Three weeks ago, on an unseasonably warm spring morning, I successfully completed my first half marathon in 2:22. The course was very hilly and with the 80 degree temperatures, the race was way harder than I expected it to be. Despite my months of preparation, things didn’t go exactly as I’d planned and with having to run alongside over 30,000 other runners I found myself doubting my ability to finish around mile 11. I’m so glad I persevered, though and finished!
There was a lot of time to think while running and it kept occurring to me how alike childbirth and racing are-right down to things not going exactly as I’d so carefully planned.
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Remember before your first child was born and there was gear that you just HAD to have? It was the exact same way with preparing for the half marathon. Like finding the perfect crib, 100% organic cotton swaddling blankets, and the perfect going home from the hospital outfit, there were things I simply HAD to have before running the race! Simply having shorts, shoes, socks, and t-shirt would probably have been just fine for the race, yet I spent hours shopping for the perfect compression pants, water belt, and many other "must have" running gear.
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