Sunday, June 14, 2009
- 2hrs and 44 minutes, 633rd of 919 1/2 marathon runners!
No world records here, but I'm proud of that for my first ever race, and the fact I only started running 2 months ago. And it gives me something to beat next year.....:0) The only goal I did not complete was running the last 2 miles. I ran the last mile, but that mile going up Diamondhead did me, and I walked up to the peak and then ran the downhill and across to Kapiolani park and the finish line. I crossed the line running and it was a great feeling. It was hot too 89F to finish there (someone running too fast for the heat was being carted off as I got in), good thing it started at 6am! I walked maybe a mile to a mile and a half in total, so i'm really happy with that.
The first five miles were excellent, after that I had a stitch and cramps the whole way in (it kept changing sides) which was really a pest and I think caused by me being so nervous this morning more than anything else (my stomach was doing turns at 4am!). Miles 6-8 seemed the longest, mile 9 is where it really got tough. Having people around me helped me to pace, and I was really careful to start at the back of the pack so I wasn't tempted to go too fast too soon. It was tempting in the beginning I was being passed, about mile 2 though, I started passing so that was a boost. Mile 10 I started overtaking some of the people doing the 15K leg, now that made me feel good.....:0)
I also met an awesome lady at mile 8 who spurred me on. 65 years old, started running when she was 45 and has done 18 marathons and lost count of the 1/2 marathons. She's one of the trainers for Team in Training. We came in together in the end, but were back and forthing for a while. At mile 8 we chatted as we ran - which amazed me as I didn't think I could talk at that point! She was awesome and it picked me up talking to her, she was amazed I was doing a half marathon after only 2 months of training (or at least pretended to be to spur me on!).
Now, i'm going to take a nap having had my legs on ice and a nice shower. Later my birthday celebrations happen in earnest, with a nice dinner at the Kona Brew Pub with friends!
I don't have any photos, but here are a few taken before and after -
Purple is of course my running colour. Self portrait (slightly skewed) at 4am, figured I'd better get one of me in my running kit.