My First Half Marathon

Typing this post actually doesn't even feel REAL to me. My mind still hasn't quite comprehended that yesterday, I completed 13.1 miles and officially crossed the finish line of my first half-marathon. My body certainly comprehends that because it aches everywhere. Places that have never hurt before are hurting today. I'm talking intense pain all over from the waist down. Holy cow. 

Our day started with a 4:30am wake up call. I was a nervous wreck the night before and I swear I only slept maybe 4 hours! Jared and I got ready, grabbed our breakfast to go, picked up Kayla and Caleb and were on our way. Jared and Caleb had run this half-marathon last year, so they knew the course and Kayla and I knew we were in for a tough race. A very hilly course, and oh yeah, I definitely hadn't trained for this!
Pre-Race pics… so happy, no pain!
After parking and walking foreverrrr to get to our corral we didn't have long before the race started. We freaked out a little, took a group selfie and before I knew it we were headed toward the starting line. I knew the Flying Pig was obviously a huge race, but it doesn't hit you how many people are going to be there until you're actually in the thick of it. The fun music at the start line and the mobs of people cheering us on already was a great motivator! I was ready! Bring it on!
SO. MANY. PEOPLE.
I started the race listening to my iPod with some favorite running songs of mine. I knew they'd help me think of the race as any other run… at least for the first few miles ;) Kayla snapped this picture of us a little after mile 3, where clearly we were still feeling great.

Right after mile 4 my in-laws surprised us by being down there cheering us on with an AWESOME, huge neon sign!! We were all SO excited to see them because none of us thought anyone would be down there cheering for US. We ran over to them and gave them a quick hug and I think that gave us all a little extra boost of energy.

I ran better than I expected I would for miles 1-6. Since I'd hurt my hip I'd really slacked off and wasn't sure how it would feel Sunday, but surprisingly I kept going for those first 6 miles, slow and steady. That's when the BIG hill came and all of us were ready for a walking break. We continued on with a walk/jog/walk/jog pattern for a little bit, but by Mile 9 things were not feeling good.

Mile 9 was what I like to say was the most fun/last fun moment of the race--- "Let it Go" from Frozen was blaring and we all scream-sang it as we ran through, which the spectators found entertaining. Right after that though? Everything started hurting, and bad. Hips, knees, ankles, butt, legs… my body was giving out! Jared kept trying to motivate me and I'd jog maybe 25 feet and then walk. It got pretty bad, so we walked a good chunk of miles 10-12. I was disappointed, but I knew I was still giving it my all so that's what I tried to focus on.

I honestly never thought I'd see that finish line, but somehow my legs carried me there- even though they almost felt numb at that point! Jared tried so hard to be encouraging those last few miles, but I was spent. I could barely think straight I was in so much pain. But as we turned a corner and I could see the Finish "Swine" in the distance? I was able to turn on the gas just the tiniest bit and jog my way up to the end with my 3 BFFs by my side. Talk about a rush! Crossing that line, getting my first-ever half marathon medal and just being so thankful I didn't die!!! :)

People said I'd be hooked on these after I did one… and as of right now? I think you're crazy. However, when the pain subsides in a week (I hope!) ask me again. I'll let you know how I'm feeling ;)

58 comments

  1. YAY!! you go girl!!! That's awesome and so proud of you!! Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! All that matters is you didn't give up and clearly, you did everything that you could possibly do to finish! That's SO awesome. You now might have motivated me to train for one of these....MAYBE.

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  3. So stinking happy we were able to do this together!!!!!! I'm so proud of us and YOU for finishing! Still cannot believe we finished 13.1 miles!! It's surreal, and this pain I'm in is no joke!! Ha! Love you!!!

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  4. Look at those shiny metals!!! Awesome!! So sweet of your in-laws to come cheer you on! Congratulations to you all!!! =D =D

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  5. Congrats! So proud of you for pushing through and getting it done! You are awesome! I said the same thing after my first one but here I am 7 halfs later so I've learned to never say, "never" ;)

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  6. This is so awesome! Congratulations! I don't think I could ever run such a long distance, so definite props to you! :)

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  7. Awesome!! Somehow, you make running look like fun, congrats on pushing through!

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    1. Thanks girl! It was rough, but crossing that finish line was one of the best feelings ever!!!

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  8. CONGRATS!!!!! I remember you and Kayla signing up for this! Such an amazing accomplishment! Even though the end didn't go as planned, it don't for me either, you crossed the line and finished and you should be EXTREMELY proud of yourself! So many people would give up or not do it in the first place! Major props to you, you are awesome!

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  9. WOOOHOO way to go girl!!!! some of my husband's family ran the race and they said the hills were killer!

    Way to finish it!!!! You rock!

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  10. congrats on your first half!!! the course was ridiculous wasn't it? i thought i was going to die while running through eden park. those hills :( but that's so awesome your in-laws suprised ya'll!!

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  11. Yayyay! So proud of you guys! It's a killer course and yes the soreness....I think we all should have gotten today off work!

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  12. Good job! I'd have had to walk the whole thing not just miles 10-12. :)

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  13. Congrats!!! This is so exciting to see! So proud of you for sticking it out and finishing! Isn't it the BEST feeling seeing that finish line?! Glad you guys had fun too!

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  14. Way to go! An accomplishment for sure even with walking a little bit. You didn't quit! I ran my first (and I swore my last) half in 2007. I finished, but walked a good chunk of it. My toes hurt for weeks. Somehow, I've now signed up for a Rock N' Roll in San Jose in October with my little sister and best friend....hopefully this one goes better. Congrats on 13.1!

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  15. I'm sorry you're in so much pain but congrats on finishing... what a great accomplishment!!

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  16. Congrats to you - doesn't it feel awesome? I was ready to sign up for the next one as soon as I crossed that finish line last weekend... Trust me the high doesn't wear off for quite a while!

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  17. CONGRATULATIONS! So proud of you!

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  18. Congrats!!!! I'm so excited for you guys!! I wish your hips hadn't been a problem before the race but you still crossed that finish line because you are awesome!! :) I say your next one should be the Disney Half! :) You'll be way too distracted by all the happy things to feel any pain!

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  19. What a proud moment! I'm sure my body would be partially in shock after running that far/long! Congrats!

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  20. Congrats!!! You are so impressive! I'm hoping the pain will go away soon so you can feel as awesome as you are!

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  21. You're a rock star! Congrats!!!

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  22. Congrats! Way to start off the fitness challenge with a bang!!!

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  23. Wow you are amazing!! Such a great thing to experience with your hubby!!!

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  24. Yay, congratulations!!! Such a huge accomplishment. So awesome you were all able to do it together!

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  25. I can't even imagine, this is awesome! you are amazing and inspirational. way to go!

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  26. Woo!! Good job girl!! That's awesome!! And love that you guys all stuck together for the whole race...and sang together :)

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  27. So freaking proud of you! This is awesome....hope you heal fast!!!

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  28. Congrats! This is such an accomplishment! Yay!

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  29. Congrats on your first half marathon! It's such a big accomplishment. The Pig was my first half and I'll always love the race. Make sure to drink a lot of water this week, do some stretching and take some Advil if you need it. You'll be feeling better in no time!

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  30. kudos to you both for taking on the half. I agree you may be crazy to do it again!!!!

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  31. Congratulations on finishing your first half marathon! Let your legs (and mind) rest a little and you never know, you may be signing up for another one... sooner than you'd think! What a wonderful accomplishment!

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  32. Ohmygoodness that's amazing!!! There's nothing like race day :-) I hope you go back and keep running half marathons, it's so fun to keep improving!

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  33. Many congrats! I knew you would finish! I'm so happy for you!

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  34. Congrats on finishing the half girl!

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  35. I'm soooo proud of you guys for finishing. That is so incredible!!!! There is no feeling like having hundreds of strangers yelling and clapping to help you push through some rough patches. Congrats on crossing that finish line! Hope you have a nice relaxing recovery week :)

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  36. WOOOOOOOO! You. Are. Awesome. Give it a week and see what you think :) Also, I freaking love your race selfie! I cannot for the life of me take a good running picture, but that one rocks. Super congrats! Wear that medal proudly!

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  37. HOORAY!! Way to go, lady!! You did it!! How exciting. I would LOVE to be able to run a half marathon....maybe some day!

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  38. Congrats on your first marathon - such an accomplishment! Your in laws surprising you all is so sweet - its definitely a motivator to have someone cheering you on

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  39. CONGRATULATIONS!!! So proud you ladies (and your men)... show off that bling ;)

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  40. Congrats on finishing your first marathon! :)

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  41. WOW congrats! Such a great accomplishment and you should be proud for sure! I did my first - and only so far - back in fall 2012 and I'm probably going to do another this fall. Trust me, I felt the same way right after (definitely was ready to check it off my list) but I really can't want to do another!

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  42. Awesome job!!! The important part is that you finished it :) and mostly had fun.

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  43. Congratulations! Your first half marathon is also a special one and I bet you will do another one :) Make sure to stretch, roll out and take care of those legs :)

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  44. Ahh congrats lady, you should be pretty proud of yourself for such a huge accomplishment!

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  45. Congratulations! That is such an amazing accomplishment, and it sounds like you had a great crew of people supporting you. I just ran my first race (8k) at the end of March and I'm trying to decide if a 10k or a 1/2 marathon might be the next one...but I just don't know if I'd actually enjoy 2 hours of running.

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  46. What a HUGE accomplishment! And I love that you all were able to run it together! What an amazing experience :) Keep stretching it out, girl. The pain is worth it, right? Sorta??

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  47. So proud you and Kayla making it through this! I never would be able to run it! I would have to walk the entire thing! It sound like a great way to see the city though :)

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  48. Congratulations! And you're awesome for pushing through to the end, I hope the pain goes away asap.

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  49. Congrats, girlie! Sorry that I've been away so long & not commenting on your stuff. But I'm glad to hear that most of the race went well & that you rocked it! Good for you! :)

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  50. you are incredible!! congratulations!

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  51. Gosh that sounds so painful and hard! My girlfriend wants me to train to do one with her but I have to walk part of just one mile as of now so I think I am pretty far off ;-) Congrats on making in through!!

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  52. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you - you set a major goal and you did it!

    Let me tell you about the time I walked the half marathon... I had signed up for it but didn't train like I should have so I decided to just do the 5k. But the day of the race I figured I'd start walking like I'd do the half, and in the first 7 miles there were opportunities for me to drop out and either be close to home or to my gym. But then I started seeing people who had finished with their medals and I got all fired up and became determined to get one of those. So I kept going. Round about mile 9 I thought I was going to die but at that point I pretty much had to keep going. So much pain! But I finished!

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  53. Congrats, friend! I've run two half marathons and they are a blast. Training not so much, but the actual race is fun when you look back on it and don't think about miles 10-12. Mile 10-11 seem to be my worst. But you did it!!!! I cried when I crossed the finish line of my first half because I was so happy to have finished. It's an amazing feeling and you should probably ride that high for a while :) Hopefully the aches go away soon!

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  54. Congrats on finishing your first half marathon!! It's great that you were able to run with friends/family! My first was with my brothers...definitely makes it more special! Congrats again on this fabulous accomplishment!

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  55. WAY TO GO!! i just really think that i would never be able to put my body thru that!

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