First Half Marathon in the Books!

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!

Published by ladyredtravel

I'm a small town girl who grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I love writing, rock music, and, well, traveling of course! I'm an aspiring travel blogger who started traveling internationally later in life at 21. So far, I've been to 15 countries and 6 out of 7 continents, with my goal to explore Antarctica at some point! When I'm not traveling abroad, I enjoy exploring locally throughout New England, going to concerts, trying new vegetarian cuisine, and spending time with my lovely husband, our precious beagle mix Sophie, and our beloved cats, Moose and Heidi.

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