So you know how last week I announced my awesome Chipotle sponsorship for an upcoming half marathon? Well, I may have failed to mention that the race was this past weekend. Hence the title of this post: I ran a half marathon that I didn’t train for. But you know what? I survived, and not only that… I KILLED IT!
We killed it. One of my best friends Barbie and I, that is. The race started at 7:00 am, and we were downtown St. Louis by 6:15. Talk about an early morning. We made sure to do our pre-race
stretching jumping. We were excited to be running the same race we ran almost ten years ago.
The Go! St. Louis changed its course to make it less hilly, which was very much appreciated by the runners. This year, we ran through East St. Louis for part of the race… not very pretty. It kind of left us scratching our heads (and running faster) as to why they would have taken us through a really crummy part of town. Regardless, we powered through.
My goal was just to cross the finish line alive. Since my longest run was six miles, and I had run a total of six times prior to the race, I knew I couldn’t set my expectations too high. However, I really wanted to complete the race without walking. A lofty expectation, I know.
The race began and I felt good. We had great conversation, and before I knew it, we passed mile marker one. Then, two. Then, three, four, five, and six. I was trying not to psych myself out since six was the longest that I had run prior to this race, but aside from my knees feeling sore, I was feeling awesome! I couldn’t believe it, and was excited to continue. This feeling stayed with me… until we crossed the finish line!
Official time: 2:12:39! That’s about an average of ten-minute miles! To say I’m proud of myself is an understatement. It’s amazing what the body can do when you put your mind to it!
Go! St. Louis Finisher
The weather was perfect. The race began at 50 degrees and finished at 60. It was overcast, so we didn’t have to worry about the bright sun. There was a slight drizzle just for a few minutes mid-race, but all in all, I’d say it was perfect racing conditions!
I wouldn’t have even raced if it weren’t for this girl. I thought, “No way!” could I run a half marathon with as little as I’ve run recently. Barbie believed in me, pushed me to sign up, and stayed with my every step of the way!
Post-race, I headed to Chipotle’s VIP tent. There was a delicious spread of food, Chipotle swag, chiropractors to stretch you, and this lady:
Katie is a fellow FitFluential Ambassador, and we had a great time catching up.
All in all, it was a fabulous race. Huge shout out to Chipotle! They were the best sponsor to one of my favorite races. I’ve got the gold to prove it!
Not that I would suggest running a half marathon without properly training, but I am super impressed with my body. I feel like running has finally clicked for me again, and I’ve been bit by the racing bug! Now to decide which race is next…
Did you race this weekend? Do you have any upcoming races?