I did it! I’m a half marathoner!

Yesterday was the big day, the Florida West Coast Half Marathon. Despite the small hiccup with parking I will most definitely call the day a success! The weather was super cold by Florida standards, coldest day so far at that point. There was a major head wind that I fought against at a couple different points which made it much harder to keep my steady pace. The final mile in particular was the toughest because of this wind since there was nothing to break it while we were running down the middle of the rowing course.

All I could think of was just getting to the end of the bridge. I knew my sweetie and my munchkin were waiting for me there at the finish line so I just had to get there. I was so happy to hear my sweeties voice as I exited the bridge and got a big high five before crossing the finish line!

I finished my first half marathon hitting my goal time almost exactly! My goal was between 2:30-2:45 and finished at 2:31!!! I’m walking somewhat like an elderly woman today but it was TOTALLY worth it!

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This is it

Months of prep and it’s here…race day! I’m a bundle of nerves and excitement right now secretly hoping I’ve made the right decision as far as clothes thanks to this cold front that decided to come through.

Packet pickup yesterday was pretty cool. I feel like this was the perfect race for me given the location – Nathan Benderson Park, which is quickly becoming a world renowned location for rowing. I feel like high school Jackie and adult Jackie are crossing paths. My final mile I will literally be running on the racecourse with the help of a floating mile long platform! Here’s hoping my legs don’t give out and I end up in the water 😂

I’ll post and update once I’ve recovered from the race!