Dear readers of my blog, I don’t think I ever bragged here about my running accomplishments, but this time I’m going to. On Sunday I completed my first half marathon (the Sixth Warsaw Half Marathon), and thus established a new personal record in running distance.
Participating in the half marathon was somewhat a spontaneous decision. While I did consider this a maybe-long-term running goal for 2011, I never planned I would even make an attempt at it so early after the winter break. In fact, through all of February and March, I only did eight runs of various distances. What I did plan was to take part in a 5k or 10k street run in March, but it turned out there were no 5k/10k runs in Warsaw at this time. There was, however, the Warsaw Half Marathon.
So, I thought I might just as well try it. I decided I would first run a similar distance at least once, and if I could do that, I would sign up for the half marathon. And so on March 22nd, five days before the event, I ran 19.5 kilometers. That was close enough, so I had no other choice but to keep my self-promise, and I signed up.
As I expected, it was both a great experience and a really tough challenge. The first ten kilometers went fairly smoothly, but after that each kilometer seemed longer and more difficult. The last five seemed like going on forever, and I had to keep saying to myself “it’s just a few more kilometers, you can’t quit now, don’t be a wuss”. Finally, after almost two hours (1:59:01) of running, I crossed the finish line. The feeling was like no other.
This is the medal that I got for finishing the run, now considered my dearest running trophy: