Hey Saltines! Remember how in my first post, I talked about how I am getting ready to run my first marathon in October? Well, when I wrote that, I hadn’t even raced a half marathon! As you can tell from the title of this post, I am about to share with you good stuff, rough stuff, and stuff nobody ever wants to know about my first half.
One Friday afternoon last October, a friend from work who paces at a lot of local races recruited me to help pace a half last minute. Don’t yell at me! It was last minute and they needed people, and the pace I signed up for was an easy pace for me. I was also paired with an experienced pacer so it was low pressure. And so I ran my first half marathon, not as a racer but as a pacer. I hadn’t really trained for it, so my legs basically died. I could barely walk afterwards. The next day I was going out of town for a job interview and I could tell by all the people staring at me that I was waddling like a penguin in the airport.
This time, I trained for, paid for, and raced a half for the first time, choosing the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon. I experienced carb loading and taper crazies for the first time. What a roller coaster!