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I ran my first half marathon today!

Fujichants2010-05-01 15:34:21 +0000 #1
I participated in the Disneyland Half Marathon today. It was humid, muggy, and uncomfortably sticky outside. It sucked. I am still very tired and have a headache (dehydration?) Even though I got water at every rest stop. There were a lot of walkers, and this seemed to mess up my pace, so around mile 4 I already started getting tired. Then, my stomach felt all topsy-turvy and I thought I was going to throw up. About 5 minutes later, I got chills and shivers and had to walk. I really think it was because of the weather. I have no problems running 10 miles during my training runs, so why was this so damn tough?

I find it very difficult to get into my zone when there are so many people around (I believe 11,000 people participated), especially when they are walking and pumping their arms so it is hard to get around them. There were some tough hilly areas, which killed my knees.

Overall, my official time is under three hours, my net time (chip time) is 2:43:08. I was aiming for a 2:30 finish, but considering I felt so sick at certain points (which caused me to walk), and it is my first half marathon, I can't really complain.

BF finished it in 1:43:32. I want to be fast! Why can't I be a born runner? Sigh.

Syndirelah2010-05-01 15:45:49 +0000 #2
Hey Fuji--

Congrats on your first half!!! So awesome!!! Sorry the conditions were less than perfect. And never compare yourself to a guy... they cheat!

I had a similar first race experience, I felt like crap and terrible weather (it was RAINING... I could feel the blisters forming from my first step)--and I was slower than I had hoped. But I think its a blessing in disguise-- an opportunity to learn how to deal with the unexpected!

Way to go, you should be proud of finishing your first 13.1! (...when's your next race! )
Fujichants2010-05-01 15:53:27 +0000 #3

I know what I did wrong...I took 600 mg of ibuprofen before the race, even though it was strongly advised not to by the race organizers. This caused my upset stomach and dehydration. I will never do that again!

I am looking for a next half marathon...something fun like Disneyland...
tygab2010-05-01 15:54:46 +0000 #4

Originally Posted by Fujichants

I am looking for a next half marathon...something fun like Disneyland...

Congratulations! you will have this to look back on both good and bad for all your future experiences - and they are addicting! You had a good time for your first (or tenth, for all I care!!).

Are you in a part of the country you can train outside year round? If so, finding some other halfs should not be too hard to do. Take some well deserved rest and then set yourself a new goal. My sister who has done several marathons says "once you've done a half, you can always do a half." I did my first in May and I see what she means (with some training), but it is not a given to me...
OakLeaf2010-05-01 16:01:18 +0000 #5
Way to go Fuji! Great job!



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