I ran my first half marathon is April. The only time I had run distance was about 3 or 4 ten mile training runs. I was signed up to run in the 5k (that's my distance), but my wife got hurt before the race. Since she was signed for the half marathon and I hate losing money, I decided to go for it.
I was doing really good for the first 7-8 miles, then I started to feel it. I was trying to go too fast. I wanted to do the half at 7:30 minute pace. That was not going to happen. At mile 11 my left leg starting bother me. I had passed two friends a few miles back and I did not want to let them win, so I pushed forward. By mile 12 I must have looked like a rabbit hopping down the trail.
clapping with Scott P.
As I got with in sight of the finish line, I could hear feet. I knew it had to be one of my friends. I dropped from a 9:25 to a 6:48. It felt like I was flying... I had done it. I bet them both.
Jason S. and Kelly U. closing in.
Finish Time !
The point of the blog post was not that I finished my first half, nor that I beat two friends. The point was that I was stupid to run a distance race with out training first. I screwed up my knee. I think in that last "push" to win. It was a month before I could run with out pain. Of course 2 weeks after the half I was running in a 5k. :o) You just can't fix stupid, right. Six months later, I finally got my speed back. A nice 20:50 and then a 21:06 in 5k's.
I won't lie, I run for the medals. :o)
Month 7 saw me back at the half marathon distance. This time at Baltimore. I did not try to run as fast nor as hard. I finished in 1 hour 49 minutes. My left knee was good, but my left leg was not. The upper part felt like someone was twisting it. It has been a week and the pain is all but gone. So, what do I do? Sign up for a 5k on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. At least I can join the Half Fanatics Club. You need 2 halfs in 16 days. This will be 16 days, dead on.
Stupid, Crazy, or Totally Freakin' Awesome!