Half Marathon Completed

17 Mar

So I ran the Moab Half Marathon yesterday, and I gotta say it was a fun experience. I was a bit nervous going in, but as the morning progressed, I was more excited than nervous.

As this was my first half, I fluctuated between having high expectations, low expectations, and no expectations. My high expectations were kind of what made me nervous to begin with, so I ditched those. That was a load off! On to the lower expectations. I decided on a doable pace and that was the new plan.

Everything went smoothly yesterday morning. I got my bib, found the park where the busses were loading up runners, etc.

My daughter came with me so we planned where we would meet and when. Then began the hour wait in line for the bus. It was fine though because there were lots of funny, relaxed runners around, the weather was perfect (I had been worried about wind, the one condition I never train in, I hate wind, hate it), and I was properly fed (and bathroom’d).

So I finally got on a bus and we’re driving up the canyon (the race was along the Colorado River on Hwy 128) and I’m thinking 2 things. First, there are a lot of rolling hills so far, and second, we have been driving for quite a while.

Finally we get to the start. There are people dozing on rocks, reading books or magazines, enjoying coffee, etc. I head up to the start to find the pacers. It’s really crowded, but that’s ok because it is 10x warmer in the crowd.

After what seemed like forever, the race began. I kept a close eye on the pacer and set out to enjoy my run. The mile markers came and went. At one point I reached mile 5 without even realizing I had passed mile 4, so that was nice.

The rolling hills continued and I must say, the downs really weren’t worth all the ups. Anyway, I kept running along, keeping an ever watchful eye on the pacer, when the 8 mile marker appeared. WTF?! I missed the halfway mark when I was going to do a happy dance in my head celebrating being halfway through!

Here I was in this beautiful canyon along the Colorado River and I had missed 8 miles of it because I was so focused on the pacer. So I thought I could either plug away as I had been for the past 8 miles, or I could ditch my low expectations, and go the no expectations route.

I decided to turn off my playlist, enjoy my snacks and gatorade and chat with anyone who was willing to do so. And you know what? I started to see the fun of running this thing. I was able to enjoy the last 2 or 3 miles of the canyon before we started into town toward the park. There were spectators along the route from mile 11 up to the finish and it was fun getting low fives from the cute little kids.

I finally crossed the finish at 2:05:50. I was happy….nothing was hurting…..I was excited to do another one and pumped to continue toward a full marathon!

So for me (at least for this first half), going with no expectations (but to enjoy the ride) worked pretty well (even if it did take me 8 miles to figure it out).

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