I so wanted to set a PR this year for a half marathon. My time last year was 2 hours, 1 minute, 48 seconds. Well, this year was different. I was nearly 17 minutes slower.
It all started on Friday when the weather person said that the weekend would be unusually hot. In my head, I was thinking “oh no. I have a half marathon on Sunday.” That weather forecast just put my hopes of getting a PR down. I still tried.
I started off pretty strong, with the 2 hour pacer. I was actually ahead of him. Things were going pretty well until around the 3rd mile when I started slowing down. The pacer caught up to me.
At mile 4, I decided to drink the Gatorade that they were serving at the water stations. I thought that it’d give me a bit more energy. Boy was I wrong. I started getting cramps and my upper left chest started hurting. I kept walking and running the rest of the half. Around mile 5 and 6, the 2:05 pacer showed up and noticed that I was having trouble. He asked what was up with me and I said that I was hurting. He told me to move my hands up the air to try and stretch it out. He helped me for that 1/2 mile then I stopped to drink some water from my water bottle. He got ahead of me. It did help relieve my pain though.
It was probably one of the worst runs I’ve had so far. It was hot outside and I was getting cramps. I wanted to give up around mile 6 but I pushed though. I started running it so I might as well finish it.
Around the 9 or 10 mile was when my thighs started hurting and getting sore. I know, it’s the BEST thing that can happen, right? Not. It made running even harder and I kept running and walking and running and walking. You get what I mean.
I just pushed through to the end somehow and I was so happy when it was finally over. 2 hours 16 minutes and 58 seconds. I drank up another water bottle pretty quickly. I tried eating a KIND bar after but my mouth and throat weren’t feeling it. It was hard to eat. My uncle got 2 hours 25 minutes and I forgot how many seconds. It’s about the same time he got for his first half marathon.
Anyway, that was my 2nd half marathon. I knew that I wouldn’t beat the time I wanted but I didn’t know that I’d get that slow of a time. I’ll have to make up for it next year.
Have you ran a half marathon?
Do you have any advice for cramps while running?