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I run because the beer tastes so much better after the finish
So I ran my second ever half-marathon today. (Yes that is 13.1 miles). I finished in 2:41:35. It's a new PR, I finished 11:40 faster than I did last time. I averaged out at almost exactly 12:30 a mile which was my goal time! Squee!!!!!!!

Of course now my left knee hurts, as does my right hip. So once I'm sitting down for more than a half-hour when I move again I look like an 80 year old woman hobbling around. But that comes with the territory.

So things that went well. I layered tops so I had my sleeveless jersey on underneath long sleeves and that helped me not freeze through the first several miles. And the glove liners were quite possibly the best idea of ever. I also got to the start line later than I usually do, which led to less standing around and getting cold generally. But 20 minutes was cutting it a little too close, a half hour would be better. I took my gu at 5 and 9.5 miles which worked perfectly. Things that didn't go so well. My damn hip. I don't know what's up; it started to get a little sore around mile three and at ten it just hurt through the end. But after I had stretched out for a little bit it has been fine for the rest of the day. It doesn't make any sense - usually if you pull or strain something it stays hurting. I mean I'm grateful it goes away, but it's weird.

In general it was a gorgeous day for a run. It was overcast until around mile 8 (sorry I have no idea of the clock time) and I had taken the long sleeves off at 6.5. I went out too fast, but stopped to stretch at the one mile point and was better from there on out.

Mile 11 was once again entirely an act of will to stay on pace. And that .1 mile at the end is the most hateful thing ever! Seriously, I'm watching my time and pacing myself by miles and then you pass the 13 mile marker and have to keep going. I am fairly certain that the 13 mile marker is the most hated inanimate object in my world right now.

I should be doing a general update too somepoint soon. But right now I ran 13.1 miles for the second time in my life ever. Woot!

ETA: the subject line is from my favorite t-shirt seen today
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Wow beeker! Good for you! You set a great pace for yourself ~ it's awesome that you came in 11 minutes faster than last time. That's awesome!

Thank you so much. When I first finished I was bummed I didn't beat 2:40, and then I did the math and just got excited. *smishes*

Thank you! And I love your icon.

Hee one of my early ones. I'm thinking I need to upgrade pretty soon 'cause some of the icons I've got up now kinda suck. I've already upgraded my Pickett Love and Veronica does karaoke icons.

Congrats beeker! I've completed 2 halfs also, and its the best feeling to finally be done. And I agree, that last .1 of a mile is like the worst torture ever. It feels like you're never going to get to that finish. But yay, I'm so proud of you! I'm training to run a half early next year, not sure which one yet though.

I'm glad someone else agrees that the last .1 mile is the worst thing ever. I need to figure out when I can do a third race, as much as they can hurt the high of finishing is totally worth it. And thanks, coming from someone who has done this the congratulations mean a lot.

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High-five back! And ohmigod your icon is from possibly my favorite moment on the out-take real of SPN ever - it makes me giggle every time I look at it. Whee!

Thank you. And thank you for the glasses and smoking sexy icon too - whew.

Congrats! That's awesome and you should be very proud!!!

Thank you! I am hobbling less and will be able to do a dance of victory in another day or two.

Wow! That is terrific! I am in awe not only that you were able to do it, but that you made your goal time and came in so much faster than last time. (Me? Oh... I... watched some TV. No- I am not a slug at all.) Congratulations! You are Superwoman!

That's okay I got home and I ... watched lots of tv. There's total value in that choice. Thanks so much for all of your kind words.

Congradulations. You must feel great today. I hope you get to revel in the feeling.

Thanks. I am, in fact, mostly still on a finishers high. Hobbling periodically, but very happy.

Congratulations! That's awesome. I'm still hoping to get healthy enough to be able to run a half marathon, but I'm still stuck at only running twice a week.

You should try sitting in an ice bath after a long run; it really really helps prevent the aches. Also, your hip might by the IT band which can make your hip or your knee hurt, but generally only while being used. Pretty commong for female runners.

Thanks so much! Halfs are fun, I hope you get to the point where you can try one.

I did ice my knee, but didn't try a full bath, I should next time. I have been working on stretching my IT band some, but I didn't realize it's something that usually only hurts while moving. Obviously I need to keep working on it and find a way to isolate it. Thanks for the tip.

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