Two years ago I wrote a post about my first half marathon and it began with “So somewhere in the past few months I went from saying “I’m not a runner” to finishing my first half marathon.”
After having 5 half-marathons under my belt I can confidently say that I am a runner. Technically, I was a runner the first time too as there is no such thing as fake running. But what is different now is my mentality: I think I know what I am doing and I think I should be faster.
Long story short, I expected to get a PR (personal record) but I was far from it. In fact, my other half this year wasn’t great either time-wise. I have to refrain from beating myself over it. I desperately wanted to update my running chalkboard but today just wasn’t my day.
Despite the disappointment I have to remember: I don’t run for PRs.
There are so many other things I love about the sport and I can’t forget about that.
- What was extra special about this half marathon is that I trained with Fleet Feet SF. I met so many amazing girls (and a couple of guys!) during the training and I had a blast! I actually think the best part of the marathon was doing it with a wonderful community. I’m going to have major withdrawals!!
- The weather was pretty perfect for running. Not too warm but definitely not cold either.
- I ran the entire race without music! It might have made it a little more challenging but I think that’s an accomplishment itself :).
- My boyfriend biked to the cheering sections and held up some hilarious signs. I loved it.
- My parents and grandma came from Cupertino to congratulate me at the end. They have been to so many of my races!
- Oh yeah, did I already mention the new friends I made from training? So much love for the program!
- The time, but I went into enough detail about that already.
- The crowd!! I was slightly frustrated that racers were WALKING within the first mile. If you want to walk, by all means do it but please be respectful and sign-up for your wave or move to the side. I had to start out walking because there wasn’t space to move!
- The lack of an expo. Nike usually blows my expectations away with the pre-race expo but this year there wasn’t one! They had you scramble around to different stores to collect “special edition earrings” which you would only receive after hearing a sales pitch. Extremely long lines and not enough supply. Shame.
But like always the highlights always surpass the disappointments and it feels good just to be done! Now it’s time to celebrate another finished half-marathon and REST.
Will I do this race again next year? Not too sure yet…but will I keep on running? Most definitely :).
What keeps you running? What motivates you after you didn’t have a “successful” race?
P.S. If you like the Chalkboard Race Medal holder, you can find it on Etsy!