The First Half Marathon

Since early this year I’ve been preparing myself to run. I want to be a runner, but up until this year I haven’t ran since like maybe the 10th grade. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy & by the time I got the hang of it, BAM Mother Nature queued 100* weather! So I went back to walking instead.

Fast forward from Late April to the beginning of September. I was still at it but I was going 6 miles at a time with running & walking intervals. The idea popped into my head when a co-worker (who runs marathons for fun) said he was doing the Blue Cross Blue Shield half marathon on September 19th, need I mind you he told me this on September 10th. I decided if I were already doing 6 miles, what was another 7, right? (Wrong). I decided i was going to do it for fun & that I was going to finish, no matter what. This was my first race ever!

The morning of Saturday the 19th peered through my bedroom windows as I opened them too see the 5:30am street lights. I was ready & I was hungry! After devouring 4 pancakes with no syrup I headed into my room to get dressed. After about 10 minutes I had my outfit, compression sleeves, Polar watch, race number, & a little eyeliner then I was out the door. My coworker met me there & I followed him since id never done anything like this before.

I did it for a couple reasons, My anxiety has been off the charts lately (which is weird I chose this because crowds freak me out!), I wanted to meet new friends, & I wanted to push myself… & push myself I did, along with my coworker & new found friend Lisa. Everything was fine until about mile 6, it was hot & I was sweating but then I met Lisa.

Lisa & I are actually a really good team. Around mile 9 I started really hurting throughout my back & let’s face it, at this point I couldn’t feel my butt or my feet. When I wanted to stop to take a breather she pushed me, we grabbed a cup of water & lime Gatorade then went right back at it. I did the same for her close to mile 11. We ended up finishing the race side by side! It was an amazing feeling!

My coworker had finished the race and came back a little way to check on me & make sure I wasn’t on the greenway curled up like a fetus & crying so he also escorted us to the finish line. I have to give him credit too, the hills from mile 11-13 were kicking my numb butt. It is an experience I’ll never forget… & won’t do anytime soon 😛 however, Lisa & I are doing a 5k October 17th, which I can’t wait!


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40 Responses to The First Half Marathon

  1. You got a lot of fun photos during the race! Awesome! I wish I had someone to run with, I’m training for my eighth half and I never have anyone to run with! You did awesome!

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    • Leslie says:

      Wow! Your eighth?! Your my new idol! It takes a ton of willpower to finish. If I didn’t find Lisa I don’t know how long it would’ve took me to finish. Good luck in your next one!

  2. Rebecca Ellis says:

    I can run, but I can’t run for long haha 🙂 I seem to forget that I need to pace myself and end up sprinting. Maybe some day I can run a marathon x

  3. Jolleen Ruiz says:

    Congrats on your first race!! I’ve always wanted to do one too, but haven’t worked up the nerve to do it!
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  4. I’m actually impressed you got those photos!! I never get cute pics during races!
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    • Leslie says:

      That coworker of mine makes everything fun. I was actually about to pass out when the photo of all 3 of us was taken, hah. He was using them as distractions from all the pain I was feeling. Good luck on your next race!

  5. Ashley says:

    Amazing! Congratulations! I have only run 5K’s and I always feel so accomplished when I finished so I can’t even imagine how great it must feel to finish a half marathon!
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    • Leslie says:

      I think I’ll stick to 5 & 10k’s from now on. I think I definitely overachieved on the half. I’m still surprised I finished it. Hah, I still can’t walk very well. Good luck with your next 5k!

  6. Kelsie says:

    Way to go! I’ve wanted to do a half marathon, but haven’t wanted to put in the time to train for it. I love running but think I’ll be bored running that long. Great accomplishment!
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    • Leslie says:

      I didn’t really have time to train for anything. It was a lot of fun but I don’t think I’ll do another that long for a really long time. Ha! I can barely still move. If you decide to do one, good luck!

  7. Lauree says:

    It is an AHHHMAZING thing to accomplish a 1/2 marathon! There is NOTHING “half” about it either! I’ve completed 7 of them, but was injured training for my 8th. That was three years ago and I’ve just started walking again. Working toward a 5K in December.

    I still have a full marathon on my bucket list…crazy I know! Keep training and stay safe!
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    • Leslie says:

      Wow, good luck! That is awesome you’ve recovered & you’ve set a goal. I’m sure that’ll help to get you out there again. I can’t imagine doing 7 halfs! Girl, your a little trooper! Good luck in December!

  8. Congrats on your first race and for finishing it. It’s nice when you have a partner. There’s someone to push you when you feel you can’t go on anymore and vice versa.
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  9. Danii says:

    Looks like you had a lot of fun! Always great when you do things with a group of people too. Hope your 5km race goes well.

  10. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    How exciting. I am gearing up to run my first 5K, but I am nervous about it.

  11. Kim Bolden says:

    Congrats for complete your first half marathon. I know that you impressed yourself as your pushed yourself beyond the limits! Here is to more success to come!
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  12. FabEllis says:

    First of all, congratulations on not only completing the run, but have the guts to do it in the first place! I commend you. It’s amazing how when you needed that boost of energy, God sent someone right your way. You made a friend and accomplished a goal. Amazing!

  13. Logan Can says:

    Wow! This is on my bucket list for sure! I’ve only ever run a 5k and that was a lot for me, but I am trying to work up to it. You go girl!

  14. Jamie says:

    Great job!! That is definitely something to be proud of!! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty
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  15. Congrats on finishing the race and having a friend to share the feeling with!
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  16. Natasha says:

    Congrats, Congrats, Congrats! I so want to do one! I’ve done a couple 5Ks and was starting training for a 10K but now I’m preggers and will resume the goal afterwards! Thanks for sharing and for keeping my motivation alive!
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  17. Congratulations! That is such a huge accomplishment!
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  18. Congrats on your first half! My boyfriend lives in Raleigh so I’m there a lot – we should meet up sometime!

  19. Elizabeth O. says:

    Congratulations on finally joining a marathon. It’s rewarding once you finish with your first. And then soon you’ll find yourself joining in different events. It’s a nice break too.

  20. Running is great exercise. Congrats on the half marathon.
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  21. Jasmine says:

    Impressive! I’ve never participated in a race looks like a lot of hard work

  22. sue says:

    Congratulations on running your first half marathon! Being a runner I understand how the race felt and it is great to have a running buddy.. Now for the marathon!!! Thanks for sharing your story with us at #AnythingGoes link up
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  23. I really appreciate your honesty on how difficult it was for you. I have been wanting to try and do a marathon but i just know I wont make it. I walk a lot but run…that’s a different story. I know its a great way to get in shape. You have very nice pictures.
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  24. Way to go! You are very strong and finish the marathon.
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  25. Rosey says:

    Aw to your co worker, that’s sweet. And I laughed at your anticipation for the next race. 🙂 Good luck to you with it!

  26. CourtneyLynne says:

    Congrats on the haft marathon!!! So awesome to have completed something like that.

  27. sacha says:

    Have never done a marathon. I think it looks so interesting and it helps with exercising so I might try one, next time I’m going to sign up thanks for sharing.
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