So, like I was telling you guys here, it was last August and I was bored
out of my mind, craving a challenge! I had literally never run more than 3
miles before without stopping and I thought it would be a super idea to run a
half marathon. I mean WHY NOT? It’s only August in Arizona, 195 degrees
outside, why not train for a half marathon?!?! I mean c’mon GO BIG or go home
The race I selected was in Long Beach,
California – the 2012 Long Beach International CitiBank Half Marathon. There
was no real reason for choosing that particular race, except for the fact that
it was on a weekend that I was actually available to run and it ended up
working out great because we have family in southern California as well. The
majority of the course was also along the marina and the beach, and seriously,
how could I deny a weekend at the beach?
attack, which resulted in her passing away a few weeks later. Initially, we
really thought she was going to make it, and at that point I had decided I
wasn’t going to go through with the race. It was so far from my mind because at
that point and my only concern was Nannie! After Nannie passed away, the
doctors said that she really was the miracle of the ICU. Nobody thought she
would make it even one night after her heart attack and she fought for two
solid weeks. She was a fighter, she was stoic, and above all else she left behind so many great qualities that I will always try to live up to.
After Nannie passed away, I would just
go out and run to clear my head and try to deal with all the emotions. I wasn’t
running for time or for mileage, just simply to get some release. It was the
first time I really had a mental connection with running…a feeling
of peace, tranquility, and being free.
on a commitment or bailed out of something and it was time for me to take all of
the negative energy I had and convert it into something beneficial and positive
in my life. That is when I decided to just do it, focus my attention on what I
had originally committed to, and run the race.
half-marathon training plans. I pretty much had no idea what I was doing, NO
IDEA at all, so I picked the plan that was easiest for me to understand. A lot
of the training plans (even beginner) were way too technical for me to
understand. I just wanted to run the race, finish the race, and mark it off my
bucket list. After searching for a while, I came across this beginner half-marathon training plan from Fitness Magazine. It was really pretty with all
kinds of bright colors and icons, so I thought that would be do just fine!
|See how pretty!!|
started to follow the training plan, and I’m not going to lie, it was really
tough! It was really hard to stay motivated and picture myself running more
than 3 miles, but I stuck with the plan. I know it sounds weird, but for my
first half marathon, the training was really the best part of it all. Every
weekend there is a “long run” and you basically tack on a mile
or a mile and a half to your long run each week. It felt so awesome to surprise
myself week after week. The first time I ran 3.5 miles without stopping, I was
amazed with myself, then the next week it’s 5, then the next week 6.5 and so
on. It really started to become a mental game at that point. If I could do 6
miles, why can’t I do 7…If I can do 7 miles, why can’t I do 9 and so
|Race Day, 5 AM, Nervous as hell!|
|Personalized bib with Nannie’s Birthdate…8.26.1928. I didn’t see it until the morning of! Awesome surprise!|
had no idea what a good finish time for a first half marathon should be, so I
just took the average pace of my training runs and set my goal to finish at
under 2 hours total. When I actually arrived at the location, I was overwhelmed by the amount of people that were there. It was literally a sea of thousands of people.
1/2 minutes faster than my target time!!
wasn’t even comparable to the feeling of accomplishing something that I never
thought I could ever do. It was simply incredible. It wasn’t about who I had
done better than, or who I had run faster than, it was simply the fact that I
could say I ran a half marathon, something I couldn’t even visualize 8 weeks
- Date: Sunday, October 7th, 2012
- Temperature: HOT! It got really hot. I think it was almost 80 degrees that day!
- Size: Large – about 23,000 participants (including all events)
- Course: It was pretty flat for the most part, with a couple spots (from what I recall) around mile 3 and mile 11. The fact that it was on the beach was awesome, but the sidewalk on the beach was not as open as the street, making it more crowded and difficult to pass people.
- Scenery: BEAUTIFUL!!! Absolutely insanely gorgeous. You started near the marina, ran past the Queen Mary, the city had the waterfall going off for the occasion, the majority of the run was on the actual beach, and then finished in the city, downtown area of Long Beach, with big buildings. VERY VERY COOL! .
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Crowd Support: AWESOME! People were cheering us on the whole way! All of the streets were lined with tons of people cheering us on, giving high fives, and holding up signs. There were even people camped out on the beach waiting for us to run by 🙂
- Overall Atmosphere: AWESOME! The crowd support was really motivating and the scenery definitely did not get boring either! This race was a winner winner chicken dinner!
|Me & Matt after the race! It was a Sunday in October and guess what that means…
next stop, sports bar for the Green Bay Packers game!!
|First Half Marathon Medal
2012 Long Beach ICB Half Marathon
Sunday, October 7th, 2012
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