This May I set out to do another half marathon! I chose to do the Cleveland spring marathon because it's close and the course was changed since the last time I ran it so it wouldn't be "boring". One can never predict the weather for this particular weekend. When I did the half the first time it was chilly rain, when I did the full marathon is was scorching hot. This year the weather was sunny but a tad on the chilly side, just a little itsy bit chilly. I had no expectations coming into this race, I simply wanted to just do it and enjoy the experience.
It took me longer than I planned to find a parking spot and then I searched everywhere for some sort of bathroom. After finally releasing my bladder I head to the start line following random people who were obviously running this race.
We finally took off and I started the half marathon. It was taking me a while to warm my legs up but the course was pretty and all of the fans were great! I always enjoy seeing the creative signs. Unfortunately I don't think my bladder emptied all the way and I started to get the urge to pee. I ignored it for a bit, thinking I would just sweat it out. However, it became rather annoying. I passed several porto- potties but there were long lines. I kept telling myself, I'll stop at the next one the line will be shorter. Well I finally got to my 6 or 7 mile and just had to stop. There were several people in front of me and it felt like they were taking forever. Alas, I finally did my business.
I have always found it very difficult to start moving again after suddenly stopping for a bit. I continued to start running again but was feeling a bit discouraged for the set back in time thanks to my bladder. I kept moving forward.
The last 3 miles were slightly up hill and any runner can feel that, especially towards the end of a race. Pushing through I crossed the finish line, grabbed water, took this smiling picture, and proceeded to find my way back to my car.
My time was significantly slower than the first time I ran this half marathon. Though I was irritated about this fact I reminded myself that I was just out here to have fun and the pit stop made a difference in time and how I felt....it happens :) I was smiling afterwards so that is a big win for me <3