Today I ran my first half marathon and it was absolutely amazing! It is a great feeling to accomplish something I once thought was impossible. I signed up for the Hapalua Half Marathon 2 weeks before race day. I had been running quite a bit up to this point and thought what the hell why not. Didn’t give me much time to train but I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this. I also wanted my first half marathon to be here in Hawaii before we left the island. The Hapalua Half starts at the Duke Kahanamoku Statue, the course takes you through Waikiki, passing the Honolulu Harbor and Aloha Tower. Back down toward where the start was and around Diamond Head. Finishing the course at Kapiolani Park. A beautiful course!
I was so incredibly nervous for this run! Last night I had trouble falling asleep because I was so anxious. The awesome thing is that Jack actually let me sleep! Thank you little boy! I also had this weird dream that I coasted through the first 10 miles on a razor scooter. You know the one kids ride around on, yeah those! Well so I scootered through the first 10 miles and then there was a checkpoint that I had stay a required 2 hours for to recover and prep for the remaining 3 miles. Such a weird dream! It would have been nice to coast through the half though.
Well two weeks went by fast and suddenly it’s race day! Holy cow! I ran solo but there were so many people there, so many good vibes and positive energy! It was awesome! All ages! All sizes! All ethniticities! and all runners! I definitely did not feel like I was running alone! I arrived at the race around 5:30am. Lonnie and Jack dropped me off since parking was nuts down that way. Before the start I wanted to use the port-a-potty just to be safe and ended up having to wait 15 minutes in line. Yikes! No biggie though because I still made the start!
All the elite folks went first of course! Race started at 6am. I stood in the way back where the 12min milers were. So I didn’t end up starting my run until 6:07am. I’m still nervous at this point. Started getting closer and closer to the start line.
I took a running selfie at each mile marker. They weren’t the prettiest of selfies.
I stopped to take a potty break after this because I was making it a point to stop at every water station. So I had to make a quick pit stop.
Messaged Lonnie again at this point. He said “Yes baby! Crushing it!” He kept me motivated and pushing through.
“Run hard. Be strong. Don’t quit.”
Messaged Lonnie again! He said “Wowza. You are really doing great!”
“You don’t have to go fast… you just have to go.”
If your curious what my miles were like time wise:
Mile 1 – 11:16
Mile 2 – 11:23
Mile 3 – 11:34
Mile 4 – 11:32
Mile 5 – 11:55
Mile 6 – 11:44
Mile 7 – 11:48
Mile 8 – 12:07
Mile 9 – 12:07
Mile 10 – 14:08
Mile 11 – 12:04
Mile 12 – 13:26
Mile 13 – 13:26
I wasn’t fast at all. All that mattered to me was that I finished. I set a goal for myself to finish the Hapalua half in 3 hours and I beat that by 19 minutes. So I am beyond proud of myself! I am RUNderful!!