Let’s start with this: I’m sore. In every place imaginable.

The good news? I finished the Seaside Half Marathon. I actually moved 13.1 miles and exercised for 3 hours and 25 minutes.

Here are my stats:

  • I finished #2115 out of 2127. Meaning, I beat approximately 12 people. But that can’t be true because there were at LEAST 20 behind me.
  • My pace was 15:39 per mile. I know that’s slow.
  • I got a cramp in my right calf about 1/4 of a mile into the race and I thought for sure that I was going to get carted off the course by some sort of emergency vehicle.

The worst miles:

  • Mile 2: It was a boring and I felt like this was a really bad choice.
  • Mile 12: I thought, “This is it! Last mile!” and I even started my last mile playlist [see below for details] and my friend Katie looped back and finished with me. Unfortunately, it was the LONGEST MILE OF MY LIFE.

The best miles:

  • Mile 3: I had this moment where I was like, “Wait, I just ran a 5K. I’m 1/4 of the way through with the whole race. LET’S DO THIS THANG!”
  • Mile 8: It just felt good. I don’t know why. I just liked it.

Here’s me at the halfway turn. I know. Yikesies. [My desire to give you a glimpse of the experience is apparently greater than my desire to have any sense of pride. Sorry.]

And here I am at the finish line!

I know I know. 3 hours and 25 minutes is tortoise speed. But I totally enjoyed the experience which made it worth it to be a bit tardy to the finish line.

I also totally enjoyed my HALF MARATHON! playlist. Like whoa. Majorly. And so here it is. Please forgive the 2-3 songs with [EXPLICIT] lyrics. I was given a few songs as gifts and they have some yucky language. Don’t buy those.

These are all Top 40/Pop/Rap kind of songs. I needed strong beats to keep my legs movin’. I got to listen to my HALF MARATHON! playlist, uh, twice. [I’m slow, remember?]

[Also- you can click on the images to see the lists bigger.]

And, as previously mentioned, I had a LAST MILE! playlist. It was really great to get to start it. Like, “Whoa, here it is. Time for the LAST MILE! playlist. That’s weird. And cool.” [My thoughts were obviously really deep at this point of the race.]

Overall, I give the experience two thumbs up. I walked a lot, I danced a little to my HALF MARATHON! playlist, and every muscle in my right leg and all but one muscle in my left leg are sore x 100.

But it was TOTALLY worth it.

And listen, if you’ve ever considered participating in a race like this, DO IT.

Trust me, if I can do this, so can you. And, you’ll have a faster time than me.

It’s just true.