Well readers, thank you so much for following this blog to track our journey towards completing our first half marathon! We have officially completed the half and did so with smiles on our faces. I will tell you about my journey and then Pita can get on here and post about hers!
|some shamrockers getting ready to race!|
I started the race more excited than I could have ever dreamed I would be. I was jumping up and down, counting down with the starting line guy...10...9...8...7...etc. And when he said "GO!", I have never been so thrilled! I started off at a pretty good pace, not too fast or slow. I was smiling and waving at all of the people cheering us on and it actually hit me... "I am running a half marathon! The day is finally here and I am actually doing this." Truth be told, I actually starting tearing up at this point...I was just so overwhelmed that I was accomplishing a goal that I had set for my self so many months before. Here's another truth: about 9 months ago, the furthest I could run was about a mile and I could only do it in over 10 minutes and had to slow down to walk immediately afterwards...now I was running 13.1 miles and feeling exhilarated!!! I was smiling and running and waving and saying thank you to everyone I passed. Our bibs had our names printed on them, and it was so amazing to hear people say "good job Carolyn!" talking to me...ME! I was doing a good job?! wow...it was so incredible to have all of that support. So, there you have it...I ran the first third with my personality.
The next third was a bit tougher...miles 5-8 were pretty tough mentally, not as much physically. This part I ran with my head. I knew I had to keep a decent pace if I wanted to be close to my goal of finishing in about 2 hours and 30 minutes. I just kept on trucking! There were a couple of DJs along the way...the first one playing Miley Cyrus "Party in the USA" was amazing...I felt like this was MY half marathon and the DJ knew that Miley was my jam! I just kept on pushing and told myself that if I didn't walk at all then I would be able to say I ran the entire half marathon without walking. So that's what I did...the only points when I stopped to walk were the brief moments where I got water at the water station...and that's because I'm super clumsy and would have spilled it all over my face otherwise!
The last part I definitely ran with my heart...as planned. Once I reached mile 9, I knew I was close. I was so pumped up I was trying to push others around me to get excited too! We were almost there...so close! I could feel the excitement welling up inside of my chest! I knew that Matt and my dad were waiting for me at the finish line and I was so excited to have the two of them with me to accomplish this goal. I was so proud of Arpita for going so fast and I knew she was up there doing great. I loved having her as a running partner, but in the end, I think it's best we ran our own races...she finished with an incredible time, and I ran the race knowing that I was accomplishing something for myself and that I could do it...the girl who could barely run a mile 9 months ago was finishing 13.1 today.
|Yuengling sandcastle at the end!|
I was so inspired on Sunday, I am now seriously contemplating running the full marathon at Disney in 2012. The other runners were such an inspiration and I hope that I served as an inspiration to some of them as well, and to you all who read this blog. I had one person behind me at the race shout out what was on the back of my shirt to inspire their teammates: "Pain is weakness leaving the body." I told her that I took the saying from the Marine Corps because it inspired me, and she said she was going to use it next year. I have a new quote for all of you now, though, and I'm sure you will understand why it is special to me: "Pain is temporary. Pride is forever."
I am so proud of my accomplishment and proud of myself for sticking to my plan, sticking to my goals, and completing one of the biggest challenges of my life. Thank you all so much for all of your support and for following this blog. And who knows, maybe stay tuned for the next step: Running Towards our First Full Marathon!
Love you all, xoxo Lynn