This past Saturday (March 1st) I finished my second half marathon! I felt fairly ready going into it, but wished that I had an extra month to work on increasing my speed. (I'm kind of a slow poke.) My end time was 2:22:07 which isn't a bad pace for me for a long distance, but I was hoping for under 2:20.
I had to be up at 3:45 am that morning and to the finish line to catch a bus by 5. Traffic was horrible so I was late to the busses but so were a bazillion other people so it worked out okay. Then we all had to wait at the start line in the dark and in the rain for about an hour until the race started...good times! It poured rain for the first mile and a half of the race but then the rain stopped and it was just cool and cloudy for the rest...perfect running weather!
I ran the whole thing with the exception of walking through a few water stations just long enough to take a drink, and also at the very end of the race because it was taking FOREVER to see the finish line and my knees were in pain. I barely started to walk when the lady next to me yelled "you only have a quarter mile left...don't stop!" So I mustered up enough energy to finish up running and was glad I did!
Russ and the kids missed me crossing the finish line (I'm still sad about it, but it wasn't totally Russ's fault...) but my parents were there yelling loud enough for me to hear through the crowd. :)
I met up with Russ, the kids and my parents at the Bass Pro Shop that is right by the finish line so my mom could take a couple pictures and we could all say hello. By that time my knees were really in bad shape and I was hobbling around everywhere. We went home where I took a much need shower, popped a few Ibuprofen, inhaled a Jimmy Johns sandwich and then took a big nap...exactly what I wanted to do after such an exhausting morning. I'm glad I did the race but I definitely have no thoughts of doing another one any time soon!
I'm not one of those chicks that looks like a supermodel after a race, but here is proof that I did it!
And proof that my daughter didn't care one inkling about it. :)
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