Brooklyn Stand Up! I mean, like, if you can after running 13.1 miles in the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Which, by the way, is no joke. Runner’s knee and shin splits and blistered feet are real life torture, but shuffling across the finish line (complete with the picturesque background of Coney Island and the smell of Nathan’s Hot Dogs wafting through the air), and crossing off that “run a marathon” line in your bucket list is extremely rewarding. And painful. And exciting. And nerve-wrecking. And…just feels on feels on feels. So if you’re a first-time runner in a marathon, a half marathon, a 10K or 5K, you’ve probably felt these feels too. Like… Believing that you can finish the race about a month out. (Then realizing your furthest distance of 7 miles isn’t going to cut it): Getting nervous that you won’t finish the race. (And having real nightmares about it): Choosing to drink beer to cope instead of training with your group of runners: Choosing to eat cheese fries instead of training with your group of runners: Feeling guilty about both of those binges and going super hard on your running for the next few days: Starting to loathe your Nike Run App. (Like seriously? 12 miles tomorrow?): Developing a real competitiveness with your friends on Nike Run App. (Because yes b*tch, I ran 2.7 miles more than you this month): Going to a sports store to look for every neon green thing they have to wear on race day: Realizing you don’t need to spend $400 on neon green, dry-fit everything to run a race, because hey, you got this! You’re a real runner, gear or no gear: That absolutely blissful feeling of filling up on carbs before race day: Feeling like you ate too many carbs before race day: Not being able to sleep before race day: Getting to the race in your half neon green outfit and feeling those jitters. (Do I have to use the bathroom or am I just afraid I’m going to end up like this poor guy?): Foregoing the Porta-Potty for obvious reasons: Feeling like you can accomplish anything when you see the other 25,000 runners starting with you: Not knowing for sure if your runner’s knee is acting up or if you’re a hypochondriac: Getting to mile 6 and feeling like a million bucks: Getting to mile 11 and feeling like this lady: Seeing the finish line and thinking you might not make it: But then realizing you can’t let kind strangers that come out to support down: Reaching your goal and walking away with a medal like a boss. (Like, did I really do this?!): Congrats to all the Brooklyn Half Marathon finishers and anyone out there training for their next run. PHOTO CREDIT: Giphy, NYRR
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