My first half marathon is in the books. It was an amazing experience.
I’m glad I decided to document it during the run. I knew I wanted to catch the pre-race festivities on SnapChat, but I felt so good during the run that I decided to take snaps then as well.
Put them all together in the YouTube video above.
My race strategy was to take it easy the first six miles and then gradually pick up the pace in the second half of the race. Not long after mile six, I ate two nasty hills. Definitely slowed me down, but I recovered.
I finished in 2:16. I couldn’t believe I got that time. I spent almost the entire training cycle only running once a week. I was healing up my hamstring, and then I hurt my foot, and then my knee was bothering me, etc.
I couldn’t train for speed the way I wanted to and couldn’t run as much as I would’ve liked to. I could only train for distance the one day a week I could run, and then the rest of the time was strength training, stretching, and bike/elliptical work.
All of that, plus the fact that I’ve only been running for six months and am 35 years old, makes me incredibly impressed with myself that I finished in 2:16. I finished a half-freaking-marathon in that close to two hours my first time out there.
I was really glad that my mother was there at the finish line, as well as my boxing trainer Freddy Marratto. He helped stretch me out afterwards. My post-race meal was eaten at DiNic’s in Reading Terminal Market. If you’re a Philly local and have never had their roast pork sandwich with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe, you need to stop reading this blog post, go there, eat it, and then come back and finish reading 🙂
I basically spent the rest of the day relaxing and eating. By the end of the day, I ate my entire roast pork sandwich, half of my mother’s meatball sandwich, a root beer float, some hummus and pita, Philly pretzel bites, four oranges, and a Clif Bar. Those half marathons take a lot out of you, ya know!
The most amazing part of the race was just being there with thousands of others. When we got through the starting line and I was running with that large group of people down Ben Franklin Parkway, my face lit up. It was awesome.
It’s awesome being part of a big Philly running community. It’s awesome being part of something bigger than me. It was so incredibly awesome being out there with all those people doing something that we worked so hard to get to. Well, at least I’m sure most of us worked hard to train for that race!
I loved it and can’t wait for my next race….which is in three weeks! Broad Street Run is up next. After that, I’m gonna concentrate on running shorter distance races over the summer. I loved doing that half marathon, but training for it is time-consuming and takes a lot out of you.
I look forward to lightening the running load over the summer so it can be more fun again and I can spend more time doing other things, such as building up my freelancing practice.