It's also the miles I RAN YESTERDAY.
(without stopping under the blistering sun in the wet heat along the shores of Rockport and Gloucester, MA on 43 year old legs/knees/and feet. Wow, that's a buildup!)
I have been basking in the awesomeness of completing this race since yesterday at 11:30am, currently I'm basking in some IcyHot, Aleve, and a little Jack Daniels.
Here's some things I learned/or observed/
and will share on running a half marathon
- You will sweat a lot. PROFUSELY.
- Anything mounted to your body, like an ipod sleeve, will slip.
- It's perfectly acceptable to pour large volumes of water over your head.
- You may start to obsess about someone running ahead of you (there was a girl in a NESCAC shirt who I swear was my childhood running friend Lisa Bragdon) Guy with muddy sneaker was another one I began to create a backstory for. It's fun and both people got me through several miles, thanks!
- You may convince yourself that your GPS system is malfunctioning. Clearly its turned itself off. I must be at mile six by now.
- You must suffer through any bad song on a your playlist -- so have that thing fine tuned.
- You are probably not in last place.
- You will find that ocean roads are gorgeous because there are no obstructions to viewing the beach, immediately afterwards you will realize that these obstructions usually mean SHADE.
- You will long for shade.
- You may ask young children to squirt you with garden hoses, you should ask nicely.
- You will notice that there are way less walkers in a 13.1 mile race than a 5K - who wants to walk 13 miles? Nobody.
- People who have made signs and are standing on sides of roads are good people, smile at them, if you can.
- As in any race, kids are the most fun to take water from, try to take water from a child. It will bring you good running karma.
- Crossing any finish line is a huge accomplishment. Savor it.
BIG RED X on a date way out in the future, but that's not true. I signed up for it on Monday. But that's not to say I haven't been training HARD AND STEADY for months. Just not for this particular race. I'd been adding distance to my long runs pretty consistently for 5 weeks now and was up to 12 for this weekend's run.
I thought, hell, if I'm gonna run 12 miles I may as well try for 13 and get a medal or some hardware for it. I saw this race and booked it. In hindsight, I wish I'd have taken pictures while I was running, but that may have caused cardiac arrest. For real, it was hot!