I did it. I completed my first half marathon. It was just five months ago when I started training and decided I would run 13.1 miles. It was only two months ago when I decided to run this half marathon, right before my 30th birthday. My goal was to simply run every step. I did not want to stop, walk, or give up.
I ran every second, inch, mile, hour...I ran it all
It was the most difficult thing that I have ever done. Far worse then child birth...as there were no drugs involved! The hardest part was not actually running all 13.1 miles. It was the giant bridge I had to run up and over TWICE. The Fred Hartman bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Texas and spans the Houston Ship channel. It's highest point is 262 feet. I had to run up to 262 feet twice. It was a grueling two miles (twice), but I never stopped, not once.
I cannot begin to explain how thankful I am for everyone that supported, prayed, and encouraged me through my training and on the day of the race. Those people kept me motivated every step of the way. It also helped that on my first trip up the giant bridge, I looked up and saw my crazy husband cheering me on...he knew how worried I was about that bridge and met me up there...he will never know how much that meant to me. I also had my best friend driving around all through out the race to encourage me and take lots of pictures of me! I am especially thankful for her being there on mile 11. I only had two more miles to go, but I did not think I could run another step. She wouldn't hear it and told me that I could do it and that I needed to keep running, so I did.
I am hooked. Well, I have always loved running. But I am hooked on half marathons. I am not the fastest nor do I think I ever will be. I just love the thrill of the run. I love the challenge. I love the finish.
Finally crossing the finish line
My bestie, Nicole
The best and most supportive husband in the world!