Once bitten … The running bug
One year ago today I completed my very first half marathon. I did the San Antonio Rock N Roll Half Marathon. Now I didn’t make great time on my first run, I completed it in 3:44:48. From a pace perspective, this is 17:07 per mile. I know what you are thinking, that’s not that fast. Well, there are a few reasons for that.
First, I was coming off as nasty cold. In fact, I had just completed a steroid pack the day before the race. And I was out of work for 4 days prior to the race because I was so sick. So to be able to even do it was amazing.
Second, I was doing this first half marathon with Jacqui. And believe it or not, she was sick as well. She was feeling pretty bad herself, and I know that she gave it her all to complete the race as well. Jacqui is a trooper …
Third, and finally, I wanted Jacqui and I to do this together. It was her birthday weekend, and I wanted us to cross the finish line together. And we did … we crossed it together, hand in hand, and our hands held high. It was something to celebrate, because we completed 13.1 miles.
Unfortunately, I was now bitten. Oh yeah, the running bug hit me. I knew that we could do better, and I knew that I could do better. Being sick, however, made it hard to be able to get an accurate feeling for just how I would have done. But I knew that I needed to do another one, and I was going to do better.
So I did the Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon in August. And I did do better … I completed it in 2:45:45. This means that my pace on this run was 12:38 per mile. Needless to say, I did much better. But, I know that I can do better …
So I am training harder, and I really feel that I can break the 2:15 mark for the Las Vegas Rock N Roll Half Marathon. And I will let you know, but I have the bug … Oh yeah, I have it pretty hard. In fact, I have already signed up for a full Marathon in Charleston SC the middle of January, and I have signed up to the Savannah Rock n Roll Half Marathon in November of 2011. Oh yeah … I have been bitten, and I have the running bug!!