It’s been almost two weeks since I finished my half marathon and I’m still in shock that I had even completed it! I’ve only been running for a few years and I’ll be honest, I haven’t been consistent with a running routine. I like to consider myself a leisurely jogger! However, I wanted to cross off a major achievement off my bucket list: completing a half marathon. The original plan was to complete one when turning 30. However, due to the pandemic shutting down most races in 2020, I decided to wait until this year to sign up for a race.
I chose my first half marathon carefully, deciding to stick closer to home with a flatter course and a scenic coastal view. The Smuttynose Rockfest in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire was the perfect race for beginner half marathon runners! The race offered running along the coast, a post-race party with local bands, two beers, and a classic mini New England lobstah roll! All of which were well-needed!
Even though I gave myself 4 months to train for the race, I wasn’t even close to being prepared for it as I should, due to injuries, needing more time to prepare, and several more excuses. Before that day, I hadn’t even ran farther than 7 miles! But with some steady pacing and focusing on finishing over time, I was able to finish the race successfully without injury. I also managed to have fun and enjoy myself during the race, which is something that I find challenging while running (although I did hit a mental wall at around mile 10). Luckily I had my amazing husband running by my side to be my motivator for the entire time, who didn’t judge me for having to take some walking breaks. With his support, a scenic course, and decent weather, we were able to make it 25 minutes before the course cut-off time (I was expecting to finish last).
Now that I’ve completed a half marathon, my goal is to focus on becoming a faster, fitter runner. And while I’m not sure if I’ll ever complete a full marathon, I’d love to run a half marathon in every state! I also have my eyes set on signing up for my first ever triathlon…Stay tuned!
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