We headed on the road around 5:30am to go to the Summerland/Montecito 1/2 Marathon. As I was driving and getting closer to the location of the start the butterflies started to build up. I couldn’t believe that I was actually going to run a 1/2 Marathon. Was this really happening? I walked up to the registration with me trying to keep my knees from buckling as I tried to prepare myself for what is about to come.
I put my ipod on and then the count down began….3….Amy you can do it….2….YES I CAN….1….Okay here I go!!!!
As I started the race I just took it easy at first by the time I reached the half way point. The sweat was pouring down, my face was red and I had to get it together to finish it off. The hardest part about the race was the hills. Every hill I could not believe there was another then another then another. Where did they all come from. But I pushed through it and kept on going. The rest of the half I tried to take in the beautiful view as my legs started to feel like J-E-L-L-O. By the time I had a 5k left to finish I just had to talk to myself and encourage myself because if I was being honest I wanted to stop. The pain in my knees and feet were getting unbearable. As soon as I came around the corner and saw the finish I knew I had it. My eyes swelled with tears. There is something about accomplishing a goal that I have always wanted to accomplish coming together.
Having it actually accomplished is such a GREAT feeling! I can now say that I have ran a 1/2 marathon and yes I am sooooo glad that I did.
What have I learned from doing this:
That I can finish something that I put my mind to.
That even though I thought I could never run long distant I can do it.
That as of right now I will probably not do another 1/2 marathon.