Half Marathon 1/5/14
The race was an out and back run...6.5 miles each way. The out way went really well and I stayed on pace. I was the slowest in the race, but that's okay. My husband reminded me that I wasn't racing them, but my old self. On the way back, it was a downhill slope for me. I train in the morning, before the sun gets too hot and demanding. This race started at 8:00...so it was sunny all the way. It was forecasted to be cloudy all morning, but I guess the weather didn't watch the report. The way back was soooo hard because of the sun. I was getting slower and slower because I was getting dehydrated. I had a huge cramp in my left calf because of it. But, it didn't matter because I finished. Though it seemed like forever I completed the task. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, but it brought complete satisfaction to me. By the end of the morning I was totally exhausted. My body hurt in places that I didn't know could hurt. Goodness!
It was a fabulous day. I am so glad that I did it. It was a bit of a fear that I had. Afraid of long distances. Afraid of having to run that long. Afraid that I would fail. So, what do I do now? I am planning on working on getting faster. That is my next big hurdle. I am way too slow and if I want to run for a long time I need to get faster. I need to find a training schedule to do that and see how far I can go. Thanks to those who prayed for me, encouraged me and kept me going. Those long runs were hard and made me push my limits.