I did it! This weekend I ran my fourth half marathon!
Mentally, this was one of the easiest half marathons I’ve run. Although I was extremely nervous the day before, I felt so alive and fresh on Sunday morning. I just decided to have fun with it. I ran with a few friends for a while, and I didn’t listen to any music. I just let the energy seep into me, and it worked. Before I knew it, I was rounding the corner to the 11th mile.
While I was with it mentally, I wasn’t so much physically. I had side stitches throughout the race – at miles 4, 6, and 8 specifically. Likewise, my foot was in a lot of pain from my new shoes (which I opted not to wear, but the side effects were still there). Still, I ran throughout the entire race and only stopped once for about 10 seconds after mile 11. By the end of the race, my legs felt like jello.
On the ride home from the race, M asked me: “Well, is this your last half marathon in Pittsburgh?” I’d told myself it would be. Running beats me up and usually puts me further away from my weight-loss goals. But I couldn’t help but say, “I don’t know. I kinda want to keep the tradition going.” After all, I have all of these shirts from five really great Pittsburgh races. Shouldn’t I keep on adding them? 🙂
What a great weekend. So happy I completed another goal!