On January 8th of this year, I ran my very first half marathon.  For those of you who do not know, a half marathon is a 13.1 mile race.  This race took place at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  It began rather early in the morning, at approximately 5:30 am which was great for me because I do my best running first thing in the morning.  I ran the race with my fraternity brother from Tallahassee – Dr. Juan Guardia. 

This is a race I have trained for, for the last 2 and a half years.  I started by trying to run 3 miles at a time.  When I first began I could barely get myself past a mile but in a couple of weeks after dilligently trying I managed to complete one half of the leg, walk a quarter of a mile , and then run the rest.  With enough repeated attempts I was able to run the full three miles without stopping.  Not too long I started running 5K races with some of my fraternity brothers at Disney World as well as a few in Jacksonville.  As my running ability improved, I had many thoughts about running longer  races.

What got me started on my way was when I began working for Lender Processing Systems.  In the IT department where I work, I work with a few gentlemen who are very good runners.  As I began running during my lunch hour, they would join me and as they got their running legs back, they would push me beyond my limits allowing me to venture into running 5 and 6 mile lengths rather than the 3 mile ones I was used to, so eventually I began wondering if I could run a half marathon. 

As I kept tellimg myself that one day that I would do it, an opportunity presented itself when Juan made the commitment to run the race in Disney.  After much deliberation I decided to do it and just made the deadline at Disney for registration.

Juan and I ran the race and we did great for 10 miles, running neck in neck, and then I hit my wall where my “dogs” weren’t barking, they were howling !!!  But I was determined to finish the race so althought it required a little bit of walking and a whole lot of hobble-jogging, I finished the race in 2 hours, 16 minutes, 47 seconds. 

I am very encouraged by the results and I am proud, but as I look forward, I am looking forward to the next half marathon, although for now, I am training for the Gate River Run.