After the Maryland half marathon I knew I wanted to give 13.1 miles another go! I ended up placing a disappointing third but had gotten a better time than at the last half marathon. I just have to realize that I’m not the best runner yet and I still have lots of work that needs to be done to fully become an elite runner. But I am definitely willing to put the training in! I had learned something today as well; testing other runners for weakness. There was a runner who was behind me and I didn’t even realize it until mile 5 when they popped up right next to me. After getting passed by the first two runners I knew I wasn’t going to let this runner beat me! What I had noticed through mile 5 through 7 is that when there were hills, they would fall behind. Knowing this, I gave every hill 110% in an effort to eventually pull away. As we approached the last mile, my plan worked and I had finished the race in 3rd!
After completing a half marathon as my last race I knew today’s race wouldn’t be so bad! I ran the McVet 10k today and boy was I sore. The second place runner had pushed me up until the 4th mile, I knew I had to break free from him, he was resting on my back the whole time! With 2 miles left I switched gears and left him behind without looking back!
Entering my first half marathon, I think I did pretty well. Coming in first by at least 3 minutes made me happy and wanting to do another! It was mentally challenging, it gives you a lot of time to think to yourself especially if you are trying to come in first! By the second mile I was ahead of everybody by a decent amount of time, I thought to myself…” I could really win this thing, just keep this pace up and don’t give up!” The course was definitely hilly but the worst part was the 12th mile, This was hard. Multiple uphills combined with little downhill is not an easy task, but I did not stop. It was at the end of the race, and just like that all the hard work I had put into the challenge had paid off. I had won my first half marathon!