100 lb. Club - I DID IT! 13.1 miles for my first Half Marathon!




LitChick
03-21-2010, 05:45 PM
Sorry this is going to be a bit long, but I have to share:

DH and I got up at 4:20 this morning so we could make the trek into Atlanta for the ING Georgia Marathon. I had been checking the weather forecast periodically yesterday, and when I went to bed last night at 9:30 p.m. weather.com said it was only a 20% chance of rain. Perfect! Well, this morning, that had jumped back up to 65%. I brought along my rain jacket just in case but really didn't want to add on extra layers (in addition to my underarmor and t-shirt). We picked up my friend who was doing the race with me (DH was there for support - he is not into long-distance running; biking is his thing).

Once DH dropped us off and went to look for parking, I decided to take my chances with the rain and nixed the jacket (ultimately a good move - the rain was intermittent and more slight drizzle than anything, which was kind of refreshing). My friend and I headed to our start corral, which thanks to me waaaay overestimating the time it would take to finish, put us several blocks back from the start line, but at least we were in the third-to-last corral, not the last. :) About 12,000 people were in downtown Atlanta to participate in either the marathon or the half marathon. Once the race began at 7:00 a.m., it took us about 20 minutes to actually cross the starting line. Then we were off and running before the sun was even up!

For the first few miles, we did a rotation of running for 5 minutes/walking for one minute, but by about the 5th mile, the bursitis in my right hip which started giving me problems last week was kicking in, and it hurt more to go from walk to run or running up hill than just running. So we changed strategies and ran until we started a hill. And this was a very hilly course! But the next few miles were more running and less walking.

We were running through Atlanta neighborhoods and the streets were closed, so we had lots of people on the sidelines cheering us on and people out on their porches yelling out words of encouragement and telling us all how great we were doing, which was really nice, especially since the weather wasn't the greatest. There were hydration stations every couple of miles, and I couldn't believe the number of gatorade cups strewn on the road. You literally had to run over them.

By mile 10, my hip was getting more sore, spreading into my thigh, and my left knee was starting to bother me a bit (not painful, just enough for me to notice). I started walking more and running less, and for the last three miles, I walked more than I ran. For the last couple of miles, every time I ran, I would get a little ripple of cramps running through my calf muscles and I was scared they would seize up and I wouldn't be able to finish the race, so I erred on the side of caution. Coming into the last mile, I saw a girl about my size laying down on the side of the road, conscious but with medics attending to her. I felt so bad for her and hope she was OK and able to finish after making it that far.

As we got to the last half mile, we could hear the crowds and the music and the finish-line announcer, and then we started running again (I was determined to finish this race running!) and as we got close I smiled for the cameramen that were over our heads taking photos. Then I saw my husband on the sidelines right before the finish line, cheering and taking my picture. And then I was done! My chip time was 3:03 but I had my own stopwatch, and had stopped the two times I had to wait in line for the portapotty out on the race course, so my time was 2:58 - I'll take it!

We got our medals and water and a banana, snapped a couple of photos, stretched (and stretched some more) and then went for a post-race breakfast. Being the adopted Southerner that I am, mine was cheese grits and a biscuit, along with plenty of hot, hot coffee.

If you had told me a year ago that I would be doing a half marathon today, I would have thought you were crazy. I am so proud of myself, I can't even tell you, and so thankful that I am able to do it. I love living a healthy, active lifestyle and can't imagine that I'll ever go back to the 'old' me.

One of the things I thought about while I was out there were all the people who have supported me. My husband, who is also committed to getting healthy and has lost more than 100 lbs so far. He is my biggest motivator and inspiration. My family, who love and support me no matter what. For too long, I let my own shame over my weight stop me from going home, and it has now been seven years since I've been home and seen a lot of them. We are going back this summer, but that is too late to see my grandfather, who died earlier this year. I let my weight keep me from seeing him, and left it too late. I won't do that again, regardless of how I look. My grandmother, Mom and mother-in-law, all of whom have passed away but I know they would be so proud and happy for me and my husband, and I could feel them cheering me on today. My friends, who celebrate my successes and tell me how great I'm doing, how much I'm inspiring them, and who make me feel like I am a weight loss rock star. For 3FC and everyone here in the 100LB Club, for your insightful, heartfelt, encouraging, kick-in-the-butt, and informative posts. Even though I don't post A LOT, I read A LOT and reading about your experiences, trials, setbacks, successes and determination help me know that I am not alone in this and that I can do it, too. :hug:

I'm going to take it easy for the next few days, icing my hip, stretching and treating the bursitis while focusing more on biking and swimming until it heals. Next up for me is the Iron Girl triathlon in June! And then looking towards fall for something else ...

Here are some photos from the race.

If you're still here, thanks for taking the time to read this!


Megan33
03-21-2010, 05:56 PM
YOU are a GODDESS!! This is sooo awesome!! Good for you!!! You MUST be super proud of yourself! YAY YOU!!

ubergirl
03-21-2010, 06:01 PM
Lit chick, your post made me cry!!! I am so happy and delighted and thrilled for you....

You are an inspiration!!!


LizR
03-21-2010, 06:04 PM
So far beyond awesome that the light from awesome would take a million years to get to you!

:congrat:

Judy Lynn
03-21-2010, 06:06 PM
Lesley, your post made me choke up a little. I am so darn proud of you girl! :hug:

lovemyboy
03-21-2010, 06:23 PM
Fantastic!! I can't even imagine.

siobhanmc
03-21-2010, 06:29 PM
Congratulations. That is so awesome. You are an inspiration. :)

AR4life
03-21-2010, 06:34 PM
I have tears in my eyes for you, what an amazing accomplishment! (and a great story teller too) :)

JustBeckyV
03-21-2010, 07:07 PM
That is incredible! I have tears as well - very proud of what you have accomplished and hope some day I can feel that feeling myself!

WildThings
03-21-2010, 07:45 PM
How AWESOME! I am so excited for you. 13.1 miles is huge!

PeanutsMom704
03-21-2010, 07:52 PM
If you had told me a year ago that I would be doing a half marathon today, I would have thought you were crazy. I am so proud of myself, I can't even tell you, and so thankful that I am able to do it. I love living a healthy, active lifestyle and can't imagine that I'll ever go back to the 'old' me.


this is so fantastic that I can't even find words. You deserve to be incredibly proud of yourself and what an amazing outlook for the future!

Julie131
03-21-2010, 07:54 PM
You are a rockstar!!! 13.1 is such a major accomplishment! Be proud! I am so happy for you!!! I live pretty close to ATL, so maybe we can run together on your next one! :D:carrot::carrot::carrot:

SwimGirl
03-21-2010, 08:09 PM
Wow!! Amazing!! Congrats on this, really, so amazing!! :) I can't imagine.. yet.. hoping to post something along these lines in a year too! You are an inspiration!

-Aimee

steph84106
03-21-2010, 08:12 PM
Super motivating!! So happy for you :o) I can't imagine what it feels like to accomplish something like that, But I would love to find out! Congrats!

bythenumbers
03-21-2010, 08:30 PM
Wow!! Totally inspired and impressed!:carrot:

Summerblue
03-21-2010, 08:44 PM
you SHOULD be very proud of yourself -- that is VERY INSPIRING!!!!

astrophe
03-21-2010, 09:00 PM
What a great experience! Congrats on the half marathon!
A.

TJFitnessDiva
03-21-2010, 10:05 PM
Congratulations!!! You have passion & I totally admire you for it :D

gumboot
03-21-2010, 10:07 PM
Congratulations! What a fantastic accomplishment! :hug:

bargoo
03-21-2010, 10:15 PM
Awesome !

MomtoThree
03-21-2010, 10:19 PM
Congratulations! You are inspiration to me.

time2lose
03-21-2010, 10:21 PM
So impressive. I can't even imagine! You are a jock now!

ScarlettDrawl
03-21-2010, 10:50 PM
I am awe. You go girl!

traci in training
03-21-2010, 10:56 PM
What a fabulous accomplishment! I'm in awe of you!

ubergirl
03-22-2010, 10:17 AM
You know, I just want to add that I CAN'T FREAKING BELIEVE how SKINNY you look in those pictures!!! WOW!

Loving Me
03-22-2010, 10:30 AM
That is amazing! You are such an inspiration. Congratulations on your fabulous achievement.
I've been considering entering a 5k in a couple of months and you may just have tipped me over the edge.

Nada
03-22-2010, 10:38 AM
Congratulations, Now get to a runnig store and get a 13.1 sticker or magnet and inspire everyone who sees it!!

NebraskaLady
03-22-2010, 10:38 AM
That is totally awesome!!!! You are such an inspiration. I did a 5K walk Saturday, but after reading yours, I think my goal will be to do the 5K run next year. I know, 5K doesn't even compare to what you accomplished. But for an old lady that's never done anything physical, for me, it was a big accomplishment.

EveLHaelf
03-22-2010, 10:52 AM
You. Are. AMAZING! :bravo::cp::cb::congrat:

At the beginning of my weight loss journey, I signed up for a half marathon that will take place on june 19th. Over the months I've used it to inspire me and motivate me to keep going. I graduated the couch to 5k program, but was having terrible hip pain towards the end and I got diagnosed with hip bursitis. My doc basically told me not to run anymore because I can get the same workout on a bike and yadda yadda. I'm in physical therapy now, doing stretches and anything I can to get back to running. My new doctor isn't telling me to give up on running. :)

Reading your post brought tears to my eyes. There was a time, when I was so worried I would never be able to run again because of the stupid comments from my ex-doctor. but after hearing your story, and hearing that you too have hip bursitis but was still able to do your hm, I am absolutely inspired to keep going! My training plan may not be going the way I had originally planned, (I had wanted to run it more than walking, but will now alternate like you did) but I am going to cross that finish line!

Thank you so much for sharing your story! I've only participated in 3 local races so far, but I am absolutely hooked! Reading about the atmosphere and all the people makes me wish June were here already! You are such an inspiration to me and I am in awe of all your success so far!

Congrats on everything you have accomplished! And do not take that medal off! Strut your stuff girl, you deserve it! :hug:

nelie
03-22-2010, 10:58 AM
Congrats!! I've had an off again on again relationship with running, I started doing C25k again yesterday so we'll see :)

mygritsconfessions
03-22-2010, 10:59 AM
LitChick I am sooo proud of you and what you have accomplished! Wow, what an inspiration you are to all of us at 3FC and those you know you personally! I have always wanted to do a marathon, but can never seem to get myself up to the jogging capability to do it. Seeing you accomplish this has re-inspired me to try harder. Thank you!

Shannon in ATL
03-22-2010, 03:15 PM
Congratulations honey! Fabulous! You are doing a triathlon next? Wow! You rock! I am not even considering that.

I ran the ING yesterday, too. Also seriously overestimated my time, so started in corral N as well. By the time it started I had wandered closer to K or L and grossed the start line right at 10 minutes. Honestly, I didn't pay a lick of attention to the clocks - starting later than clock start made my pace time band not be appropriate, so I just ran with my own GPS going in my ear. I did have a super light rain & water resistant poncho (just bought it Friday, thinner than a lot of the shirts people were wearing) but it stayed tied around my waist for a lot of the course. Was it oddly hot to you considering the weather around us or was that just me?

Did you sign up for the Peachtree? It is 10k, but 55 thousand people, compared to the 12 thousand of yesterday...

ETA - looks like they had 3500 people registered for the marathon and only 2,141 finished, depending on where you read they had 12-14,00 registered for the half but only 10,481 finishers. Think the weather kept people away or do you think people fell behind and got picked up by the 'lag trucks' and got medals but didn't log an official finish time?

So sad about the leader in the marathon getting disqualified because he missed a turn following the police pace cycle...

:high: again on the run!

momof5k
03-22-2010, 03:52 PM
Wowee!! That is incredible! Congratulations :)

I, like you, don't post A LOT but I do read A LOT, and this post is very inspiring to me. I am currently training for a half marathon relay (my first) and am...on the fence about running a half.

Your post may just tip me off the fence.

Congrats again!

LitChick
03-22-2010, 11:27 PM
Wow, thanks for all of your replies! Honestly, I am still on a bit of a high from the whole thing. And I am completely humbled that I have been able to pay it forward a bit by inspiring others in return. :hug:

I went to the doctor today (for an unrelated issue) and mentioned my hip pain. He just told me to do as I've planned (cut back til it heals, stretching, etc.) and to try this foam roller thing from GoFit. It's like one of those pool noodles but fatter and not as long. I got one from Target and tried it tonight and it actually seemed to help.

You know, I just want to add that I CAN'T FREAKING BELIEVE how SKINNY you look in those pictures!!! WOW!

Wow, that IS an accomplishment, considering I was wearing spandex tights! :lol: There ain't no hiding in those things! Thanks, uber!

I did a 5K walk Saturday, but after reading yours, I think my goal will be to do the 5K run next year. I know, 5K doesn't even compare to what you accomplished. But for an old lady that's never done anything physical, for me, it was a big accomplishment.

It most certainly does compare! It is all about making the effort and setting goals, and proving to yourself that you can do what you set your mind and body to do. I did my first 5K in October and it was what got me started. Have you looked at the C25K program?

My training plan may not be going the way I had originally planned, (I had wanted to run it more than walking, but will now alternate like you did) but I am going to cross that finish line!

I'm glad you're new doctor supports your goals and is giving you the tools to do so. And even more pleased to see that you are not letting a change in how you will achieve your goal stop you from achieving it! One of my favorite quotes I have heard in the past several days is: "You don't have to go fast. You just have to go." I think that applies well to both running and weight loss! Good luck in meeting your goals. I know you can do it.

I ran the ING yesterday, too. Also seriously overestimated my time, so started in corral N as well. ... Was it oddly hot to you considering the weather around us or was that just me? Did you sign up for the Peachtree? It is 10k, but 55 thousand people, compared to the 12 thousand of yesterday. ... Think the weather kept people away or do you think people fell behind and got picked up by the 'lag trucks' and got medals but didn't log an official finish time?

How funny that we not only both did it, but we were in the same starting corral! I wonder if we saw one another and didn't know it. :) I did find it warm but then I always find it warm when I run, plus I've never run as covered up as I was (I usually just wear tshirt and shorts). One of the first things I did after taking my shower when we got home was to register for the Peachtree! And glad I did, because it filled up later that day. I've never even seen the race so having a hard time imagining what 55,000 people will look like! I wouldn't think the weather was bad enough to keep people away but you never know. My husband said he saw a couple guys come in as they were packing up the starting line and ask them to stop and let them go. I guess they overslept!

Congratulations to you for completing the ING as well!

Shannon in ATL
03-22-2010, 11:42 PM
I imagine we did see each other - I was alone, so I was paying a lot of attention to the people around me for safety as well as curiosity. Now, can't say i remember distinct details about many... :) I sighed up for the Peachtree, too. Submitted my time from the Resolution Run on 1/1 for a placement spot, so have no idea where I will end up in that one. I saw that the only spots left were the 10,000 reserved for mail in lottery. Glad I got in!

One of the reasons some people were running up right at the start of the race was that the Southbound Marta train broke down - I'm not sure which one, but it impacted all the trains after it, might have even stopped some from running, so some people coming from the Northside got there right as it started. I ran into a friend from several years ago and she said she was one of the last people to start because she got there right as the last group was starting. I think she crossed the starting line at 7:25 or so?

Funny - I got a foam roller tonight, too. I think I have a love/hate relationship with it. In some places on my thighs it actually brought tears to my eyes, but it sure feels better now. :)

See you at the Peachtree! Hope the hip feels better soon. Take care of it! :)

I'm thinking I'll get up at 6 tomorrow and try for one of the early registration spots for next year... Pondering registering for the full, that gives me an entire year to change down if I need to...

peace4me
03-24-2010, 02:01 PM
Great Job! You are very inspiring. My husband and I are starting the Couch to 5k today! I'm definitely not a runner, but just reading your story makes me feel like I can do it if I get up and try. Thanks for being such an inspiration. Good luck on the triatholon:)

Trazey34
03-24-2010, 02:44 PM
omg i wanna cry! what a rock star!!! amazing accomplishment, what a victory!