Since I’ve completed my 2nd half marathon, I want to share some thoughts I had during the process of completing the race, since I feel like they we’re similar both times. Keep in mind a half marathon can take a few hours…these thoughts are most definitely reoccurring.
Do I have to start running now?
The races are always so early in the morning. Since races usually block up streets, they are done early to keep the neighborhood people happy. I also like to think that races are held early, so I don’t have to be running out in the hot sun.
It’s so cold out here!
The race started at 730am, so it was a little chilly out. This race had an extra chill factor, since the course was by the water, on the Atlantic City boardwalk.
This isn’t so bad
I didn’t take off running up a hill, like I did at the last half-marathon. There weren’t any hills at all! The weather was a little chilly, but the sun was out, and the views by the beach were beautiful. I was feeling especially grateful for the flat boardwalk.
I can feel the burn!
Mile 4 is almost a mile beyond a 5k, meaning the race is just getting started, still! After a few sets of running, my calves started to burn a bit, but using the galloway method gave me a nice break to recover my body instead of jogging as long as I could from the beginning.
Whew! I did enough running right?
Getting close to the halfway mark is so excitingly terrible. You’re so close, but so far. Around this point, I was ready to do a little more walking, and a little less running.
I’m going to take an extended walk break.
Taking 30 seconds or a minute more to walk and regain energy is worth the time. It may seem insignificant at the time, but it is well worth it when you can cross the finish line, and not feel like dying.
Am I finished yet?
You’re not mistaken. I really did miss the mile 7 marker, but you already know what I was going to say. Am I finished yet?! This feeling intensifies from mile 8-11 because the finish line is so close, yet still so far away.
Why did I agree to do this?
So of course I want to be healthy. I want to exercise, but a half marathon is just one of those crazy things that people do, but it is not necessary or indicative of being in good shape. AKA why couldn’t I just go to the gym?
I’m really sweaty
It was really cold and windy at the beginning of the race, so I was layered up, but of course the exercise and the sun warmed me up. I just dealt with it, but I did find out afterwards that a lot of people wear old clothes for discarding as they warm up.
I’m not last, am I?
There are all shapes, sizes, ages, and paces at the race. I have been surprised overtime by the amount of seniors that I have seen on these race courses. I won’t mention how many of them were not behind me.
This is my jam!
The closer I got to the end of the race, the more I felt like I needed the motivation to keep going. Even though, I was saving my battery for the race, a phone battery just couldn’t last playing music, and taking videos. A portable battery should definitely be part of my race gear for next time.
I can do it!
The finish line seemed so close at mile 12, atleast until mile 13. That point 1 was definitely the hardest part.
At the end of every race I have done so far, I have felt the same way, until my body recovers, and I am able to really be proud of my accomplishment. It always impossible until its done.