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? 

5 comments:

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

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

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

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  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.

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  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.

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