Monday, May 2, 2011

What next?

This past weekend I participated in my very first (and probably last) half marathon.  What an amazing experience!  I have actually been training for this for quite some time, but the past few weeks got a little off track. I actually only made it up to 6 miles in my training so I was a little nervous about how I would last for the full 13.1 miles.

I had a very nice day to run it was cool and a little windy, but when it was at my back was perfect!  The first 7 miles I just so happened to run with a girl who ran at the same pace as I did.  We would cheer each other on at the mile markers.  She kept me going and got me past my difficult step of breaking past 6 miles.  She moved on a little faster and I started slowing my pace.  Mile 8, Mile 9 and then Mile 10.  I felt a big surge of emotion at mile 10 and actually teared up a little bit.  Mile 11-13 was just a complete mind game, but the last .1 mile I had Kendall (my sister-in-law) Melissa (my good friend since first grade) and Dicky  (my hubby) to cheer me on and a final adrenaline rush to push me past the finish line.  2 hours 13 minutes and 18 seconds, no walking and only a pause at the water station to grab something to drink.

What an awesome feeling to be able to push myself and accomplish my goal.  As mentioned I don't have a desire to do another one or even consider a full marathon any time soon.  I am very happy with running my 3 miles and being done, but I am so happy to say, "hey I've done that!"

The question now is what will be next?  Truthfully I don't really know.  I am happy right now just to get back to regular cross training, having time to garden and walk my dogs. 

Any suggestions are welcome!


PS Check out the Fitness Page for more pictures and a link to view my stats from the run.


Joseph and Melissa said...

Congratulations Julie. That truly is a great accomplishment and something you can be proud of forever, as well as use as a memory to push through other difficult times in life. I don't know what crazy adventure you will come up with next, but I hope I can be a part of it, or at least be there cheering you on!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Melissa, I use my 1/2 marathon experience to get thru some of the hardest physical and mental challenges in my life... "I ran a 1/2 marathon, I can do this...I can do anything!" Great Job Mrs. G :) I would love to do a 5k with you sometime soon, let me know!

Bill said...

congrats, julie! what a great accomplishment! i just had a post yesterday on the agency's blog about pushing through to complete goals. check it out if you get a chance ...