This past Sunday I did it! I ran my first half marathon. This half marathon was the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon. The experience was awesome and I would tell any one who is thinking about doing their first full or half marathon that this is the one.
The course is not difficult but it has lots of great sites and the energy is amazing. There were so many people watching and music everywhere. The staff had lots of water stations and bathrooms. I was so impressed with the job they did.
I had so much fun starting the race with a friend and being there for the finish of my Brother-in-law’s first full marathon. Also completing the race as many long weeks of training was wonderful. I think I caught the bug and if this body holds up I will run many races down the road.
Some lessons learned through this process:
1. Almost anybody if they want can train and run a half marathon. It is a lot of work work and especially difficult to get started but yes you can do it. Strap on a good pair of shoes and go for it.
2. I appreciate more now that I am a morning person. Being able to wake up early to run made it so I didn’t have to take a lot of time away from my wife and kids.
3. My wife is such a great friend. Throughout the experience she was such an encouragement. I am thankful God has blessed me with such an amazing wife.
4. Be patient! Strength and speed will come with time. Don’t push to hard or you will injure yourself. After I had done a few long runs of eight to ten miles I was amazed at how much faster and easier running three miles was. Also find a plan for free online This is the plan I used: Half marathon training plan. The plan was simple to follow and not overwhelming at all.
I praise the Lord for the strength to run the half marathon. I hope that you too much be encouraged to train and run one.
Now on to the next race!