I did it! I finished a half marathon!
This morning, I woke up early (4:15!) to catch a shuttle for the Phoenix half marathon with my friends Alicia, AJ and Vinny. I’ll be frank, I didn’t train like I should have and was nervous. For the first nine miles, I maintained a solid 11.12 minute mile pace. Things began to go downhill as my knees began to kill and eventually I did have to walk about a mile and a half. I managed to get it together and limp/run the final mile, crossing the finish line in 2:50:26. Due to my lack of training, my only goal was to finish under 3 hours and it felt great to cross that finish line.
I had a blast on my run and am fully planning on running another. The workers were friendly and the supporters were awesome! I never noticed how wonderful it was to have people cheering for you during a 5k but it made a huge difference in the half. My favorite ones included a bunch of young kids jumping up and down in excitement to give us high fives and the college kids who were handing out dixie cups of BEER to the runners. I seriously cracked up when I saw that.
So with that said, thank you to all the volunteers and all those who support the Phoenix Marathon. Congratulations to all the runners today! Finishing is a great accomplishment.
Next run for me is Pat’s Run on April 20. Spots are still open but they will go fast! Sign up to Run, Walk, Honor.