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My First Half Marathon Experience


We are unconscious, we must recognize it. We had already run a couple of races of 10 kilometers, and the maximum distance we had reached was 15. A friend told us that in the half marathon of our city they gave T-shirts of a brand that we liked and in this way we lived the atmosphere of a Great race. We decided that in the 15 we retired.

What do you think we did?

Well, at kilometer 10 I told Mari Carmen to leave, but I did not. A lady insisted that I finished and went to kilometer 17 telling me that I could, that I was not discouraged, that it was my first and that I could not keep that memory. He finally gave me his hat and threatened to find me on the list of people who had finished and that I could not give him that disgust.

We arrived at the goal. As we did not have a plan after finishing, since we thought we were not going to do it, it took us almost 30 minutes to find us. Mari Carmen scared thinking I was lying around and I was in an empty stadium without knowing what to do. We took 2:30 and 2:58 respectively, an adventure.

My kilos for those who need them

I have stuck at 122 kilos again; there was no way to lose that weight. I wanted to lose weight again, I knew how to do it, but I wanted to have a particular motivation. We have a travel blog ( Cuentaviajes.com ), and I launched a proposal called My kilos for those who need it.

It consisted in that for each kilo that I lost I donated another food to the food bank, and I wanted to involve more people so that the donation was more significant and I convinced several friends to bet with me. I told them I was going to lose 25 kilos in one year. If he did not forget them, he would donate twice as much as they proposed, and half as much.

I lost 25 kilos and ended up donating 230 kilograms of food to the Food Bank.

Learn to run

We had been running for a couple of years on our own, and we realized that we needed to take another step. We had already run two half marathons, but we did not improve, we trained as we pleased when we wanted and pulling plans that we were looking for on the internet.

With our first coach, we leaped quality. We learned about rhythms and career techniques and especially what commitment means in structured training.

We used to train on an athletics track, and our classmates were opposed to firefighters. There came a time when we were the oddballs because on weekends we ran long runs and we did not do the same types of series or the same rhythms. Mari Carmen ran her best half marathon thanks to this training, but for me it was very harmful, dragging more than 100 kilos for the tartan was hard work for my joints and hamstrings, and I spent more time injured than training.

After the return of vacation we decided that we would not return to the garnet oval.

The adventure of a marathon

We were on vacation, and I get a call. My neighbor asked me if we wanted to make an announcement, but it would be a surprise for Mari Carmen, and she had to remain a secret.

Without knowing anything and for two months we were running trying that without realizing it we will increase the runs, some change of pace, etc … While I recorded my part of the ad, I collected photos, implied family and colleagues of their work so that I noticed nothing.

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