I did it. My first half marathon is complete and respectably so. My time was 2:40 and that means I kept up a fairly steady 12 minute mile pace. Normal for me on a long run.
It was super fun running with thousands of other women. I was never alone. I was constantly passing people or being passed. Occasionally I found someone to run with for a while.
See Jane Run puts on a great race – plenty of water, great volunteers, amazing energy. And Alameda is a nice place for a run course – we were on the water’s edge a lot of the time which kept a warm day comfortable with a light breeze off the Bay.
Things I’ll do differently next time:
1. Trim my toenails. I think one was a teensy bit long and over 13 miles that adds up.
2. Carry my own water – then I can drink more over a longer period of time. I ended up pounding 2-3 glasses at each water stop to avoid dehydration.
3. Remember to sunscreen my face. I was so good about doing my arms, legs, back of neck but seem to have spaced on my face. At least I was wearing a hat.
4. Find a really good lightweight longsleeved running top (any suggestions?) because even though my arms didn’t burn I felt my body starting to O.D. on the sun exposure.
And I have got to find a way to take an ice bath. It was over 2 hours before I got home. Do they still work 2 hours later?
My legs are aching and not in a good way. My knees did start to hurt at mile 9 and while it wasn’t debilitating pain it feels like a warning. Suggestions? Will training for longer distances help?
I’ll let you know how well I’m walking on Monday 🙂