One Half Down … Two More to Go

I did it. I finished a half marathon. I could barely walk afterwards, and my hamstrings felt like they were going to snap, but I gathered my bling, got my picture taken in front of the Disney backdrop, and started thinking about the next one in line.

After gathering with the Team in the lobby, and seeing the looks of anticipation, fear, joy … all at once … in their faces we were loaded onto buses and off we went.

It was a progression of feelings throughout the race. I felt really good through the fist three quarters, settling into my normal run/walk splits after running the first mile straight through. My run splits for the first 5 were all in the 10:00 to 12:00 range. Right where they had been during training, so far so good.
The course was filled with entertainment … Disneyfied the whole way … but it made it easy to zone out and enjoy the run. Here are a few of my thoughts:
  • The pace was slower than I probably would have run normally due to slowing to take pictures and video, and the fact that when running through the parks it tended to bog down and you’d get stuck behind slower moving people.
  • Disney really knows how to run a tight and well planned race. The water stops were plentiful, to the point that I ditched water bottles before I started and never had an issue. They also had medical stations and medics on bikes.
  • The entertainment was non-stop which helped at the end, but did tend to slow the race down in spots.
  • During training I had never hit a “wall” not experienced “sore feet”, though I had been warned of them both. I hit my walk around mile 10 and it was hard to get through it …. harder than I thought. The sore feet started around Mile 12. It felt like I was running barefoot and on top of bruised feet.
After recovering a couple of days I want to do it again. I want to better my time. I want to run more … longer … faster. I remember thinking after I finished that I cannot imagine being only half done at that point, but I want … no … I need to try it. So that’s the new goal. A full marathon. In January.
Another item for the bucket list!

2 thoughts on “One Half Down … Two More to Go

  • October 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm
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    Thank you for sharing! Nice videos and again; Congrats!

  • October 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm
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    Thank you for sharing! Nice videos and again; Congrats!

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