Most of the time, I ignore my Facebook memories posts, but sometimes….Sometimes, you have to take a moment and say, “Wow.” That happened to me yesterday. Scrolling through Facebook and a 2014 memory post pops up where I wrote:
“Running my first half marathon, Superhero Half, on May 18th”
Damn, that was only 2 years ago! It seems so long ago to be honest. I can’t believe how far I’ve come in just 2 short years from running my first half to preparing for a 50K. How the Hell did that happen? I know it’s really because of my Mom’s Run This Town group. It all just snowballed….
I remember thinking about signing up for the Superhero half because people in my group were posting about it. I remember going on a group run and dear, sweat Janna telling me, “Yeah, you could do that.” Then I remember that fateful car ride to the race where I realized that I KNEW NOTHING! Robyn, Dawn, and “Diane” were all talking race strategy and pace and I sat in the back of the car thinking….. Ummmm, Ummmm, Ummmm….
I had no plan. I had no pace. I had no goal. I had no idea what I was getting myself into or where it would lead.
I will say I did really well for a race I probably wasn’t prepared for or had no idea how to actually run it. What I did do is shadow my fellow MRTT Mama’s for probably the first half the race. Then Janna and I ran the second half together dodging Klingon singing runners and my tired legs. “Diane” kept us moving and her knowing what she was doing paced me to a sub 2:10 which I had no idea what it meant at the time. Official time 2:09:24.
The rest they say is history……
It is amazing to me that this has only been 2 years. I’ve learned SOOOOOO much in this time. I’ve learned the importance of fueling, pacing, training, and so much more. Yes, running is just running; but running properly is so much more. I’ve also learned that even with everything I’ve learned, I still don’t know much.
I can’t believe just 3 days shy of my two year anniversary of my first half marathon, I will be hopefully finishing my first (I mean only) 50K.
There have been lots of changes in these last two years. I think the most obvious can be seen in pictures…
Superhero Half May 2014
Marine Corps Marathon October 2015
I never imagined that running would be such an important part of my life. It’s been a wild, wild ride and can’t wait to be able to say that I am an Ultra marathoner soon. (Hopefully!)