The worst part about training for a spring race in Michigan is running during the cold winter months. There were days when the wind chill was below zero and I opted to run inside on my treadmill. But most of the time I made myself run outside in the cold and snow. Once I had the right clothing, the cold wasn’t so bad. My training took a lot of discipline and I had amazing days and tough days. If I felt like my body or mind really needed a day off from running, I took it. I made sure I was foam rolling and was very conscious of what I was eating. I felt prepared for race day.
The few days leading up to the race I was surprised I was not nervous. The night before the race I laid out my running clothes, bib, belt, water bottle, Cliff shots and shoes. I felt good and ready to run! Even standing at the start line I felt very calm. It wasn’t until about a mile in that it hit me, “I’m running my first half marathon!” All of the training and hard work had brought me to this moment. I started to get a little teary eyed and had to tell myself to stop being so emotional and just keep running! But I also reminded myself to enjoy the moment because this would be the only first half marathon I would ever run.
I never felt like I was a “real runner” until I finished my first half. After that I desired to do more. I ran my first 10K at Bay Shore the weekend after. Then I was a Pacer for the 10 min. mile group at the Lake Michigan Half in Muskegon, ran The Fred 200 mile relay in August and the Fifth Third Capital City River Run Half in Lansing, MI. This is only the beginning of a lifetime of running for me. I will end with a favorite running quote of mine. “Running is not about being better than someone else it’s about being better than you used to be.”