I ran my first half marathon and it felt great! I was so excited to finish my first half marathon, I was on cloud nine the rest of the day. I thought I would want to just come home and crawl into bed after getting only about 2 hours of sleep. I was so nervous and excited that I just could not sleep. When I got to sleep I kept waking up because I was afraid that I was going to sleep through my alarm that went off at 5:00 am--ouch. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a night owl--an extreme night owl. I am up until about 3 am every night.
I got down to Salt Lake and was so glad that I brought an extra outfit. Since it was my first race I did not know what to wear (just like a girl I know). I figured it would better to be safe than sorry. I originally put on my tank top and shorts (the day high was 73 degrees) but at 6 am it is freezing. I got half way across the parking lot and turned around to put on my long sleeve shirt and calf long leggings.
I went to the platform to wait for the TRAX to come (public transportation provided for free). It did not come for over a half an hour. We all started to panic because we had less than fifteen minutes before the start of the race and the ride up to the start takes 25 minutes. You can do the math--we were all late (even the girl who won it last year!!) I then had to go to the bathroom. I was so happy to know that you do not start to get clocked until you cross the start line. I started the race 20 minutes late. My time was 2 hours and 11 minutes. Not bad for my first half marathon. I was just happy that I finished. I was so proud that I wore my bib and metal most of the day--to show off of course!