November 29th, 2015
“JUST KEEP GOING | “Experience has taught me how important it is to just keep going, focus on running fast and relaxed. Eventually pain passes and the flow returns. It’s part of racing.” -Frank Shorter
Stuck in traffic on the way to the Race. Parked and ran to the Start line 4 minutes after the race began – it was a rough start, but we made it!
Joined the crowd and immediately began absorbing their positive energy. Welcomed the hills with a familiar shuffle. Slowed to hydrate and couldn’t help but smile at the amazing support volunteers – caught myself giggling at many of the signs. Got into my flow and overcame stretches of pain and cramping. Around mile 9 I began to feel the cold intensify and noticed many runners slowing around me. My body whispered to slow down, “just walk for a little bit” – but I knew I could keep going, and if I did stop, it would be that much harder to get going again. The last mile was the toughest for me – knowing that I was only 1 mile away from that Finish, only 1 mile from completing my First Half Marathon – it was definitely a mental challenge.
Then the overwhelming feeling when I crossed that Finish – it is so hard to describe! But I know I’m not alone in this, because as I waited for my friends and family to also cross that line – I saw so many other runners crossing and from their expressions I know that they were experiencing similar, if not the same emotions. The tears, the warm embraces, the joy and the pain – it was a beautiful experience.
Thank you to my family for supporting me every run while I’ve trained. Thank you to my friends and running fam who continue to inspire and motivate me. Thank you to those who were able to support me Running 4 A Cause with @kiwanis and @seattlemarathon!
This was my #firsthalfmarathon, can not wait to tackle another!
🏃13.1 miles 2:08:03 9:47min/mile”<<