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BK2014_RunnersTakeBK06 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): kanyesmile Getting nervous that you won’t finish the race. (And having real nightmares about it): wake Choosing to drink beer to cope instead of training with your group of runners: beer Choosing to eat cheese fries instead of training with your group of runners: fries Feeling guilty about both of those binges and going super hard on your running for the next few days: run Starting to loathe your Nike Run App. (Like seriously? 12 miles tomorrow?): phone 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): comp Going to a sports store to look for every neon green thing they have to wear on race day: shop 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: kind That absolutely blissful feeling of filling up on carbs before race day: carbs Feeling like you ate too many carbs before race day: 2013-11-18-fatcat Not being able to sleep before race day: sleep 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?): marathon_120492_2245044 Foregoing the Porta-Potty for obvious reasons: Jackass_edae18_2058853 Feeling like you can accomplish anything when you see the other 25,000 runners starting with you: BK2014_RunnersTakeBK01 Not knowing for sure if your runner’s knee is acting up or if you’re a hypochondriac:  imp Getting to mile 6 and feeling like a million bucks: run girl Getting to mile 11 and feeling like this lady: marathon-o Seeing the finish line and thinking you might not make it: marathon But then realizing you can’t let kind strangers that come out to support down: BKHalf_TOGETHER07 Reaching your goal and walking away with a medal like a boss. (Like, did I really do this?!): boss 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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