I thought I would get Sparks' reaction to the race as well, so here goes.
My first reaction to finishing my first 1/2 marathon was WOW! That was a lot of fun. I want to thank everyone evolved in the planning and organization of the race. The volunteers, the great support from the spectators, the other runners, and the city of Kansas City were all great. I received a great amount of support from friends and family through my training efforts which definitely played a big part of my success of completing my first half marathon.
The week leading up to the race I had a number of doubts run through my head which played a factor in the mental game leading up to the race. Once I showed up to race and read that last text message of encouragement all the cares or worries swept away, I knew it was just me and the road. When all is said and done I beat my goal of 2:30 finishing in 2:27:04. My biggest surprise was maintaining an 11 min mile pace for the first 9 miles. I had a blast running and finishing my first half marathon and looking forward to the next.
Today (Wednesday) was my first post race run, I felt like I was starting over again but I was still hurting a little from Saturday. Next big race is either a 15K or 1/2 in Tampa, FL on Feb 26th, 2011. I'm going to keep pursuing the goal of running a full marathon.
There you have it. Sparks is ready to run, and I'm still getting there. I went and had a 2 mile run today, and I was still sore in my left foot and right knee. Nothing terrible (except my foot), but I've got to just keep going. I'm aiming to run a Half Marathon or 3 next year, including one in April in Abilene, before I run my first full Marathon at Disney in January of 2012. So, you've been warned that this blog will continue until goals are met. Also, if you want these posts delivered to your email, sign up on the right hand side of the page. Thanks for reading, and until next time...later.