The Joy of a Runner's High

Trip Start Jul 06, 2005
Trip End May 31, 2007

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Monday, December 4, 2006

I did it!! I successfully completed my first half-marathon!! I say successfully because I aimed to run the entire distance in 2 hours and 30 minutes, and I did it!!! The entire experience was truly unique. It all started at 5:15am when I crossed the starting line under a starry sky and ended at 7:45am as I crossed the finish under the bright Jamaican sun. But seems to be continuing even now.

The half-marathon results:
Finishers: 487, females: 283, males: 204
Average finishing time: 2:38:17
My overall place: 248
My division place: 21st out of 45
My place amongst other females: 96th out of 283
My official time and pace: 2:31:31 and 11:34

I'm thrilled to have reached my goal and so pleased that my training prepared me well. My body is sore today and so I'll be focusing on healing, but I am looking forward to my next run. I'm really high on life right now and will be setting my sites on another event sometime next year after I return to the states.

So many people encouraged me and kept me going during my training and the event. I was one of 4 PC volunteers that ran in the half-marathon and it was so great to have others there to understand what I was going through. Peace Corps volunteers were also a huge contributor to the high spirits in their efforts at the water and aid stations at Mile 5, 7, and 9. Big Thanks to my Ochi running buddy who also successfully complete his half-marathon. Finally, for the constant support from my family and friends (you know who you are) that have been behind me in this, my appreciation is beyond expression. Many thanks to you all.

In Peace.
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arbuhl on

Wow, good job girl congratulations. Hopefully I'll c you when you get back. :)

armedacelestein on

That is totally AWESOME! Congrats.

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