My First Half Marathon

Posted: March 10, 2012 in cardio, exercise, fitness, food, Health, metabolism, nutrition, run, running, sports, Uncategorized, wellness, workout

I ran my first half marathon (13.1 miles) on March 4, 2012 in Tampa, FL for Gasparilla. It was alot of fun and over 4,500 racers showed up to run the event. The race started at 6am in the morning and it was raining a little but the wind was blowing strongly against us. This was definitely a fun experience but very tiresome around mile 10. So much of me wanted to stop at mile 10, my legs were sore and the wind was blowing against me making it very tough to run forward 🙂 I had only 3.1 miles to go but I knew that I did not want to give up or stop so I stayed strong and focused mentally on running instead of focusing on how I was feeling. I thought about my family, dad, mom, brother and sister and not wanting to let them down so I finished it for them. 🙂

My finish time was 2:17:07 which I thought was pretty good considering this was my first half marathon and that my training wasnt up to par because of my busy work and school schedule. I was also wearing a 15 pound backpack. 🙂 I am very proud of myself and it felt really good crossing that finish line. It would have been even better to see my family waiting at the finish line for me but they live in another city so it would have been difficult for them to come.  Over three years ago I wasn’t really in shape, didn’t know what running was, and had a not so good diet regimen. Looking back to where I am now, I see a huge accomplishment.

Word of Advice

If you want to do something or have a desire in your heart that you want to do something, set your mind to it and get it done.
Don’t let anyone discourage you of your dreams. Life is too short to be held back by others and their negativity. Surround yourself with positive people and you yourself will stay positive. You wont believe how many times I had people tell me, oh you’ll never lose the weight, you’ll never be able to run a half marathon, its impossible for you to move up in that company. When I hear words like this I just simply tune it out and keep moving and work hard to prove that person otherwise.

Going forward

Going forward I plan to keep living a healthy lifestyle, running and working out. By the end of this year I want to run my first Marathon (26.2 miles) 🙂 Lets see what happens!!

Thanks for reading.







  1. kim says:

    Congratulations on your first 1/2! Nice work!! love that medal!!

  2. perrylup says:

    Go Jay!!! Congrats!!! They say the first step is the hardest. Once you get that done…then you just take a few more. I know that there is a marathon in your near future!!!

  3. Congratulations on a significant accomplishment! It’s onward and upward from here.

  4. I did my first half marathon March 2012 and I finished like you in 2:17… So funny!
    Keep running… All the best… Verena 🙂

  5. Nesha says:

    Hi LJay! Thanks for subbing my blog! I put a full marathon on y bucket list for the year. Best of luck to you. I agree, I should just schedule it and go for it!

  6. henniemavis says:

    2:17 is totally awesome… I’d hoped to do my 1st half this year, but foot trouble is doggin’ me. Maybe I’ll be healed by fall & can give it a go? I love seeing folks of all ages, sizes, speeds & nationalities getting into running. Good job!

  7. Buckeye Mark says:

    Congrats on that first half! 2:17 is a good time. I’ve run 3 halves and my PR is 2:23. I bet sub 2 hour is in reach for you. Cool that you have your first 26.2 in October, as I do, too. Inspiring how you have turned your health around. You are right. If you set your mind to something, you can do it. – Mark

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thanks Mark sincerely! I am doing another half next month and I want to sub 2 hour it. I’m hoping the cross training will help shave time. Stay in touch. Good luck to you too!

  8. Woot! This is great inspiration for my upcoming first Half. Thanks for sharing!

  9. rsouleret says:

    That’s an inspiring post. How do I add your blog link to my blog page?

  10. befresher says:

    We’re running our first half in November! Congrats on your first and here’s to more!

  11. josh29152 says:

    Jay, I could really relate to this one. Thanks for sharing it. I am running 2 halfs in the next couple months. One in a a few weeks and one on Nov 11 (veterans day) no doubt I will write about them both. I hope you get a chance to read them I would love your input.

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