13.1 miles. Done and done. Woohoo! I'm a half-marathoner!
Saturday was an absolutely perfect day for a race: 60 degrees and partly sunny. I was nervous, excited and couldn't wait to get going! I picked up my friend who was running the 5K and we headed over to Flushing Meadows.
|Congrats on your first race, friend! :)|
My family arrived just in time to see me off to the start. I lined up in the 2:30 corral, hoping I could pace myself accordingly. Someone sang the National Anthem, the gun went off, and I walked/trotted to the start. And 4 minutes later, I crossed the start line of my first half-marathon.
|Mile 1= all smiles|
|Fist pumping for my crew!|
|Thank you, amazing fan club.|
|Bye Bye Fuel belt!|
Mile 9-11 were great. I was in a routine and felt strong. I was taking in the sights and really enjoying the race!And then there was mile 11-12. Ugh. I was back inside the main loop of the park, but there were still 2.1 miles to wrap around. My feet were hurting and I was ready for the race to be over. I was envisioning the finish line (which wasn't hard to do since I could essentially see across the park to it...) and the delicious beer that I had waiting for me. I pushed through but it was not fun.
|Pretty sure this is mile 12. Pushing through.|
|Ha! 13.1 done!|
My only goals for this race were to run the entire distance and to enjoy myself! Check and check. But I did also have a time goal in mind, which was 2:15. And wouldn't ya know...I finished in 2:14:52! Right on target!
After 3 months of training and not drinking, it was certainly time to celebrate my accomplishment! My cheer squad and I stopped at Queens Kickshaw for the most incredible grilled cheese sandwiches and a few beers! If you're in the Astoria area, this place is a MUST. It was definitely refueling at it's finest.
|Oh, hello beer! I've missed you so!|
All in all, this was a fantastic experience! I set a goal, trained for it and successfully accomplished it! I'm very proud of myself and can't wait for my next running adventure!