Tuesday, November 22, 2011

First Half Marathon Re-cap

As you'll recall from my post last weekend, I did a half marathon with some of my friends. I just wanted to let you guys know how it went! Sorry if you follow me on Twitter and you've already been bombarded with tweets about it :)

my feet turn out when I run...I feel like that's not right, so I'm going to try to correct it

We ran at a pace slower than what I'm used to, so as far as fatigue, I was golden! I stuffed myself full of carbs all week, so I had plenty of energy to burn. My legs, however, did not hold up all the way to the end. About halfway through, I started really feeling it in my knees. It wasn't really that bad though...so I just didn't think about it. I also had some pain on the top of my left foot that made me really ready to be done. Other than those two things, though, I felt pretty good. As you can tell from the picture, it poured rain on us a few times. I actually didn't mind running in the rain at all!  It felt pretty refreshing.


The last mile went by really quick. Once I saw that 13 mile marker, I took off. I was just ready to be done and eat some cookies! I think our final time was 2 hours and 54 minutes. We could have done better without the rain, but just finishing is good enough for me! I am looking forward to my next one. I have no doubt in my mind that I can beat that time for my next one.

I'm so glad that I got to do this with my friends Emily (1077) and Libby (2336)! The whole thing would have been a lot more boring without them to talk to :) Here is a before and after of us:

We took our ice bath together in Emily's huge tub. This may look like torture, but 15 minutes of torture is a fine trade in for being sore the following days. I was SLIGHTLY sore yesterday, but I'm pretty much back to normal today...two days later. I would probably still be hobbling around without that ice bath.

I'm so thankful that I decided to do this! The whole process (training and racing) has taught me that I can do pretty much anything I put my mind to (besides being president as Libby pointed out). I'm convinced that running largely mental...you just have to tell yourself you CAN! I know it sounds cheesy, but it's so true. 

I hope you guys enjoyed hearing about it. I'd love to know if any of you have done one and if you have any tips for me for my next one! Also, I'm going to post my favorite songs from my playlist for you all later this week.


cb said...

you are so awesome!!! congrats sweetie and it sounds like it went pretty smooth too besides the foot and your knee. i am sure it actually felt pretty good to get rained on, i am sure much better then running in 100 degrees!

Lynn said...

I'm so intrigued by your ice bath. Congrats on running the race though! I wish I could run!

Ana McMurry said...

Congrats Kristi, well done!!! In my opinion, running is one of the most effective workouts. As long as you enjoy it, keep up the great work. Looking forward to hear you've run a marathon in the future:-)

Unknown said...

the ice tub gave me shudders! I easily get cold and can't imagine sitting in one of those

Anonymous said...

You rock Kristi McMurry. That is all I have to say.