Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!
It’s been about 6 months since I ventured into running and I’m so happy to say I’ve completed my first half marathon!
My first half marathon was at the 38th running of the Manitoba Marathon. The course is flat and fast and for the first time ever they ran it in reverse. I’ve run the marathon relay before, but I’ve never been on the half marathon portion of the course.
It was extremely humid the morning of the run – at about 4am we had a huge downpour (I know because it woke me up 15 min before the alarm) but we didn’t get a stitch of rain during the race. We arrived early and used the shuttle service, it was wonderful and took the stress out of finding close parking.
When it was time to start I bid Mr A farewell at his starting line and met up with my race running buddy. We had never ran together before but once we figured out we were both running the half and that we run about the same speed we decided to run it together!
The first 7-8 miles were fairly good. We keep a comfortable pace and didn’t need to take any walking breaks. The humidity was rough but I had some water on me that we used between hydration (and beer) stations if we needed. It was awesome that a coworker happened to be watching the race in her neighbourhood and was able to take some action shots of us as we passed by!
From the 7 or 8 mile mark until the end, things got pretty painful. My lack of training coupled with the absurd humidity caught up with me and we ended up taking some extra walking breaks. We both started getting some solid joint pain and we took it easy so that we would still be able to finish running.
As we approached the end, the adrenaline kicked in and we crossed the finish line strong (after almost tripping into a pot hole!?).
When I told John Stanton the day before the race that I wanted to finish in less than 3 hours told me “you can walk it in three hours!,” so I’m extremely thrilled to say I finished my first half marathon in 2:41:42. AND I got a shiny silver medal to prove it!
While I have loads of room for improvement, there’s no way I could have ran this race without my race buddy helping to keep the pace and pushing me just a little bit harder than I would have alone.
I also owe a lot of thanks to everyone who ran with me, read about me running on the blog, or listened to me complain about running – your support really means so much! I also need to thank Ange for her insight, inspiration, and guidance during this very new-to-me adventure.
Most importantly I need to thank Mr A for supporting me during the process. Offering help and advice, encouraging me to get out and run, cheering me on when I had a particularly awesome training run, or listening and sympathizing when I had a particularly awful one. I’m so happy we got to train for this alone, together <3
I’m happy the Manitoba Marathon was my first half marathon race because it was also the first racing event I ever took part in. I’m looking forward to my future in running and I can’t wait to share with you what’s coming up next!
Let’s chat – Have you ever run a half marathon? How do you rest and relax after you’ve completed an event that you’ve been training for?