My brother-in-law, Wade (first picture) and his wife, had their first baby, Nico, in August. He arrived a bit early and had some complications. Thankfully Nico is thriving now, but Wade entered the Houston half marathon to run it in honor of his new son and the struggles they went through initially. Sometime in November I decided to join him in solidarity.
I have never done any sort of long distance running, so I enlisted the help of my co-worker who runs Marathons competitively. He helped me come up with a training plan. That plan combined with CrossFit SoChac helped get my cardio and leg strength to a high enough level to finish the race.
My goal from the beginning was to complete the race without having to walk any of it. I had been slowly increasing the distance of my runs each week, and last Saturday I set out with the goal of 11 miles. The problem was a couple days earlier we did a CrossFit workout that destroyed my legs. It was the one with all those weighted lunges. I only made it 5 miles before I had to start walking. I still finished the 11 miles, but I had to walk a huge portion of it.
I made sure to not make that mistake for the actual race. My legs were fresh and I was able to complete the half-marathon without having to stop or walk at all. I finished in 2 hours and 3 minutes at a 9:25 min/mile pace. Obviously it’s not a competitive time by any means, but I was proud to accomplish my goal while running in solidarity with my brother in-law and his son.