*This picture was from our first surf city half marathon!
Many of you know that around 5 years ago I ran a half marathon. Before that I never thought of myself as a runner. I barely trained for that race and I finished it injured. After a few years of physical therapy trying to figure out what the actual pain was from we found out it was my back. I have a fracture in my L5 that creates weakness in my left side and over use in my right side. I did a lot of physical therapy thanks to FORMA and relearned how to run.
This year is the first time I actually have enjoyed running again and started building my distances back up. I signed up for the surf city half marathon and started training for 13.1 miles. My training runs were beautiful and I really did love running again. I decided to schedule longer and longer races leading up to surf city so that I would be forced to run. I ran a 5k with my students.
I ran 10k race in napa.
My roommates and I ran a marathon relay together. (More about those in other posts later.)
Almost all of my long runs were in the rain and the short ones in the snow, but I felt ready for this race
My goal for this half was to finish before 3 hours and to feel good when I finished. I decided to run with my mom at her pace. I knew it would be slower than I would normally run but I also knew I wouldn’t be as sore and I would enjoy it more.
The morning of the race I was feeling good. I was excited and not really intimidated. I was ready! All the training had paid off and I knew I could do 13.1 miles.
The whole race I ran with my mom. We talked and people watched.
We even ran with Elvis for a little while.
It was a really enjoyable race. Towards the end I started getting bored and ready to be done but, I knew I only had a couple miles left.
Crossing that finish line felt amazing! I never thought I would be able to run longer distances again. I never thought I would run a half marathon again. And now I am looking forward to more half marathons!! I can’t believe it.
Never let anyone tell you that you can’t! Put your mind to it. Train smart. And work your way there! You can do it!