The weekend before last, I ran my 8th half marathon: the Berkeley Half Marathon. I wasn’t planning on running it, but then my mom signed up without me and then I found out if you ran the San Francisco Half Marathon this past summer (which I did) AND you run Berkeley, you get a special San Francisco/Berkeley challenge medal. And then I saw their cute running bear logo (which I love!), and well, I couldn’t resist, so I signed up last minute. Since I signed up last minute (two days before the race, to be exact), I didn’t really train much (although I regularly workout), so I was pretty nervous.
At the start line, I heard one guy say to his friend, “A race is a great place to test all of your insecurities.” Don’t you love that? So true. It was just what I needed to hear.
My view from the start line:
Pre-race photos with my mom. Aubrey didn’t run, she just came to watch with my dad:)
Post-race photo: a complete sweaty mess! (but with a medal! huzzah!)
After running a lot of half marathons, I’d have to say this one was hard. It was pretty flat (which yes seems easier than hills to most people), but I actually found it harder than running hills because there was no downhill. No relief. All manpower. All flat. Which was painful for me.
The whole time I was running, I kept thinking to myself how painful this is and why in the world did I sign up for a half marathon? And now that I finished and have my medals, I’m thinking about what my next half marathon is going to be. Have you ever run a half marathon?