13 thoughts I had during 13.1

Recently, I ran my first half marathon. I grew up never liking to work out or run. My family even used to make fun of me for being lazy.

However, I worked up the courage to sign up for a half marathon after completing a few 5K and 10K races. I trained for months, got sick a few weeks before and thought about dropping out. However, I stuck it out and decided to run. Although some back spasms slowed me down during the race and I didn’t make the time I wanted (man, it was hilly,) I finished!

Here are 13 thoughts I had throughout the course of the 13.1 miles of my first half marathon.

Mile One: Can people get out of my way? Are people seriously already walking and taking up the whole road?

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Mile Two: One mile down … 12 to go … hahahaha, 12 miles.

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Mile Three: My splits can be better than this. Time to pick up the pace.


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Mile Four: “I feel good! I knew that i would. … I feel nice! Like sugar and spice.”

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Mile Five: Hehe, look at all these people I’m passing. … OK, wow. Look at all these people looping around me, two miles ahead of me.

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Mile Six: Hmm … This seemed to go a lot faster during practice runs.

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Mile Seven: I can’t believe that I’m only halfway done. Halfway done. Halfway. Can I cry now?

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Credit: quickmeme.com

(At this point, I was actually climbing over a bridge like this. I didn’t stop running, but I’m pretty sure a sloth could have passed me.)

Mile Eight: I am going to CRUSH breakfast when this is over.


Mile Nine: I hate myself. I hate the me who signed up for this race. I hate my slow, lead-filled legs. I hate my lungs. I hate this course. I hate the way this energy chew tastes in my mouth. I hate running. I hate running so much. I hate everything.

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Mile Ten: I got that runners’ high! I am about to kill it. Only a few more miles to go.

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Mile Eleven: Everything. Hurts. My body is in so much pain.

Mile Twelve: I must beat this one person in front of me. He is going down. My legs weigh 1,000 pounds but I will prevail!

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Mile Thirteen: I AM DYING, BUT I AM DONE. Someone bring me a banana and a beer.

It's finally over



Olivia Witherite is currently serving as the Social Media Director at MASN. You can learn more about her career on LinkedIn and more about her personal life on Twitter.


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