My First Half Marathon: Brooklyn Mother’s Day Half, May 2017
After completing the 10 Miler DC CUCB race for the 2nd straight year, I decided that if I could run 10 miles, I could certainly run the more prestigious half marathon (only 3.1 miles more). My logic was: I’m in shape right now. Who knows if I’ll be in good enough shape to complete this athletic feat later in life, let’s give this a go!
With that, I signed up for my first half marathon. The whole half marathon was in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. I believe it was 4 loops around. I didn’t do any studying of the course besides knowing that it looped several times. I also had never been to Prospect Park. I did not realize there’s a not-so-fun gradual incline that I had to face 4 times.
This was a challenging course for me as it was a feat I had never tried to accomplish – from a mental and physical state. I had one goal — to finish. I didn’t care if I had to walk part of it, I just wanted to finish and say that I completed a half marathon.
I did a run/walk combo that last loop around. When I finished, I was absolutely done for the day. I think I spent at least 30 minutes lying on the ground hydrating and stuffing my face with bagels before I got up.
My overall time was 2:08:41. I averaged under 10 minute miles, which I was happy with. After this race, running a marathon began floating around in my head. By the same logic as earlier I started to think: If I can run a half, why can’t I run a full? I’m in decent shape now, let’s get in better shape and push for a full. There’s no better time to try then the present.
And with that I signed up for my first marathon – Disney World January 2018.