I Survived the Women's Half Marathon!
For the last six months, I have been training to become a half marathoner. I have had an injury. I have had PRs. I have had slow days. I have had great runs. And I have had really bad runs.
I never would have considered myself a runner. I actually never thought I would become one or have any desire to become one. The reason I signed up to do this half marathon was because of a good friend of mine named Jess. Jess was doing the Rock n Roll half marathon last year, and I jokingly said to her, "Hey, by the end of the year I will be doing one!" I don't think I really meant it, but when registration opened, Jess called me to remind me! (By the way, Thank you Jess! I am so proud for doing it!)
Fast forward 6 months... I am an Ambassador of Health for the Women's Half Marathon, and I am running in it! WHAT!!! That is crazy! In the process of all of that, I became an ambassador to Polar, Fitfluential, Sweat Pink and Girls Gone Sporty. Crazy right?? Polar has even sent me a racing jersey and I am officially on the Polar team!
I picked up my race packet at the expo on Friday. I was so nervous. It all seemed so absurd. When I looked at my bib, tears filled my eyes. I had really done this. I had gotten here. It was real. I had goosebumps.
On Sunday, race day, it was surreal. I felt almost detached from my feelings. I didn't really know why. I had expected to feel more emotions, but it was just calm. The race started and I just ran. I was doing pretty well til I got to mile 7. I had already run through Snell Isle and was headed toward the Pier. I was actually on the same trail that I usually run on my long runs. I suddenly got the worst foot cramp. I have never had one, and it sucked. I stopped to retie my shoes thinking that would help. This is when the "Mindy self-doubt" began. I began thinking things like, "What are you doing? You aren't a runner! You are in over your head!" There was some serious MEAN self-talk going on. I struggled for the next 2 miles or so. Both of my feet were cramping and it hurt to step. I was beginning to think that I would just walk when Irealized that I needed help. Suddenly, I remembered that ALL things are possible through Christ! Philippians 4:13. So I asked God to help me. I asked him to stop the negative thoughts and take the pain in my feet away. I talked out loud to God. I told him why I was running. I asked for help. I knew I need Him!
I realized that I was capable of doing this. I didn't feel great and my pain didn't go away, but I did shut down the negative thoughts in my head for some time. I realized at mile 12 that I was truly almost there! As I turned the corner to the finish line, I had tears. I realized that I had done this! That girl who was a pound away from 200 last January has run a half marathon!!! I wasn't fast and I was the last in my group of friends, but I did win! I beat the negative thoughts, and I proved something to anyone and everyone, especially myself!
I was so honored to be presented with my medal from a gentleman from our military. How humbling to be praised by someone who protects my freedom daily. This picture shows my excitement and more importantly, IT IS OVER!!!
I am going to sign up for the Rock n Roll Half in February. I don't love running half marathons yet, but I know they are good for me, so I am not about to stop! I am looking forward to focusing more on my weight loss and less on the running training.
Congrats Mindy! I'll join you as a half marathoner on december 1st! You did so great!ReplyDelete
So awesome!!! I cannot wait to hear about it!!!Delete
Congrats Mindy!! This was my first 1/2 and I did it last year. I couldn't do it this year b/c I was doing a 128 mile endurance challenge through the Florida Keys. Amazing what can happen in just one year! Keep up the good work, girl! Keep it up!!ReplyDelete
Slacker... haha! Just kidding! You. Are. Amazing! Period!Delete
Great job!!! I know how amazing it feels to finish a half. Treasure the memories!!ReplyDelete
Thank you Crystal! I will and am!Delete
Congrats on your first half, it was a great day!ReplyDelete
Thanks and you too!Delete
Amazing. So proud of you for doing it.ReplyDelete
You don't have to be fast, trust me!
You just have to work hard and be proud of yourself.
Thank you so much! Took me a while to be proud but now I am super proud!!!Delete
Congrats on your half!! You did great! My first half was also the Lady Speed Stick Womens half, in Nashville. I loved it! I got a tattoo on my ankle right before my race and in Hebrew it says "Yahweh my Strength". As I was running, I could just look down and see it and be reminded that He gives me strength to do all things, even run a half marathon!ReplyDelete
That is awesome! I am thinking if I ever run a marathon, I will get some sort of small tat :) shhh don't tell my momDelete
Wow, congrats!!! Such a great accomplishment! I'm totally not a runner either, but I recently signed up for my first half marathon in March (the RnR in DC). Training is definitely a struggle, but you're proof that it can be done! Thanks for the motivation :)ReplyDelete
Wow! Thank you!!! I appreciate the compliment. And I guess I am proof it can be done! HAve a great time training for yours and start looking for the next thing before your race so you have something to look forward to when you're done :)Delete