There is nothing better than race day. I love absolutely everything about it--even the pain I feel afterward. It's an unbutton-my-jeans-cause-I-ate-too-much good kind of pain. Except it burns. Shakira is right, my child-bearing hips don't lie.
I just love the anticipation of running a ridiculous amount of miles. The exhilaration of standing at the start line, no matter how cold my little Jenas are (umm thanks, random cold front in Dallas). The camaraderie of the thousands of runners around me, all of them every bit as crazy as me. The encouraging spectators cheering and clapping loudly for everyone. The hilarious and somewhat obnoxious signs they're holding ("Run, Random Stranger, Run!" and "Toenails are overrated!").
I love the dead sprint to the end. It's right when you think your muscles can't muster any more mustard, right at your breaking point. Yet somehow you're able to make one final push toward the end. It's such a rush. Such a feeling of accomplishment. You absolutely cannot beat it.
I've done three full marathons (I'm an all-or-nothing kind of person), but never a 13.1-mile race. This was my first half marathon. It was crazy windy and freezing (something San Antonio did not prepare me for), but I loved it. So much better than the San Antonio Rock and Roll, do y'all remember that sad tale?
Halves are wonderful. You still get that amazing feeling of accomplishment, but you don't quite feel like you're about to keel over and die when you're done. It was the first time I didn't cry when I crossed the finish line (though I did get teary listening to "Defying Gravity" around mile 10). I plan on doing many, many more.
Next month, as my dear friend Molly put it, it's double or nothing with the OKC Memorial Marathon. No halfsies there. We'll be running the whole 26.2. And it's gonna be awesome.
P.S. On an unrelated note, do y'all love my new blog design? My amazingly talented friend Sar did it all because she's as brilliant as she is kind. Seriously. She's a gem if there ever was one.
Linking up with Sami for Weekend Shenanigans!