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Thank you for sticking with us while we moved platforms! Today I wanted to update you on one of the last topics we talked about. Yesterday, I ran and finished the Aramco Houston Half Marathon! If you remember my previous post, you know I ran the Santa Hustle Half Marathon as a practice to Aramco. Thanks to that race, I was able to adjust things necessary to make this Aramco Half Marathon a success. Even with a past foot injury flaring up 5 days before the race!
As a spectator in previous years, I had an idea of the size of this race but running in it, is a completely different story. Running through the city of Houston with 13,500 fellows (27,000 if you count the full) is an adventure you don’t really understand until you’re immersed in it. Then seeing the level of support that comes out (about 200,000 spectators) blew my mind completely. I’m about to say something crazy here, so hold on. The race felt like it went by in a blink of an eye. That is not how Santa Hustle went, at all! Y’all I ran a 2:55, I’m saying 3 hours of running felt like a 30 minute jog. There was live music, hilarious spectator signs, and 13.1 miles of encouragement. There was just always something to look at or a runner to laugh with when you go to “Power Up” by slapping “JJ Watt’s abs”. (A poster, folks. If we were touching the real thing they’d had carried me off in a stretcher!) I even got to see B’ three times on the course. The start, the 9 mile marker, and the finish! He must’ve taken a chapter or two out my spectating years.
As for the race itself, it was a cold start but made for a fantastic day to run. It’s easy for Houston to be humid and hot. Last year at this race the temperature spiked to 78 degrees and 100% humidity. It was an awful time for the runners. Unlike Santa Hustle my knees and feet stayed stronger with my new fueling plan. While they did have their moments it was nothing I couldn’t push through. When you come hustling over Allen Parkway to that big Houston skyline, it’s hard to not want to keep going. Plus there is beer on Allen and even more dogs, ha! The two things that keep this gal a rocking and a rolling. Though I do publicly apologize to the woman I shouted “I HAVE AN IRISH SETTER!!!” at by Hermann Park. All because she had a Gordon Setter and well…Setters are just hard to come by, okay?
Overall, this went 1000x better than Santa Hustle. I felt a millions times better in this race too. Plus it’s official right? I’m half marathoner, fo’ sho. 2 Half Marathons, 1 Month. For starting out, that’s a pretty awesome accomplishment. Needless to say, I’m proud of myself. I know I repeat that through these posts. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to allow yourself to do something you’ll be proud of. After college it feels like your accomplishments boil down to career driven goals. What about outside of that? Where can you find joy in something that you pick for fun? I know, running isn’t the first thing people think we they think “fun”. As it grows on you and you find a community, it does become that though! Had you asked me 2 years ago if I’d ever run a half marathon. “Hell no!” is the answer you’d have gotten. Ask me a year ago? The answer would be “Eventually, maybe I’ll run one in my 30s.”. Well “eventually” came last month and again, yesterday, at the ripe age of 28.
So what’s next? Honestly, to bed. My legs still ache. In all seriousness my goals currently are to pick up my time. I want to come closer to a 2:30 finish. Plus to even out my splits more. I did a lot better job with that this time around. I also want to do something fun. A Disney Princess race? A race as big as Brooklyn Half Marathon? I liked this race, no, I loved this race. The more I sit back the more I want to get out there and do it again. Not that wearing my medal around my neck for the last 24 hours is helping those thoughts.
I’m sure you’re thinking, “What about a Marathon? Would you ever run one?” Eventually, maybe I’ll run one in my 30s. Then again…we saw how that worked out last time.
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