I ran my second half marathon on October 2nd, almost 3 weeks ago. It was a fantastic experience and one I don’t think I’ll forget any time soon. I went in hoping to redeem myself and do a heck of a lot better than I did with my first half, which was this past April. I’m happy to report that not only did I NOT have to walk, I hit my time goal and shaved off 20 minutes from the first half. Shaving off 20 min in 6 months is awesome.
Within the last 6 months running has become very social for me. I love that! I joined a website called DailyMile. It’s basically a site where you post your workouts and talk about them and become friends with other runners and cyclists. I joined and didn’t know anybody and little by little had people friend me and I would friend others. I ended up meeting up with a guy I met on there for a group run one Sunday. Then while I didn’t always run with them on Sunday’s, I would head to another park to run solo trail runs, I soon realized that I liked running with others. So little by little I started running with that group more often and it soon became a weekly event.
I then met another girl on there who lives in my area and we started to run together on Wednesday’s after work. I looked forward to those runs as, while she runs at a slower pace, this never bothered me because I used the runs as recovery and it was good to take it easier and not worry about my time.
So what I’m getting at with this, is that I’ve become a social runner. While my half was almost 3 weeks ago, those I’ve been running with and others that I’ve been talking with online are all getting ready to do their half marathon or full marathon this weekend. They signed up for the Rock N Roll – St. Louis race that’s on the 23rd. While I won’t be running it, I’m nervous and excited for all of them. For some it’s their first half marathon. For others it’s their first marathon. For other’s it might not be their first but they haven’t run one in awhile and are in much better shape so they’ll be working for a PR (personal record).
I will be attending the expo tomorrow. It’s basically a 2 day fair where race participants can pick up their race packets but there are also a lot of vendors there giving out free samples or selling products. I’m in need of a new pair of running shoes and have two picked out. My hope is that a vendor will have one of them discounted. haha! I’ll also be meeting up with a handful of runners who will be running on Sunday. I can’t wait to hear from them after the run and read their race reports. I’ll be on pins and needles Sunday morning until I hear from some of the runners about how well they did. For me, being a non-participant is almost as nerve-wrecking as doing the running myself.