The weather was perfect for runners during the Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon last Sunday. First timer, Heather Weis, was nervous after having a few set backs during training, but she finished strong with the help and encourage of her family and friends. Here’s what else she had to say about her experience:
Q. What mile marker was the hardest to pass?
A. Mile 8 was the hardest for me. It was before the 9-mile turn around, so you could see other runners going past you the opposite direction towards the finish. It went on forever and the whole time I kept thinking how much I wanted to be heading the other direction toward the finish too.
Q. What kept you motivated?
A. For me, it was knowing all the hard work and training I had put in. I had an injury halfway through my training and was diagnosed with strep throat two days before the race. My motivation was that despite my setbacks, all the training I did was going to get me through no matter how long it took me to finish.
Q. Do you have recommendations on any special snacks or drinks that kept you going?
A. I took “Gu” twice which really helped with endurance. I tried to stop at every water table for either water or Gatorade. In hindsight, I do wish I would have worn a water belt with sports drink and extra water so that I could have had access to fluids whenever I wanted them and also because the water tables were very congested with runners and at times hard to access.
Q. How did you feel when you crossed the finish line?
A. For me it was an emotional moment. I cried on and off throughout mile 12 because I could not believe I had completed a half marathon.
Q. How did you recover after the run?
A. I needed some electrolytes because I felt dehydrated. I stretched and drank Gatorade. I will definitely take a week off from running and stretch every day to give my body time to recover.
Q. How long did you wear your medal?
A. Oh we were supposed to take it off? Hah, I wore it after the race, all the way home in the car and then my kids, who probably thought it was equivalent to me winning an Oscar, wanted to wear it when I got home.
Q. What are your future running plans?
A. Since I am a busy mom of three kids, I am going to do another half marathon to work on my time and then maybe consider a full marathon in the future. I think it’s important to know your training limits so you can stay injury free and healthy. For me that is an important factor in considering what race to do next.
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