Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Two Years Since Philly

November 18, 2012 is a day that will forever be ingrained in my brain. It is the day that I completed my first half marathon, in Philadelphia. 

I could not imagine that one race could change my life so much! I busted my butt to make myself proud in my first attempt. My main goal was the finish before the first marathoners. I also wanted to go sub-2. 

During this training, I had dislocated my hip. I ran with my hip out for almost six weeks, setting my 10k PR in the process. While training I had clocked myself at a 1:47 half and I knew I could do sub-2. My hip popped back in about three weeks before the race. I couldn't get my rhythm back. I was hoping for the best.

The first few miles were very crowded. I was not having fun. As I started to seperate myself I could actually enjoy what I was doing. The crowd support was amazing. I have yet to experience crowds like that again. 

I have a few friends that live in Philly so Joe hung out with them trying to find me random places on the course. I was happy to see them when I did. 

With about a mile and a half left I could feel a huge stick in my shoe. I stopped to pull it out and noticed that an energy gel exploded in my pocket. I'm surprised it didn't freeze it was so cold!

As I was coming down to the finish line I heard the PA announcer saying that the marathoners were at mile 24. YES I WAS GOING TO BEAT THE MARATHONERS! I crossed the finish line with a teenager who was so excited. I found Joe and my friends and proceeded to eat all the food I could! 

I officially finished in 1:51, which is still my half marathon PR. 

I keep the magnet from the race on my fridge to remind me everyday of one of the best decisions I have made in my life. 

I cannot believe that this was only two years ago. I have met the most amazing people, traveled to fun places and been inspired by so many. I hope to go back to Philly one day and run the marathon. It changed my life more than I will ever know! 

Where was your first half marathon? How much has in impacted you life? 


  1. This is so awesome, Steff! I'm so glad you made that decision, too. ;) Thanks so much for sharing this and congratulations!

  2. Happy half marathoniversary? :) That PR is going down in 2015.

  3. This is awesome! One day I hope to run the Philly Marathon. Did you like the course for the half?

  4. Kiawah years and years ago, didn't train, didn't care, didn't really run much again.
    Really, CHS 4 years ago. That is when the running bug bit.
    I have heard great things about Philly.

  5. Love this post. So nice to remember such a meaningful race. My first HM was a miserable experience, so I just try to remember my second (good) one as my real first.