I am writing this as a remembrance to myself to NEVER do this again. I ran a full marathon 10 years ago (that I did train for) and now I have down a half. I think I can cross this off the bucket list. No need to repeat.
I signed up for the Rock -n- Roll half marathon in December with every intention for training and running before the race. But, honestly, time got away from me and I kept putting it off. Another reason the older I get the more I need accountability and motivation partners.
I met a friend who also teaches yoga with me and we carpooled to Dallas together. We caught the shuttle at 6:50am. It was very cold and windy.
We then had to wait till starting time. We were back in coral 13. There were many, many, many people ahead of us. They staggered the start times every 90 seconds.
Then we were off. I was feeling pretty good. Again I hadn’t run more than a few sprints and maybe 2 miles total before this.
The beginning was very hilly. We ran by the Book Depository, the green knoll, through the West End winding our way around Dallas and down along Turtle Creek.
Mile 6 is about the end of natural running for me. I should know that anything beyond 6 is UNnatural.
This is where I started to feel just like the sign. I was just hoping to make it to the end. But still at mile 10 I was thinking, ugh, 3 more to go.
I don’t have any other pictures of the end because it was so COLD (and I had dumped my sweat shirt running) and I was trying to find my friend Heather so we could go home. I was tired and I could barely walk and forget bending down. My quads were shot. So note to self: No More Running.