Before I get on with what I learned from running my first half marathon I have to say that I’ve suffered (enjoying?) runner’s high, I’m sure you’ve heard of it (or even better, experienced it)! It’s been 5 days since I’ve completed my first half marathon, and I still feeling excited about it. It was reignited today when I received the official race photos. Warning: this post is full of race photos purchased from Zoomphoto.
Images by Zoomphoto
Here’s What I Learned From Running My First Half Marathon :
- It’s was difficult, but totally doable.
- 21.1 km is a really long distance, and I have to admit to getting bored during my training.
- I had to use many different mental strategies to get me through the race.
- You have to train yourself to get mentally tough.
- 6 weeks of training was probably not enough, but it was better than no training.
- Icing my legs will helped in the recovery.
- You need the right equipment, like a fuel belt, a hat (on hot days), Body Glide to prevent blisters on my feet and some energy chews or gels.
- 5 and 10 km races are still my favorite distances.
- I would totally run another half marathon again.
- I don’t have any plans for a full marathon anytime soon.
In January, I set my goals for the year. I only had two, to run my first half marathon, and to compete in my first triathlon. I’m so excited that have crossed one of these goals off my list. Now that I’m over with my half marathon, I’m diving in (literally since I’ll be doing some open water swims soon) my Triathlon training and I’m super excited for this one because I’ll be accomplishing this one with my identical twin sister Julie.
I’m going finish this post with some images of myself at the finish line. I’m showing off my best race face, and I’m damn proud of it too!