I finally did it, I ran my first half marathon! I completed 5k and 10k races in the past, but always wanted to run a half marathon. Well, last weekend, months of training culminated in the Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon on a beautiful day in the heart of Denver. The course featured lush parks, mountain and skyline views, and plenty of music to keep the runners on their toes. I even had my own personal cheering section; dear friends and my husband met me at several places along the course to give me a much needed boost! The first 8 miles felt really comfortable, and despite some foot discomfort between miles 8 and 9, I got my second wind and finished the race strong. The training and cheering certainly paid off – I exceeded my personal goals. But I noticed after about 12 of the 13.1 miles, and what seemed like gallons of water and sports drinks along the course, my body was aching for some real food.
In addition to staying hydrated and consuming electrolytes lost through sweat, the body requires carbohydrates to fuel through performance. But after months of long runs and trying a variety of quick energy sources, all sorts of bars, goops, and elixirs, I was ready for a real post-run meal. In my gear bag, safely tucked away near the finish line, was a homemade peanut butter sandwich and a ripe, fresh pear. Not only was I salivating thinking about it, but it was an ideal combination or carbohydrates, protein, and a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals to recover and repair. Plus, it was simple, natural, and delicious!
I felt amazing as I ran through the finish line, elated by my accomplishment. Pounding the pavement and achieving my hard-earned goal, could anything taste sweeter than this?