Last weekend I went all the way up to Santa Barbara where I ran my first half marathon. I was so excited about this because I worked hard to get in shape and to be able to run a good time.
The Wednesday before the race I had a little accident. I woke up at 6am to go for one of my last runs before the race and for some reason I fell down. It must have looked really funny, but it actually hurt. I landed on my hand and (already injured) leg and rolled on the street. Luckily nothing worse happened, but anyway, the timing of this was the worst timing ever. Not only was I hurting and did my iPhone screen break, I also started stressing out for the race. If you work towards something for months and then you fall and you think this might ruin everything you’ve worked for, that’s not a happy thought.
I decided to stay positive and to use all my natural Arnicare pain relievers to solve this problem. It actually worked out perfectly and by Saturday morning I was all good to go. Those gels and creams have seriously helped me out so much! I feel like I always got injured on my right leg when I ran too many miles a week (I guess that’s my weak leg) and during my training program I always felt so much better after treating myself with the Arnicare products.
During the race there were people holding up little boards with a time (1:50, 2:00, 2:10…) and I decided to follow the 1:50 guy, because I wanted to finish the race in less than 2 hours. I was able to follow him for the first 4 to 5 miles and then I lost him. I feel like I ran really well till mile 6 and then there was this really big hill that was almost impossible for me to run on, so I walked the whole thing and lost a lot of time. I’m so happy I was wearing my Fitletic hydration belt, because even though they were handing out water every couple of miles, I feel like I get dehydrated so fast, so it was good to have the water with me during the whole race.
In the end I finished in 2:11:28, which is still a pretty good time for a first time half marathon finisher and even though I didn’t reach my goal of running it in less than 2 hours, I’m so happy I finished it and I’m pretty proud I did it! I received the coolest medal (in the form of a wine glass!) which I was very excited about and I also received a goody bag with breakfast! 😉
What was the time of your first half marathon and what was your best time ever? Let me know in the comments below!