Tuesday, 22 May 2012
my first half marathon
After I finished my Social Work degree (yay!) in mid-April I realized that I was no where near prepared for this race and every time I tried to run more than 12km I felt exhausted and very discouraged. A few days ago, before the race, I tried running 18km just to see if I could really do it and I had a really hard time. I walked a good part of my run and I felt really unprepared for the actual event.
So when I woke up on Sunday morning, I was really worried and nervous. I couldn't even finish my peanut butter banana toast, which I desperately needed for energy! Luckily, the weather was absolutely perfect. We couldn't have asked for a better day for a running race in Halifax. No wind! Blue skies! Anyone who knows Halifax knows how rare these weather conditions are and they make for a great run, let me tell you. Once the race started I began to feel more confident. There were so many lovely people cheering the runners on with hilarious signs, bells and whistles (literally!). By km 3 my legs and knees were burning which is rare for me but likely had something to do with the fact that I didn't allow my body enough time to recover after my 18km run a few days before. Alas, I pushed through and focused on my Bluenose playlist (Destiny's Child: Survivor is a particularly motivating tune that stands out) and eventually my legs started to go numb and I forgot about the pain. At 15km I said to myself, ok Brooke you are running this entire thing! No walking allowed! And guess what? I ran the entire thing. In 2hrs and 10 minutes and I can't wait to improve on my time and run another race soon! It felt so amazing to accomplish something physical. I'm lucky enough that I've had some recent academic achievements but its been a really long time since I've had an athletic achievement. Its nice to feel semi-athletic and fit! A friend of mine recommended a similar marathon event in Wolfville in October and I am sooo excited to run that race!
So yeah, I did it and I can't wait to eventually run a full marathon, but for now I'll take some time to rest.