Goal #1 was to enjoy the day and the memories. Jared and I ran the full marathon last year. It was three weeks before we got married on the beach in Carlsbad, so it was super special to run the course again with my now HUSBAND! We actually ran by the place where we exchanged vows and again, it really was so special…
Goal #2 for the half marathon was to avoid re-injuring myself.
Last year, we were off and running with the other marathoners in the (very chilly) predawn darkness of 6am. This year, as half marathoners, we didn’t start running until 7:30am. The sun was out and it was considerably warmer than last year.
We were 4 miles in when I was finding my groove and feeling fired up. Jared said he was going to back off and urged me on. I decided not to look at my Garmin anymore, but simply focused on running light and easy and pain-free. At the first twinge of discomfort, I promised myself I would walk.
And so I forged ahead and zoned out. I’ve often described running as meditative and zen for me and this was definitely one of those awesome zen experiences as I floated along, light and easy.
I felt a twinge in my right knee just shy of the Mile 12 sign, so I briefly slowed to a walk until an elderly couple hobbled past me. Then, I was back in the game (nothing against the elderly, because this duo was seriously kicking A… even if I did smoke ‘em in the last mile…)!
Given that I was hoping to run 11 or 12 minute/miles and finish somewhere in the ballpark of 2:30, I was flabbergasted to approach the Finish Line and see 2:13 on the clock. I hit the stop button on my Garmin as I crossed the mats and broke into tears when I realized my tag time would be under 2:10. Sure enough, the official results were just posted and it’s no fluke!
Garmin Time: 13.21 miles, 2:09:53
Official Time: 13.1 miles, 2:09:53
I have no idea how long it’ll take to get back under 2 hours or to break last year’s PR of 1:53, but I’m overwhelmed with joy to be back to doing what I love most with the man I love most. Next Monday, 1/31, we’ll kick-off our 18-week training plan for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon and after today’s 13.1 mile welcome back party, I am feeling SO ready!
|In the limo on the way to get married… the most indescribably daunting, overwhelmingly emotional moment of my life… much like the moments before a marathon|