My First Half Marathon

December 06 2009

I completed my first half marathon on the weekend in Vegas... it was a great experience! They shut down the entire Las Vegas strip for all the half and full marathon runners... they started the race off with 4 sky divers, fireworks, and Bengal tigers at the start line... there were Cheerleaders, multiple bands along the way, Elvis running around and of course a 3 minute wedding chapel couples could stop in on along the way to tie the knot... only in Vegas! 

When I had made the decision to sign up for the Half Marathon I figured I'd be able to do it in an hour and 45 minutes or hopefully something close to it... I didn't know what to expect but I had 2 1/2 - 3 months to prepare so figured it was good place to start... I started training, trying to increase my speed and distance along the way, unfortunately a couple weeks in I ended up tearing my calf muscle and had to take 6 weeks off of running. I went to physio a couple times each week for over a month... I've never had a sports injury before so it was a little frustrating and painful! While rehabbing, I took up rowing to try to make up for not being able to run and I managed to get up to 7500 meters but that's when I strained my IT band... at this point I had only been able to do one test run which was 10 minutes long but because of the IT strain I had to take more time off running AND rowing and try to recuperate... all said and done I ended up having about 2 and a half weeks to prepare for the race... 

In those last couple weeks before the race I could only run every other day and increased my time by 10 minutes each time to avoid any further injuries... I was only able to do the full 13.1 miles once and I only ran on the treadmill up until the actual day of the race as I didn't want to risk re-injuring my calf.  I was a little stressed about my time and how I was going to feel seeing as it had been over 2 months since I had ran outdoors... 

The morning of the race I headed out to Corral 3 in the parking lot of Mandalay Bay and started to warm up while I waited for my groups wave start... it was amazing to run down the entire strip with all that was going on and I was making pretty good time... I had ran a little over 8 miles by the hour mark and had started to feel a little tired around the 10 mile mark but kept on going in hopes to finish somewhere around my original time that I had set of 1:45

I crossed the finish line with a time of 1 hour 44 minutes and 41 seconds, finished 1009th out of 17,827 (1/2 marathon runners) 207 out of all the women, and 35th in my age group, so all things considered I think I did pretty well and am happy with my time!
Article by (Train Online)  |  December 06 2009

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