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“What did you do this weekend?” “Oh, I ran a half marathon”

Does anyone know how long I’ve been wanting to throw that at someone?! The day finally came! I COMPLETED MY FIRST HALF MARATHON!

I’ve done some (in my opinion) very cool things in my life, that makes my life resume look good. But I got to the start of the race of the Huntington Beach Surf City half marathon this past weekend and thought “I really had no problem paddling into 13 foot waves last September, why am I about to pee my pants at the start of a 13 mile race???”

It was something new to me, I had no idea how it was going to turn out. The whole “I paddled for 8 hours I can run for 3” mindset was not setting in. Throughout the whole race for as far as I could see were PEOPLE. Thousands and thousands of PEOPLE. Sprinting, walking, jogging, running. Tall people, short people, thin people, fabulously curvaceous people. EVERYONE was doing this. And everyone was doing it at different speeds and rates. The hills were a killer! The heat just added to my misery, and the hard pavement didn’t help at all. But to say “I’m a half marathon runner” after the race, was something to be proud of. photo-2

It took me just over 3 hours for my first runway half marathon. My time could have been affected by me taking pictures at mile markers and texting to the group of girls I was running with. I trained with 5 other girls for the last few months to meet this goal. I definitely couldn’t have done it without them! I’m not a runner, and they pushed me to be better runner I am today, than I was a year ago. 

I finished my race with a big smile! Grabbed my foil jacket, medal and snack packs they were handing out! The thought “i could do this again” never crossed my mind. What did come to mind though was I can do better. 

photo-1Next on the list: San Diego Wild Animal Park Half Marathon in May

I think ill have more pics on instagram during the race than the actual mileage on that one…

 

Goal: Half Marathon…Wait! That Includes Running, Ya?

Half Marathon

13.1 miles

WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKING?? I know what I was thinking. I was thinking I’m going to look just like the girls in the Nike commercials and ads with the perfect thighs, and awesome looking calves. And I’m going to come through the finish line looking amazing and my hair will not be a frizzy mess and the pictures will look better than ever. uh, WRONG. 

My calfs are killing me, my thighs have never felt like this before (which is obviously a sign of some sort) and I’ve come to realize I will NEVER, EVER, EVER (getting back together HA  just kidding…a real taylor swift fan would laugh) look good running. Ever. 

One thing that’s keeping me to this training schedule; is the group of friends I have pushing me. We are all at different levels, however we all have one common goal: TO FINISH THE SURF CITY HALF MARATHON ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY. Yeah, super bowl sunday, I’m going to be done with my half marathon before the stay at home dad’s get up to watch the football game.

This is just the beginning. I’m tired and sore. But I feel great, I have a great group of friends training with me, and I’m going to finish this half marathon. It’s completely out of character for me to do this. My whole family knows I hate running (I’ve really never been a runner, I used to fake asthma in elementary school so I never had to run around the basketball courts…fo’ real). Even though I played basketball throughout high school and we ran  ALOT, it was always for short periods of time and I was usually chasing a ball (insert dog joke). But I feel like this is a good change in my life right now, something positive to work for. Something that at the end can say “Yeah. I just did that.” I can paddle 13.1 miles no problem, but let’s just see how this “running thing” goes.

My own personal goal: To finish this half marathon in February and want to run another one. 

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