13.1 Miles

Hi everyone! I know I’m a couple of days late with this post, but for a good reason! Since this weekend I’ve been dealing with all kinds of sinus issues, ear aches, etc. so I’ve spent my time trudging through the work day and then going home and straight to bed. Fortunately, I am starting to finally feel better today so I thought it would be a great idea to avoid work responsibilities for a second and update you all with how the half marathon actually went!IMG_1711

First off, I actually finished! My time wasn’t great (3 hours and 5 minutes) but I FINISHED. I would also like to point out that at no point did I experience a “runner’s high” and I actually was not appetized at all after running. The organization that hosted the race had a huge lunch spread with local restaurants and beer and I could barely manage a IMG_1716banana. After the race I limped on back to the house where I showered and slept and then hit the road back to Tallahassee. Seaside is a beautiful town and it was very hard to leave and head back to reality. Below are some revelations that I had about the whole half marathon thing that I think would be helpful to know for anyone embarking on their first race:

  1. Take advil beforehand. I honestly think that saved me immediately after the race in terms of aches and pains.
  2. Epsom salts are amazing in the days after to curb soreness. I am generally not a fan of baths, but this really did help!
  3. FIGURE OUT THE CHEWS BEFOREHAND. I am on the fence if the chews worked or not, but the fruit smoothie flavor tasted amazing so I think I would use them again if I ran another race. However, I didn’t realize how much of a struggle it would be to open them while running. Next time, I will transfer them to an easy to open ziploc.
  4. You will hit a wall. It will be okay. Miles 1-6 were honestly a breeze. Then I hit mile 7 and it felt like the end of the world. I started having serious stomach cramps, my legs felt heavy and it just seemed like I would never finish. Despite the wall I just tried to focus on my breathing and putting the next step forward, but I felt like the “wall” feeling lasted until I hit mile 10.
  5. The wireless headphones I mentioned were great, and I highly recommend them. I would also go ahead and purchase a running belt because that came in handy.

So would I run another half marathon? If you asked me on Sunday I would have said no. But today I actually found myself looking up races for the future. I don’t think I would ever go beyond a half marathon, but I would like to check out a triathalon maybe soemtime next year. On Friday I’ll be signing up for the Springtime Tallahassee 10K. This will be my third year running this, and I’m actually excited to participate having just completed 13.1 miles. I hope everyone has had an easy week so far and is making lots of fun plans for the weekend! I’ll be travling to D.C. for good fun and good company, so i’ll be sure to keep you updated! (unless I get sick again)

-Melissa

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