May: A Month of Accomplishments
May turned out to be a month of big accomplishments for me.
First, I ran my first half marathon (which I started training for back in February) in the desert of Wadi Rum, Jordan. Originally I had planned to run in a half marathon in Saida but a few weeks into my training I realized that somehow the event no longer existed (they cancelled it I guess?) A friend told me about this Full Moon Half Marathon in Jordan and I thought it sounded really cool: a night time run, under a full moon, with torches to light the way. I got really excited to go and even found a friend to travel to Jordan and run it with me. Then a week or so before the race it occurred to me that desert=sand and started getting really nervous about having to run 13.1 miles in sand but still hoped for the best (read: that there would be a road running through the desert). Well, there was no road but I did manage to finish the race in two and a half hours so I felt really good about that.
Then, a week later I ran my first triathlon. I had never even considered doing a triathlon but some of my friends were going to do it so I thought, why not? I figured I’ve been running a lot so I’ve got that covered (especially since I’d only have to run 5K), I swim at the gym pool for an hour at a time so that should be a breeze, and I’ve been on some killer bike rides in Lebanon with my friend George so I’m sure I could handle the biking. So, I signed up for the triathlon without any proper training for it. The triathlon was a 750 meter swim in the Mediterranean, a 20K bike ride though banana plantations, and a 5K run through the Roman ruins and old city of Tyr. The hardest part turned out to be the swimming which surprised me. I’m a pretty good swimmer but I hadn’t accounted for how nauseous the waves and the salt water would make me. Over all though it was a great experience and I can’t wait to do another one.
Finally, as if a half marathon and a triathlon weren’t enough, I decided to finish the month by completing a goal of running 75 miles for the month. After all my training I was just 33 miles short of the badge on Smashrun so I decided to push myself to make it to 75 even though I could have taken a week off after the triathlon.
All in all it was a pretty eventful month and I accomplished a lot of goals that I didn’t even know I had. As for my next goal? I’m planning on running another half marathon at the end of July with a much better time that 2.5 hours.