In January, I ran the Charleston Half-Marathon; it was so much fun! It was incredibly cold, but I bundled up in layers and lined up at the start. I decided to run at my own comfortable pace, instead of looking at my watch to keep up with a certain time. Although it was exhausting and I thought I would die around mile 8, I truly experienced the runner’s high that motivated me to continue. I was able to finish the race in less than two and a half hours, which was the time I had set for my goal. When I finally crossed the finish line, it was a reward for all the time and effort I had put into my training. While my time was certainly not the fastest, my goal was just to finish and have fun.
While the race was physically demanding, there really was only one other obstacle that I had to overcome during the race. The race was organized so well, but they ran out of cups at the water stations. Not to worry, I did what I had to do to stay hydrated! Instead of running seven more miles without any water, I picked up a used cup off the group (yikes!) and filled it with Gatorade and kept going. Yes, looking back, it probably wasn’t the best decision, and I could have gotten some weird virus or disease – at least I didn’t get dehydrated!