Thoughts I Have While Running the Door County Half Marathon
by Aleah Kidd
9:40 Do I need to go to the bathroom? Maybe I should drink more water. No, that’s too much water. Maybe that third banana was overkill. 9:53 Okay. You got this. Be chill, start smooth, no sprinting. Man, I’m freezing! Maybe I’ll keep my outer layer for now. 9:56 *America, America!*
10:00 Here we go! Breathe, find your groove. Only 13 miles to go. 10:05 Holy $%*! It’s warm out. Goodbye forever zip-up. You’re dead to me. 10:07 Oops! Going way too fast… let’s pull it back mustang Sally. 10:11 Do I need a drink? Water or gatorade? I don’t know, I don’t know… FINE! Getting some. 10:32 Feeling good, finally found my target pace. Lock ‘er in! 10:42 Uh-oh. The Hill. Just keep moving legs!! Feet don’t fail me now! 10:44 My lungs. My lungs are broken. 10:50 Well hello my loyal admirers!! Thanks for the high-fives! Yes, I CAN do this!
10:54 Yes. Made it halfway. These views are gorgeous! This downhill feels so good. The sun is shining, spring is here! I feel awesome. 11:01 There’s that man in a kilt. Why though? 11:07 This road looks really long. I think it’s getting longer. I really want to walk now. Maybe just a little? It would be really nice to take a break. No, keep going. People are running. I am running. Just keep running. 11:21 Best downhill eveeerrrrrr! I’m flying!!!! 11:33 My legs are sandbags. I want my slippers. No. No nono nonoo not a side stitch. Noooooo. Take it easy, just keep breathing. 11:46 Okay. In the home stretch. Less than two miles to go. Easy, peasy.
11:48 What?? Why is there a hill here?? 11:53 This is it. The finish line HAS to be around this bend. 11:54 Definitely this bend. 11:55 OMG, where is it. 11:57 Final. Sprint. ENGAGE!!!
12:00 Thank. Sweet. Baby. Jesus. Medal me!