- Long run Saturdays
- Personal distance records
- Lunch out with a friend
- Lazy weekends
- Farmers markets
If you would have told me a year and a half ago I’d run a half marathon I would never believe you. Even six months ago I questioned whether it was actually possible for me to run 13.1 miles at one time.
I completed my first half marathon on Saturday June 14th and loved every second of it
Choosing a race:
I chose this particular race for several reasons.
I traveled a couple hours away for this race and ended up staying in a hotel the night before. I arrived in time to pick up my bib and t-shirt before checking into the hotel where I met up with my parents. Dad and I returned hurriedly to last-minute register him for the 5k (hey he was there might as well race). Afterwards we drove the course (VITAL). The goal was to start visualizing the race. I was SO glad we did this because the race was freakin HILLY. It was hilly.
Morning of we got up early and got dressed. On the way to the car I grabbed a small cup of coffee from the hotel lobby and ate my pre-race breakfast on the way there.
I was pretty calm going into the race because though I had a loose goal of sub 2 hours, it was my first race so my only real goal was to do my best and finish
My coach emphasized pacing and going out slower than my race pace so I did just that. Miles 2-4 were uphill.. like out-of-breathe, sweating, barely-felt-like-I-was-running uphill. And I didn’t just feel that way, I must have looked it because a nice new friend checked in with me.
After that it was smooth sailing. I didn’t stop at all and slow jogged through a few of the water stations when I needed water. Mile 6 (bottom of a hill) I took a gel.
Mile 7 I knew I needed to be around 1:03 to get a sub 2 and I was at 1:04! At this point I knew I just had to keep my pace and I’d get a good time
Somewhere around here we passed right by a nice big group of cows
Miles 11-13 were hillier than I had anticipated and really slowed me down as they were also completely exposed to the beating sun
I finished in 2:00:34!!
I definitely left it all behind on this race and was completely out of breath and thirsty passing the finish line. I kept walking for a longg time after finishing because it felt like if I stopped my legs would just give out.
My dad’s race began and we walked around then came back to watch him finish. Trying to motivate him (he hates this) I ran the last .1 with him because I knew he wanted a PR.
I got a nice leg massage courtesy of the sports medicine crew
We ate some free food of course before eventually heading out
I loved the race. Many people say they hate races during but love them after; I loved this race during. So far, 13.1 is my favorite race distance. I love that you can really get into your groove.
Welcome to my very own corner of the internet!
I, am Kay. A Pennsylvania student studying biology and chemistry. Passion for the global water crisis has brought me here. I began running a year and a half ago and it has become a love of mine.
Every time school gets tough, or something feels wrong, I remember the time I spent in rural Honduras, walking hand-in-hand with a young girl as we visited every store in the village in search of water. And found none.
My dream to create sustainable solutions for clean water in every area of the world drives me to be the best I can be and take full advantage of every opportunity I am given. Because I am a lucky one. A part of the fortunate minority in this world that has a surplus of clean, healthy water surrounding me each and every day.
Water is a basic human right, help me ensure this for the billions of people without.