So this past Sunday, I ran in the Saskatchewan Marathon and did the Half Marathon race. This was my very FIRST half marathon. I was training for it, but I have to admit my training ending up slacking. I was kicking myself during the race. Training is kind of a big deal. Noted.
The weather turned out pretty good, the rain held off until later in the afternoon. The only thing was the wind, it was horrible to run the second half of the race against it.
I think pretty much from mile 1 to mile 13, I was saying to myself “why am i doing this…”. But in the end it was totally worth it! And I look forward to doing it again next year.
I felt a little emotional before and during the race, for some reason I just wanted to cry, but I held back.
Mile 4.5 and mile 5.5 I almost puked, terrible feeling.
I was able to run with someone from mile 7 to mile 10, it was nice to meet someone new and chat with them and complain about the pain and the wind. But I sort of left her in the dust after mile 10. I had a goal to finish in under three hours, so off I went.
I met my mom with her video camera at about mile 11. She was so proud! And I was so excited to see her. She met me at the finish line as well.
The last bit of the race to the finish line was uphill. omg I hated every second of that hill. But once it got flat and I was just seconds away from the finish line, I took off. I ran with all my heart. I saw my boyfriend on the side, I smiled and waved.. almost in tears. I didn’t actually see my mom as I crossed the finish, but she was there with the video camera again! I loved having the support of family there. My mom was tearing up when she met me after I finished.
I earned my medal. And I am dang proud of it!
Official Time: 2:58:48
I wanted under 3 hours, and I got it.
In all sorts of pain, but I was still smiling at the end.