Sunday, April 5, 2009
Training for the St. George Marathon kept my emotions on a roller coaster ride. Since it was my first big race, I didn't know what to think. The longest I ran prior to the race was 20 miles. At the end I remember feeling excited, scared, competitive, anxious, overwhelmed, exhausted, and determined. I think my thoughts were focused more on the nervous/anxious/scared feelings all the way up until the gun went off at the starting line. When I signed up for the Provo Half-Marathon, I thought it was going to be simple compared to the full marathon....it was still tough.
As I ran yesterday, I couldn't help thinking about the pros and cons of this race.
The pros were: I was in a familiar area and so I knew where I was the whole race, I had great music to listen to, it wasn't raining, I recognized faces on the sidelines cheering us on, we ran through neighborhoods and I found my favorite house, and I pushed myself to make it in 2:10 but ended up crossing the finish line after running for 1:59.31!!!
The cons were: I was in a familiar area so I knew just how far away from the finish line we were, my shuffle wasn't fully charged so I ran half the race listening to my own thoughts, instead of rain we had snow and wind blowing against us, I was embarrassed to have people see me run (stage fright, I guess?), my favorite house had an older man watching us through his window without a shirt on, and now I have to beat my time next race!!!
Can't wait for the two other races left this year! Once you start it's like heroine....seriously....runner's heroine.