PCRF Half Marathon (Race?) Recap Part 1 [or How I Decided This Was A Good Idea]

4 May
Let’s get this out of the way now: This sucked. Not because of the race, not because of the organizers, not because of anything other than I sucked and was woefully unprepared. But I did it, and that was pretty amazing.

Ok, on to the deets (do people say deets anymore? did I just date myself?).

Yes, I have been MIA. No, I didn’t secretly plan to run a half marathon and not tell you guys. This one just kind of … happened. I’d been feeling pretty low about myself. As I mentioned, D’s new girlfriend is in my profession and she’s unbelievably successful, in a way I’ll never be. I know I shouldn’t compare myself and blah blah blah but honestly (and we’re all about honesty here – Gidget’s Rule #3: Always tell the truth), it’s been a huge blow to my self esteem. I’ve been doing a lot of internal soul searching and I’ve been feeling pretty unaccomplished. Yes, I’m about to graduate law school, yes, I moved across the country all by myself but I couldn’t convince myself those things were awesome.

I had 2 exams and a paper within 24 hours of each other on Thursday/Friday. I was drinking my 3436th latte of the morning when I got this magical tweet from the beautiful Sarah:

Well, no, no I wasn’t. I had an exam on Monday and an exam on Tuesday. I was going to spend my entire weekend in the library, by myself, feeling alone and stupid and unaccomplished. But wait, why do you ask? Oh, you have an extra bib for a half marathon? On Saturday? No. No, I couldn’t possibly … Well … Ok, I’ll do it. 
Here’s what was going through my head:
“I’m not trained.”
“I couldn’t possibly.”
“Well, I was going to run 6-8 miles anyway.”
“How bada$$ would I be if I ran a half marathon in the middle of finals?”
“I bet she never ran a half marathon in the middle of finals …”
“Ok, I’ll do it.”
And just like that, I was running a half marathon. In 2 days. With no training. On 4 hours of sleep. OUTSTANDING.
Stay tuned for Part 2 [or How I Totally Took the Prize for Worst Race Fail Ever. In. Life.]


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