Going into this half, I was scared, nervous, anxious, etc. I knew I was capable of running a half, but with zero training? I didn't know what to expect.
During Marathon training, we run half's every weekend, we just don't get a medal for it. So why was I so nervous for this half? I already had a marathon under my belt, half a marathon is nothing compared to that. With zero training, I didn't know how I would do. I felt like I was going to give up half way and just walk. I kept telling myself to just have fun with it and not focus so much on my time or hitting a PR, but lets face it, all I could think about was beating last years time.
The last couple weeks before the half, I wasn't able to really run much. I maybe ran about 4-5 times in the last month and a half. I was sick and wasn't trying to make it worse, so I took days off, more than I expected.
The morning of the race, I was still feeling nervous. I was trying not to think about the distance and just have fun with it. As I approached the starting line, I realized I left my headphones charging in the car. I didn't let that stop me though. I just played music from my phone ;)
This half was actually not as bad as I expected it to be. I felt great throughout the course up until about mile 10.5. That's when I felt my legs SUPER heavy and was ready to just walk back. I then thought to myself, "REALLY? You just have 2.5 miles left! This is less than Monday night runs with blacklist!" So I pushed myself to the finish line. As I was about to get to the end, I felt my left calf tightening up but luckily before I knew it, I was done!
13.1 MILES WITH ZERO TRAINING! Just proves that anything is possible. If I can do it, so can you!
This course is very special to me because not only is it the heart of my hometown, but because you see so many familiar faces not only running, but also cheering along on the sidelines.
Next up: LA MARATHON TRAINING! Lets get it!!
xo, DIANA KAREN
*Disclaimer* My thoughts and opinions are my own. This is not a sponsored post.