Remember that time I "trained" for a half marathon? Yeah, that was a good time. No, really it was such a good time that I signed up for another half marathon and swore this time I was going to train. Hell, the race even had supported training runs, it would be almost impossible for me to not train.
This, of course, means I didn't really train. I went on one long run, 9 miles, and added the other runs to my calendar but didn't actually get up for them. I had my reasons, one time it was raining and I don't run in the rain. One time jparks was out of town and I couldn't leave the kids alone. Another time I was just lazy. While I did skip almost all of the long runs, I did go for a 3 to 5 mile run multiple times each week, so that was more training than before. All of this training led me to think I could easily shave 15 minutes off my half marathon time and finish in 2:30.
Now real runners out there are laughing at me. First, most people don't aim to shave 15 minutes off their PR in one race. Second, real runners aren't stupid and they actually train. To that I say, suck it real runners!
(I don't really mean that real runners! I love you! I want to be you!)
I finished an incredibly hilly course in 2:28:51!
Or 2:28:46 if you want to go by my chip time.
Y'all I was so happy I nearly cried when I got to the finish line. I can't wait to see the race pictures because I know I was smiling like an idiot as I crossed the finish.
Here I am after I collapsed to the ground gripping a Muscle Milk and a bottle of water while I waited for a friend to finish:
Hello boob butt crack, I'm so glad you were able to join us for the race.
I'm pretty sure now I'm going to register for a full marathon. And I pinky swear, this time I'm going to train for real.