It was the Lehigh Valley Half Marathon and boy o'boy did I come along way since then. I don't just mean in my times, I mean in the whole way I approach a race. But in my defense, I was not involved in any running groups, really didn't have any runner friends, and was not on social media. So how was I suppose to know?
Lets take a look.
* I didn't train like I should have. I consistently ran a 5 mile loop around my neighborhood. I was pretty good at that and thought "heck, what's another 8 miles"? I think my longest run was only 7.5 miles.
* I didn't know about "training plans" or GU ( or any other training fuel).
* I didn't have a pre-race ritual and ate whatever my friend brought me for breakfast before the race.
* I wore socks, a tank top, and sports bra all made of cotton. And get this, I wore fleece sweat pants! Yea, that seems like a stupid idea but I didn't know any better at the time.
* During the race I didn't take any nutrition or even stop for water.
* I didn't run with my ipod. I would not even think about running a race today without my ipod.
* I ran the whole time during the race, I thought if I stopped at all, I wouldn't be able to continue running.
* I didn't take any pictures during the race and I didn't even get a Finisher's picture with my medal.
I finished the race in 2:04 for my first half marathon. Even though I wore fleece and cotton, I was comfortable the entire time and fortunately had no chafing or blisters.
Afterwards, I felt good, and proud of my accomplishment, but didn't think I would want to do it ever again! And now here I am 9 years later and have several half marathons, full marathons, and even an Ultra under my belt, my running belt that is. Something I never even knew existed back then! -L
If you'd like to read the first post I wrote about the Lehigh Half Marathon you can read that HERE.
We are linking up with the gals from TOTR.