My Half Marathon :)
I ran my half marathon on Sunday, May 16th, 2010 starting at 7:30am. I ran in the Mississauga Marathon with my sister 🙂
All in all, it was a great experience.
Let’s start with my thoughts from training, shall we?
The Beginning of my Training Thoughts
Training for a half marathon is hard work. When I first started training in February, it was so hard to get up in the morning at 5:45 am to get to the gym at 6:00am and run at 6:15am. Very, very difficult. It was so dark out!
When I first started running, I was working at running 10 minutes without taking a break on the treadmill. After a few runs, I realized that I was running way too hard, and I needed to slow my pace down. I didn’t even know that I had a “happy” pace! Once, I found my happy pace (approximately 5 mph), I was able to run longer and take shorter breaks. I remember the first day that I could go on a 1 hour run, and not need to take a single break. Such a triumph 🙂
When I first started training, I ran on the treadmill. I think it’s a great place to start.
You can pick your own pace because sometimes you don’t know what pace you’re running at when running outdoors.
You can stop to rest whenever you need a rest, and rest for as long as you need to.
When the weather got warmer, I started running outdoors. Little did I know that running outdoors is much harder than running on a treadmill.
You need to remember that no matter how far you run, you always have to run back!
You can rest, but if the weather is cold outside, your body also starts to cool down very quickly, and you need to keep running to stay warm.
You encounter hills, slippery surfaces, rodents, cars, bicycles and many other obstacles when running outside. Always be mindful of your surroundings and make eye contact with drivers, cyclists, etc., before crossing the roads.
The night before race day, I laid out all that I needed the next day: running gear, hat, iPod, shoes, gel packs.
I was too excited and nervous that I didn’t sleep that well. I woke up to all sorts of little noise that I never noticed before.
But at 4:15 am, my sister and I were up! We changed, ate breakfast, and were on our way at 5:00am.
We parked at the finish line area, and caught the shuttle bus to the start line.
At 7:30am, we were off!
The trail was beautiful! There were a bit of hills, but only one big hill. There were beautiful mansions that I passed by in awe on Mississauga Road.
I took on a slower pace than usual, since I knew I needed to go longer than my usual runs.
I walked and got a drink at the aide stations- every 2 km. Nothing more refreshing than water on a sunny day out running!
My first break was at the 10km mark. I felt quite good and energized! I also took a gel pack to give me a boost of energy. At 16km, was my second break, I still felt good, but I also started to feel tired. At 18km, my body was telling me to stop and I started to walk more, and take more breaks.
At 19km, a fellow funner encouraged me to keep going since I was almost there. I picked my tired legs off the ground, and ran the rest of the way. The last 100m were the hardest! My knees were really hurting me, and I could just see that I was so close, but not there yet. People cheering and chanting really made a difference, and I finished as strong as I could.
My legs and knees were burning after. It was then that I realized I hadn’t trained enough for my half, but it also felt so good to be done.
2 hours and 35 minutes 🙂
21.1km or 13 miles
What are some of your experiences in training or preparing for a big “event” in your life?