For those of you that didn't know, I started running July of 07 to help me with my health. (I have lower my blood pressure, and put my cholesterol in the normal range!) It has been 7 months now and I have made one "long" step towards my goal of completing a full marathon. Today I traveled to Carlsbad, CA to run my first 1/2 Marathon, and I completed it! I was a little off my time that I have been working on, but still completed it in 1:54! My goal was 1:44 but around the 10 mile mark I started cramping in my legs. I was sweating more I thought and didn't get enough sodium in my system. (Oh well, I will be running another one in March.) The coarse was beautiful! At the 3 mile mark the road went directly beside the ocean and you couldn't ask for a better view. I ran with a few guys from work and we all did well. The guy running with me is "Pro-Triathlete" who kept me on my marks. (that is until the cramps set in) I will say it was tough, but well worth it. I like the fact that I can push myself further than I thought possible when the going gets tough.