) coworker who runs marathons on a regular.
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