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Half Marathon Training Guide, Part 4 – The Finish

Posted on: February 23, 2011

While I originally only planned for my series to be three parts, I thought you’d all like to know how my half marathon went last weekend. In a nut shell it was awesome.

Before arriving, I was so incredibly nervous I thought for sure I was going to loose my breakfast. I was snapping at Jonathan while he was driving and was just getting overly annoyed and anxious. Everything was going completely opposite of how I’d planned {and specifically how we’d prayed the night before}. However, as soon as I stepped out of the car {with plenty of time to spare thanks to my wonderful husband} I felt a flood of relief. Just like a switch, my nervousness was gone and I felt total peace {thanks God!}.

 

Half Marathon Training {The Finish}

 

1. Prepare to be overwhelmed – The most amount of people I’ve ever run with was 30. Sunday I ran with 20,000. Yeah, that’s a lot of folks. And at times it was a bit overwhelming to keep my eye out for people passing me and me passing people. Not to mention the bum rush to water stations and bathrooms.

2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – When I ran my half last spring I didn’t hydrate well enough. And I paid dearly for it by the end. This time around, I’ve trained with hydration breaks and made sure to stop at every water station I came to. At one point I was tempted to pass the last few by {because of the crowd} but then I remembered “HYDRATE!”.

3. Don’t give up – Somewhere around the 8 mile marker, I was done. My feet were hurting, my time was off and I was ready to lay in the grass and wait for the “dropped runner” cart to pick me up. I started using every metal trick in my book. I made up games. I gave myself a pep talk. I counted how many people I saw in certain colored shirts. Whatever it took to keep me focused {and running} I did it. Running a half marathon is tough, but don’t give up. You can do this. You can do this.

4. Enjoy your victory – My time was off what I expected and half way through I was really beating myself up for it. But once I crossed that finish line I thought “I don’t want time to steal my victory”. And so I didn’t. And I won’t. I ran my race, I did it well, and I succeeded.

Standing outside P.Terry's waiting for my burger and chocolate shake

5. Reward yourself – As a little extra motivation, promise yourself a reward once you complete your run. Maybe a nice night out. Maybe a massage. Or maybe those running shoes you’ve been eyeing for the last year:

*happy sigh*

For Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series, click here {Part 1 – The Physical and Part 2 – The Mental and Part 3 – The Emotional}.

*Disclaimer: All tactics/tips are my own personal opinions and not medically backed. Please seek medical advice before starting any running program.

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10 Responses to "Half Marathon Training Guide, Part 4 – The Finish"

Woohoo! Congrats on finishing! I definitely agree that running in a crowd is hard. You want to spend all your mental energy on running, pacing, or “just keep going,” but there are so many people to be aware of!

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So proud of you. 🙂

Go Sarah! So proud of you sister!

You go, girl! So inspiring! 🙂

Yea Sarah!!!! Sounds like you did an awesome job (finishing when the going gets tough is so challenging) and had a great time, I’m so excited for you! Running with so many people can be overwhelming but invigorating. Those shoes are sweet what a great reward, they would be nice on the hike and bike trail! (oh Austin running I miss you)

PS LOVE the after photo!!

great job sarah- can’t wait to do it next year! 🙂

Ladies – Thanks so much for all the kind words!! It was a great run and I’m looking forward to more.

Jamie – we are so on for next year! 🙂

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