Happy Monday everyone. I want to say HELLO to all the new followers and thank you all for actually thinking that I am cool enough to follow- LOL:)
So let's get RIGHT to the point - MY FIRST HALF MARATHON RE-CAP.
Saturday (day before the race) - I woke up early and honestly was getting a tad bit nervous. I had cleaning to do and cooking because I knew I wouldn't feel like doing it when I finished on Sunday. First Laura and I had to get to St. Charles to pick up our swag bag - so she was in my driveway at 8:15 a.m. we drove out and picked up our goodies.
|Wes hearts his vacuum like his mama|
|Baking with Elle|
Finally after all the house work was complete - I decided to jump on the treadmill for ONE last run before I was an official HALFER. I was only going to do 2 miles but bumped it up to the three because ACDC came on and I will not STOP until their song was FINISHED.
|Pre-Half Marathon Runner|
Sunday - My alarm went off at 4:10 am so I woke up and got myself together. I had all my gear laid out and my morning pretty well thought out in one of those "lists in my head". After dressing and getting cleaned up I was ready to get my eat on.
I drank 2 glasses of water. I ate 2 pieces of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and honey, a banana, and a piece of low fat string cheese. I was used to training with this meal, so I stuck with it. Then I HAD to have a cup of coffee so I downed that too and I was back in the bathroom peeing up a storm (tmi? oh well). I kissed E and he wished me good luck. I packed up my car and off I went to pick up Laura. Oh wait did I mention it was 30 degrees. HUZZAH I love running in the cold - maybe not quite THAT cold.
We drove out to St. Charles and it was packed. We decided to park kind of far away and honestly I was so glad we did, it really warmed my legs up and gave me a little stretch. We reached Frontier Park and it was ON.
|Laura getting geared up|
After we completed our mission - we wanted to
Then we did some jumping around - it was COLD... and we headed up to our corral.
|Don't know these people but took a pic anyway|
|10 Minute Mile Corral|
|Corn Fields and People|
Mile 10, Laura asked AGAIN how I was and I was okay? Now by now I could see a huge hill up ahead and I thought "it is arm pumping time" but I was still doing alright. The hill was killer and lasted a pretty good distance. I was tapering a bit, but I kept at it. There was one lady with a sign that said "Smile if you are not wearing underwear - so I smiled SUPER BIG and pushed right through;) No undies RULE!! Somewhere in the 10th mile there was a clock and it read 1 hr and 33 minutes and I thought - NO WAY IN HELL? I was running way slower than that. So I sloughed it off.
Mile 11 I noticed Laura getting antsy - so I told her to jet and I would see her at the finish line. So off she took. Mile 12 was all mental. I was telling myself "Don't quit - you trained so hard - no stopping - just finish". People around me were dropping like flies and I did NOT want to be a fly. So I pushed it. I crossed a turn and by shi**y me, there was the finish line. Hot Dam*! I had about a half mile left and something inside me just clicked - I sprinted my tail off and crossed that finish line SUPER FAST style. BAM.. the clock read 2 hrs and 9 minutes and all I could think was "WHAT"?
See my goal was to JUST finish - I didn't care about the time. Laura had run a half before so she wanted to beat her time from last year. After I met up with Laura I kept mumbling "um...is that clock right...there was no way". She politely said "you know how I kept asking if you were doing okay? Well we were booking it and you said you were fine so I just didn't say anything". Laura beat her time from last year and I couldn't BE any more proud of mine. This honestly was the best feeling EVER. I feel strong and proud and ready to do it AGAIN in April. Oh yes.. the GO St. Louis half-marathon will be my next victim and I WILL be beating my time then:)
|Post Half Marathon Run|
I came home - kissed my kids and hubby, and read through all my encouraging messages. I felt so blessed. I did it - because my legs kept moving, because my heart kept beating, because I didn't give up, and because of all of you.
THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME
Now what is up with everyone? How was your weekend? Any runs coming up?
Update - Wanted to keep this so I had a log of my journey.
Week 1 (8/1-8/7) - 11 miles
Week 2 (8/8-8/14) - 12 miles
Week 3 (8/15-8/21) - 17 miles
Week 4 (8/22-8/28) - 15 miles
Week 5 (8/29-8/31) - 13 miles
Week 1 (9/1-9/8) - 21 miles
Week 2 (9/9-9/16) - 25 miles
Week 3 (9/17-9/24) - 25 miles
Week 4 (9/25-10/2) - 20 miles
Week 5 (10/3-10/6) - 9 miles
Half Marathon - October 7th, 2012 - 2 hrs 9mins