My first half marathon

I ran my first half marathon Sunday morning at 7am in Brandon, Florida. In fact, it was my very first race of any length. It was a beautiful day. My sister Michelle and my niece Jaime came down to join me because they are veteran runners. I was under control pretty much, I’ve heard and read adrenlin and excitement can lead a runner to take off too quickly and then die at the end. I guess I experienced a little of that. My goal was to run an 8 minute per mile pace and for the first 9 miles only two of them exceeded an 8 minute pace all the rest were in the 7:40-7:55 pace. Something happened at mile 10! There were no water stations in any of those miles and I was out of energy and my legs didn’t want to keep the pace. I struggled on the last four miles but still made it in at the time above. I think if I would have stayed closer to the 8 minute pace at the beginning it would have been better but I have no way of knowing. All in all it was a great experience and pretty exciting having my wife Gayle, daughter Lisa, and mom Shirley cheering me on at the finish line. Coming in the last mile I thought it would probably be the last race I ever do but after a couple hours I was already thinking about how to improve my next one! Oh by the way, I finished 8th out of 17 in my age bracket. Jaime finished 3rd in her age bracket!! I was 94th out of 304 over all.

About Scott Ranck

Enjoying life with my wife Gayle and our Yorkie, Zoe boy. I've come to believe life begins when through brokenness I can embrace it fully and openly. I've learned the human drama is an adventure and all of us are made of the same stuff. The Lord is the only being who knows me fully and he has an individual educational plan of life long learning for me and I'm enrolled. This blog is all about what I'm learning.
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