Third Time’s A Charm: My Third Half Marathon.

Pre-Race Day: Gearing up the day before at Northstar Cafe. Sweet Potato and Turkey Hash = YUM YUM YUM!

Race Day: I woke up around 6:00AM, showered and made myself some Van’s Waffles+Banana (sadly no coffee before the race!). I arrived at my corral around 7:10AM and had some time for a quick bathroom stop before the race began.

How did the race go? I’m not going to lie, this race was far more difficult than the other two half marathons I’ve done. Somewhere around mile nine I was almost certain that I had to give up. My legs had begun to ache and one of my toes was rubbing the wrong way against my shoe (ultimately creating a blister-ugh!)

As I was contemplating how exactly to give up, one of my favorite worship songs came on through my headphones: Whom Shall I Fear? by Chris Tomlin. The words resonated with me, “I know who goes before me. I know who stands behind. The God of angels army is always by my side.”

It was then find there that I decide to push through and finish strong.

Official Time: 2:31:15

Highlights?  As I’ve said before, I absolutely love to see all of the spectators and their creative signs. It truly is so motivating and helps you push through those tough miles.

I also have to share an embarrassing moment…

I made sure to stay hydrated during this run (as I was somewhat dehydrated in past runs making them even more difficult) so I grabbed water at each fuel station. Around mile six I decided to quickly use the bathroom and – a mere seconds after I sit down – the door swings open and an old man is standing before me! Eek! I thought I had properly locked the door but apparently porta-potty’s are more complex than I thought. 😀

Post Race: After I finished, Marty met up with me and we walked to North Market for a cup of much needed coffee (pumpkin spice coffee to be exact!) 🙂 We decided to take our coffee to-go and walked through the charming Short North district back to our car. Although it was post-race, I’d consider this one of the highlights of the morning. The sun was shining through the red-orange leaves, the smell of baked goods faintly in the air and all of the charming boutiques and cafes began to open their doors for the breakfast rush. So perfect!

Congrats to Danica, Natalie, Ashley and all of the other bloggers running in races over the weekend 🙂 I just love how running unites us all!!

Other posts you may find of interest:
Mind Over Matter: My First Half Marathon
Fun Run: The Color Palooza
The Time I Decided to Train for a Half Marathon

39 thoughts on “Third Time’s A Charm: My Third Half Marathon.

  1. I ran this race on sunday-it was my third half too! The spectator amd volunteer support is certainly amazing! I saw a girl accidentally open a portapotty door on someone during the race lol!

  2. Aw girl I’m so happy for you! You should feel SO amazing for kicking toosh in the half marathon! (Especially when it would have been easy for you to stop and give up!) You should be super proud of yourself. 🙂 Way to go, girl!!

  3. yay for completing! i had a slightly rough first half a couple of weeks ago, but i am so amazingly proud of myself for finishing! it is such an accomplishment! proud of you! 🙂

    1. I actually designed it myself 🙂 Really easy – go to!! It will help you create a banner of photos and for the words I just created the image in Paint and saved it as a JPEG before uploading it in PicMonkey as well 🙂 Let me know if you need any more help!

  4. Ahhhh you know how I love north star! Congrats on your third half!! That is so cool 🙂 Alex and I are thinking about doing the flying feather four miler in Columbus while were there for thanksgiving so I need to start running again!

    1. Is that the one in Dublin? I decided to run the Turkey Trot in Upper Arlington again 🙂 I think it is a fun way to start off Thanksgiving morning! You and Alex should definitely do it 🙂 I convinced Marty to run with me this year (since my sister is pregnant and probably shouldn’t be running 😉 ); I’m excited that it is something we can do as a couple!

  5. Congratulations, again! I love the medal!

    I’m a little sad that I’m not running a half marathon this year. I remember that you ran your first one right before I ran mine. My knee is still bothering me, though, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Maybe I’ll be able to train for one next year!

    1. Thank you! I definitely agree – better safe than sorry. This half marathon took more of a toll on my body than the last few. Here we are at Wednesday and I still am in pain going up and down stairs. I think a few more days of recovery should do it. I’m dying to get back to the gym and spin class but I’m trying to really listen to my body and not push myself too hard. 🙂 If you train for next year, which one were you thinking about doing? I’m considering signing up for the one in Indy where you race around the track!

  6. I love your medal..13.1 BOOM! Amazing job, I am so proud of you for pushing through!! I know the feeling of wanting to give up ALL TOO WELL, but it’s so much more satisfying finishing!

  7. Congrats on the half! I can’t believe you did it without running since July! I don’t think I would’ve made it, haha. And the story about the porta potty made me laugh. it’s okay, we all have embarrassing moments during races!

    1. I’m sure you could 🙂 You seem to workout enough to where your cardiac condition could handle it; however, I will say, my legs have been pretty sore over the past couple of days. I have been taking a spin class 5x a week for the past few months and, while it’s kept me in shape, I think the low impact workout didn’t prepare my legs for the high impact of running that far!

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