On Sunday I ran my very first half marathon. It was long overdue! I had promised myself that sometime in 2017 I would make it happen and thankfully it happened just before the year ended otherwise it was going to be one goal that never materialised. I trained for my half marathon for nearly 12 weeks then stopped at some point because I genuinely lost interest. The thought of running a whole 21K scared me and I told myself I wasn’t built for it and that was perfectly okay.
However, because of the current December Challenge that team Fitness In The Park is hosting I was 5 days behind on the challenge and chose to up the amp by running a long distance; it’s a no brainer that I chose 21K to climb up the leader board.
The night before my run I dreamt that I had woken up at the time I had set my alarm and it was broad daylight. I was annoyed and cancelled my run because I’m not the best runner when the sun is out. I woke up to my alarm ringing and laughed out loud because this run was clearly taking over my entire life!
Soon as I got up I emptied my bladder nearly 5 times because I didn’t want to have to stop along the way for a pee break. I also think it was the nerves kicking in because I knew that this run was going to be taxing on my entire body!
One thing happened to me during my run that I think every first half marathon runner should be wary of. I FELT SO HUNGRY around 11K mark but I had to keep going, where was I going to get food from at 4:30am in the middle of nowhere?
Everyone has been asking me how I managed to run for 2 hours and 26 minutes none stop. I have no magic formula for this, the honest truth was that I told myself that I can slow down but I won’t stop and that ladies and gentleman is how I broke the mental barrier and smashed my first half marathon! Oh, not forgetting the after run selfie and the NRC achievements!
A few highlights of my run:
- I started my run at 3:40am
- I ran 10K #JustDoItSunday with the Nike Run Club community.
- I ran non stop for 2 hours 26 minutes and 18 whole seconds!
- I wasn’t listening to any music, it was just me and my thoughts that went from yay I’m so happy to be doing this to you know what, it’s really not too late to turn back and go home.
- I used a sock to hold my phone. Believe it or not but it’s way better than those phone arm bands that they sell. You can make your own, YouTube is your friend!
- My body felt like it didn’t belong to me after the run. My legs felt like jelly and I was convinced I was going to collapse and die right there and then. However, nothing felt as good as knowing that waking up at such an ungodly hour was worth it after all because…did I mention, I ran my first half marathon!
- My toes were and still are painful but the rest of my body has completely healed, I even ran 10K yesterday and plan on running two more 10K runs this week.
- Next stop Victoria Falls Marathon in 2018!!!
I’m currently suffering from fruit cravings and I’ve been having them in abundance. Oh, and I’m hungry all the time!
How was your first half marathon? What are some of your highlights and regrets?
For some first time half marathon runners here are a few tips: 21K Training Tips