Here's me, having just finished the 2010 Bristol Half Marathon.
It was my first running race, and it was tough.
I made a few outlandish statements about running it sub 1h 30, and for a few miles it felt like that actually might be do-able. Even at the half way point where the clock read 48 minutes I was hopeful of making it in the 30s. But as the minutes passed and my mile times started to drop off, I began realise that running that fast for that long was harder than I'd thought it would be. Even though it was flatter then any of my training routes and the weather was perfect. Cool, a little drizzly and calm.
There were a few moments in the closing stages where I thought I might not be able to finish, or I might have to start walking. But I stubbornly kept myself going and crossed the line running. It was a mass start with chip timing, so I had to work out my time from my watch, and I thought I'd done enough to hit 1.40 but the official chip time online reads 1.44.02.
I'm a little disappointed I didn't get under 1.40, as I was pretty sure I'd manage that, but after having finished my first race without stopping, or walking I'm still pretty happy about everything.
And I know I can go faster next time!