I Ran My First Half Marathon

Another mile stone reached. As always, I didn’t planned any of this. I wanted to do my usually 7-8 mile run on the weekend. The weather and the body lend themselves to go the extra mile or two.

I’m excited to share with you that I ran my first half marathon distance.

The breakdown

Half marathon = 13.1 Miles.

Recently, I’ve been “easily” doing 5K+ during the weekdays (around the beautiful lake). I put “easily” in quotations because remember I have been doing this for 2 years now.

(If you’re starting to compare, please be fair to yourself. My conditioning is not the same as yours.)

On the weekends, I run 7-8 miles. Sometimes pushing it a bit farther. The win here is that I don’t usually end up super tired where I need a lot of time to recuperate. You can say 7-8 mile runs have become the norm for my weekends.

One weekend, I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could do 10…and I did.

I’d go on to do 11 miles and 12 miles at some point. When I did 12 miles, I was very disappointed.

So close to a half marathon distance. Oh well. One day.

The 12-mile run scared me because I almost passed out on my way home. But the seed for challenge had been planted.

One fateful Saturday cool afternoon, I decided to go on a route I hadn’t been on a while. I paced myself pretty well, not pushing too hard.

It’d be funny if I could run my first half marathon distance today.

I thought to myself. Then…

Heh, why not?

I noticed myself going for the distance. I combined two of my usual routes. I was freaking tired. I couldn’t feel my legs. I felt like I was walking on the clouds.

13.20 miles. 2hours, 15 minutes.

My pedometer read to me in my earphones.

A huge smile came to my face. I placed one of my favorite song and raced home.

Yep, after running for over two hours, I summoned energy to run (not jog) home. I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited!! (Still am)

Final tally:

Over two years of hard work summarized in one picture.

It’s all hard work…and consistency

It took me over two years to achieve this. No short-cuts, no silver bullets. I ran every other day in every season and cut down the bs excuses.

I can hardly believe such a crazy milestone. But I want to make it clear that this was never my goal (I don’t believe in goals).

One day I decided to go out running and have some fun while at it.

On my next post, I’ll tell you my brief story how I reached this awesome (and unreal!) milestone.

You can do it too! Start running today. How do I know it works? Look at picture above 🙂