I ran 13.1 miles this weekend for my first half marathon!!! A group of us Penn dental girls traveled from Philadelphia. My suitemate Helen also flew in to run this inaugural Nike women’s half marathon in DC. I signed up for this race about five months in advance but didn’t get to train as much as I wanted/needed to. My longest run was seven miles. I was nervous and anxious leading up to the race about… I don’t know? Not finishing? Cramping up/crying/injuries?
We spent the entire weekend in DC walking around Georgetown and DC famous spots. I brought my anatomy study materials on the bus but spent most of my free time sleeping.
Then race day. Thirteen miles in the most beautiful 50’s, 60’s weather. I had planned on run/walking but I ended up running the entire thing. There was so much energy in the air! And reading everyone’s shirts and signs gave me that extra push I needed on race day. And at the finish line, my Tiffany’s necklace & finisher’s shirt were waiting for me.
It was a marvelous break from school and Philadelphia. I’m amazed by (and grateful for) what my body can do. 13.1 miles! That’s like Houston to Galveston. I’ve come a long way. And as Jackie mentioned, I’m so grateful for this wonderful community of runners in our dental class. Without our constant “how’s your training going?” chats, I don’t think I would have kept up.