I survived the half marathon despite not training for crap. It was my worst half marathon ever but it was also the least effort I put into a half marathon ever so I deserved that time. I ended up finishing in 2:35:22, I was aiming for 2:20:00, I knew that was ridiculous but a girl can dream, right?
I was actually doing really well until I hit mile 8, we went into a tunnel, I lost satellites on my Garmin for almost a mile and it screwed me up. Once I lost track of how I was doing it was over, I slowed down and suddenly became acutely aware of the giant blister forming on the bottom of my left foot. After a mile of walking on and off I also realized that my foot hurt just as bad walking so if I ran it would be over sooner.
At mile 11 my right quad decided it had enough and started cramping, luckily there was an aid station and I got a salt packet, downed some water and walked it off for a bit. By mile 12 I was running strong again......and then these jerks decided to put a freaking hill at the end of a half marathon! I ran up the whole thing but was pooped by the time I got to the top. It was an ugly finish but I ran it in....at a snail's pace.
At the end I was frustrated with myself for not training for this. It was a gorgeous day, the crowd support was great, the course was great (except that hill), the water stops were great, there was so much potential and I squandered it by not being prepared.
I was dreading this race, I hadn't fallen back in love with running when I stepped foot on American soil again like I expected (I'm not sure why I expected this). I hated every training run I did (which wasn't many), I couldn't get excited about running no matter what the distance and because of that my longest run was 7 miles.....and that was 4 weeks ago. I see now that I should have just signed up for a 5k or 10k, I needed to be around runners, I needed to be reminded that I am part of a community, I needed to remember that I belong in that community, I needed to remember that I earned that community and that I wasn't going to give it up any time soon.
I'm currently looking for a half marathon to redeem myself this Fall, I guess this was the kick in the pants that I needed.