Today I ran my FIRST half marathon!
My daughter, Candice, and I got up early and drove to Mapleton Park where we loaded on buses that took us to the starting line. I was concerned about Candice. She is 5 months pregnant. She had decided she'd do a run/walk to get to the finish line.
(Candice at mile 11)
The bus dropped us off an hour before the race started. We stretched, walked, drank water, visited the port-a-potties and listened to instructions. Then the gun went off and the race began. I like that time when we're all trying to get to the start line. That's the only time I'm shoulder to shoulder with those who run 7 minute miles!
Most of the time we were running downhill. I found out that downhill running is hard on these old knees! By the time I got to mile 6, I was feeling it, especially in my left knee. It wasn't just stiff and tight, it was painful! I kept praying it would hold up for me and it did.
By the time we were running down main street heading to the finish line. I was limp running. You know how that is; push off hard with the right foot and a quick step with the left. I'm sure those who were on the side lines watching will try that form of running next time they're in a race. It was quite impressive!
(I was trying to be brave - I'm brave to post this picture)
I crossed the finish line at 2 hours 26 minutes and some seconds.
Candice was a little bit longer. She has decided she'd rather be towards the back of the pack, that way when she crosses the finish line, all the cheering is for her only!
I heard a joke about the guy who ran his first marathon. He said, "Today I ran 2 marathons, my first AND my last!" I have never run a full marathon but I think I could do another half...once my knee feels better.
When I picked up the packet at "The Runner's Corner" I heard a woman explain to another runner that the reason there's no shirt in the packet is because it is ONLY for finishers and we'd get it at the end of the race! I asked the person who gave me the packet if she could show me the finisher's shirt to see if it was worth finishing or not. She didn't.
What do you think? Should I wear it to church?