I've run more half marathons than I can count and it always cracks me up that I still get nervous before every single one. I keep waiting for the day when a 13.1 mile run will be normal for me but honestly, I don't think it's ever going to happen! Running 13.1 miles will always feel intimidating and crazy!
The Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon is one of my favorite half marathons because I get to run it with my family. I love running in wave two during this race because the morale of the runners is infectious. There's something magical about being surrounded by first time half marathoners and new-er runners. The appreciation level for what they're about to accomplish is unparalleled.
It's so easy to take running a half marathon for granted and I hate when people shrug off their accomplishments. Even though I didn't have the easiest day ever, I still feel like a million bucks because running a half marathon isn't easy! And the fact that I had to talk myself out of quitting and meeting everyone at the finish line a few times makes the accomplishment that much more rewarding.
I didn't have a great day during Brooklyn. The heavy training to BQ this September during the Chicago Marathon is catching up with me and I definitely didn't give my legs the rest they deserved before racing. I knew going into it that the race was going to be rough. But this race wasn't about me, it was about my family. My cousin Carley trained for this half ENTIRELY on a treadmill. If that's not impressive, I don't know what is. We went into it shooting for 2:10 and we ended up running 2:00:30, beating her previous PR by 5 minutes!
Have you ever wondered what it's like to run a half marathon with me? Here's a pretty good idea...
This race was the perfect example of "Giving up is always an option. But so is going forward." Not every mile is going to be comfortable, it's about figuring out how to have fun in your discomfort when you just want to throw in the towel.
Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.