Well, I did it. I ran my first Half Marathon... and possibly my last. It actually went a lot better than I anticipated (since I hardly trained for it). I realized two things while preparing for this race.... 1) I get crazy bored after running for more than 45 minutes (especially when I'm by myself) and 2) 13.1 miles is a looooong run. I might run one more in March just to see how crazy I really am... and Daniel said he'd run with me. So, we'll see.
The first part of the race was a little rough.... we had to wind around a neighborhood for a few miles before getting to the sea wall. There were hundreds (maybe 2,000) people in the race.... so it was a little crowded those first few miles. And, I had to go potty... of course. But, once we hit the sea wall, it was good.... we found our pace and we were feeling good. Oh, the "we" I'm referring to is my pal and running buddy, Shelley. Another friend of mine, Charissa, ran it too but we got separated at the start. By mile 9ish, we started to slow down a bit.... but I was still feeling pretty good at 10. Then, came 11.... oh boy. My body started screaming at me to stop. I hurt all over... feet, legs, back, head.... did I mention it was HOT and humid? Anyway, I made it to the finish line in 2:49.... not terrible, but not great either. My goal was just to finish :)