Running has been a journey for me. I am the self-proclaimed “anti-runner”. I like it but I don’t love it. I (puffy heart) love yoga, Zumba, spinning, and anything outdoors A LOT more. But my friends run and running is undeniably healthy for you, so I run.
Who would have thunk it?
This past weekend I ran (and walked) my first half-marathon, the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Half Marathon Run/Walk. Did I train the way I should have? Heck no. Work, life, and just not having my head in the game affected my training schedule immensely. I keep thinking if I would have trained fully, would I have done so much better.
The actual run/walk overall was awesome although the first hill nearly killed me and left me for dead. I legit wanted to quit.
The race was very organized and the volunteers were great. The trail? Incredible! I had never fantastic-voyaged up there and it was truly beautiful especially with the Fall foliage. Running along the river and being in nature = bliss. My fellow runners and walkers were friendly and encouraging. Although, my much faster friends were way ahead of me, I relished running alone and Beyonce, Diana Ross, Taylor Swift, the Wu-Tang Clan, and a host of other music inspirators guided me along the longest I had ever ran or walked in one shot.
At this point (around Mile 7), I am with a few runners but mostly walkers. I was mad at myself for a bit and then I realized my race, my pace.
This was at Mile 12. Whoever, you are this encouraged me and made me laugh. What does this apple comment mean? I’m sure whoever it is for appreciated it!
I will never be a fast runner. Or an elite runner. I admire these people tremendously. I also admire those that go out there and run and walk because they love it. Or me, that simply likes it. Likes being part of a runners’ community. Spending time with friends. Running for health. I can be a faster (for me) runner though and I’m excited that they may happen soon with more preparation and training. Here’s what I learned:
- I did not vomit before, during, or after the race. I ate toast with peanut butter before the race and had Gatorade Gels at 20 minute increments. This is the first race, my stomach felt OK. I also made sure I took my multivitamin, Adora Calcium Supplement, and stayed hydrated throughout the race.
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- I did not cry or injure myself during the race.
- I finished (!!!!).
- I didn’t wear compression pants. I must wear compression pants. Compression pants ordered.
- I let mind over matter crush my spirit around mile 8.
- I let someone get to me post-race. I don’t do well with people that patronize me especially someone that doesn’t know me, my journey, or what I am capable of.
The last failure hurt the most. I have to learn to be more thick-skinned and just press CTRL-ALT-DEL in those situations.
On Monday, I was so sore but I was able to walk around and do my “thang” with lots of water, Advil, and quelling of my Inner Mean Girl. I compared my soreness to the day after the hardest leg day at the gym ever. Today I am achy and operating about 80%. My ankles and calves hurt. It hurts to circle my ankles. My glutes aren’t as sore. At least, It doesn’t hurt when I cough. Running my first half-marathon was tough on my body and I am nervous about running the Trenton 10K this Saturday.
But would I do it again? Run this half-marathon nonsense? Yes.
When I got home I forgot about all my failures and remembered why I run. Because I sorta like it. For health. And to show those who matter most like my husband and my sons what I can do. It didn’t help that when I got home, my husband picked me up in the yard and carried me around and my neighbors walking the neighborhood shouted “Oh my, what happened?!” and I replied:
“I just completed my first half-marathon!”
I already marked my calendar for the next D&L Half Marathon walk/run (November 6th, 2016)! And yes, I am a glutton for punishment. But next time I won’t be running my first half marathon and I will PR and it will be glorious. I’ll learn from my successes this round and continue to take Adora Calcium. Adequate amounts of both calcium and vitamin D are crucial for helping to protect bone health throughout life and preventing Osteoporosis.