Monday, February 4, 2013

Cori on the Run

At some point in my life, I decided to be one of those people who likes to challenge themselves.

This is how I ended up in calculus.

You think I would have learned my lesson. You would be wrong.

It's also the reason why I'm training for my first marathon (thanks a lot 15 year old self for setting that goal, and 27 year old self for deciding it's time to do something about it).

And finally, it's the reason why I decided to try to run a half marathon in under 2 hours after 1 month of training. If I was still in high school, it wouldn't be a problem, but I'm 10 years and 20 pounds past that.

I started training for the marathon/half marathon on January 1. I followed the program without missing a run and even added in yoga twice a week. I noticed my pace was slowly increasing, and realized sub 2 hours might be possible. Difficult, but possible.

The first several miles felt great. I was about 300 yards behind the 1:55 pace group until mile 7. I was tired, but on track to come in under 2 hours.

And then at mile 10 I hit the wall.

Stupid wall.

Everything hurt. I was so tired. I found myself thinking, "Why on earth did I sign up to run twice this far?"

And I slowed wayyyy down.

And then the 2:00 pace group passed me.

Sad face.

I managed to pull it together for the last few miles and was so happy when at mile 13 some spectators said, "It's just around the corner! You can do it!"

My goal was still in sight! I lengthened my stride (no energy to sprint) and watched as the race clock ticked over to 2:00.

I finished my race in 2:00:19.

Talk about disappointing.

But on the bright side, I set personal records for fastest 5k, 10k, and half marathon. I also ran faster for farther than I have in several years.

And I am very proud of those accomplishments.

Mile 1: 8:48
Mile 2: 8:45
Mile 3: 8:37
Mile 4: 8:31
Mile 5: 8:49
Mile 6: 8:51
Mile 7: 9:01
Mile 8: 9:04
Mile 9: 9:11
Mile 10: 9:31
Mile 11: 9:44 
Mile 12: 9:21
Mile 13: 9:20

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