by - Saturday, July 22, 2006

I completed my 13.1 miles today in about 2 hours and 50 minutes. It was a bit longer than I had hoped it would take, but from the get go I knew today wasn't going to be one of my strongest runs. I was able to run the first 5 miles fairly smoothly, but somewhere around 5.1 or 5.2 my knee started acting up. So I figured it was time to slow it down and walk for a bit.

Well that was the beginning of the end I guess. Miles 6 and 7 I was able to mix a decent amount of running in with the walking, but when I hit mile 8 it was mostly walking the rest of the way with maybe a minute or two of running during each of the remaining miles.

My hips were hurting, my ankles were hurting, my knees were hurting and it just wasn't happening today. I was really glad I was at least able to finish the distance though. It might have been slower than I wanted to go, and I might not have run as smoothly as I hoped, but I finished a half-marathon of distance today. And that seems like a pretty big accomplishment when to think the farthest I'd ever run before I started training was 3 miles.

I'm all kinds of sore now though. So it's time to go sit downstairs and get some major icepack action going on.

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4 comments

  1. Sounds like you need an ice bath for your sore joints.

    The important thing is that you finished the 13.1 miles. You did it!

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  2. Congrats on the distance run! That's huge:)

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  3. Way to get it done though! You did more yesterday than I did total all week!

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  4. Way to go! You may be physically sore, but mentally you know now that you can conquer very long distances.

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