Tuesday, November 13, 2012
It's official, my SIL completed his first half marathon, WAY TO GO Dan. This was my second one, and I finished 6 minutes faster this year. Here we are pre-race hanging out, waiting to get lined up. Weather was absolutely gorgeous
Corral time, we were in Coral 5, we chose to line up next to a 2:30 pace group, that would prove to be a little too ambitious later in the race.
Off we went. The 2:30 pacers started pulling way ahead, funny thing is the guy carrying the sign and leading the pace group was a WALKER, omgee, so we were a little disappointed we couldn't keep up, but better to back it down a notch, we had a long way to go.
Somewhere between mile 7 and 8, our super friends, Maria and Eli were waiting on the corner to cheer us on. So happy to see a familiar face along the way and that gave us a much needed moral boost. Thanks guys.
We kept a pretty good pace, until we hit the last bridge, which slowed us down just a tad, and then the final underpass (mile 11), boy the hammies were screaming.
We had talked about finishing together the whole race, neither of us was going to try to out do the other, it was a team effort. We rounded the corner of the final .1 mile and we kept step for step. I started with the.... "left, left, left, right, left. As you can see, we finished step for step, in perfect unison. How awesome was that?
Our finish time was 2:41, final times have yet to be published as of this morning (remind me to send a complaint email).
Yeah, we did it. Thanks for our wonderful family and friends who were waiting for us and cheering at the finish line, love you all.
Celebration dinner at my house afterwards, a spark recipe actually, Salsa Chicken, rolled up burrito style, yummy. Then for the ceremonial putting the sticker on the car, can't put it on the car til you finish. Well earned Danny, so proud of you.
The happy finishers, we had now earned the right to sport the tech tees and medals, woo hoo.
I had to be a smartie and add a little something to my car since I had already earned my 13.1 sticker last year.....
Taking a couple days off from my runs, then back at it full speed next week for 18 weeks of marathon training, next race will be Thanksgiving day, our local Turkey Trot.
Friday, November 09, 2012
Last night was my last training run before Sunday's half marathon. It's been a great training period for me (this will be my second half) and it has been most exciting. My SIL Dan wanted to run his first half marathon so we selected the Norfolk Freedom Half to run together. We have put in a over 200 training miles for this race and we have run our long runs together on the weekends and have been comparing our weekly runs, aches and pains, trying new sports gels, new running shoes, etc. It's been a great experience for me and I know it has been a great experience for him as well. He has such drive and determination, kinda reminds me of myself last year about this time as I was preparing for my first long race.
Well it's all over now except for the race, the BIG DAY. The training is over and anxiously anticipating Sunday's race. I know we will both do great, I have no doubt as we are properly trained. We've invested a lot of time in ourselves.
I wanted to take a minute to just let Dan know how proud I am of his hard work and determination. It takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice to run 13.1 miles. I am just so proud. I'm running this race WITH him, teamwork.
Dan, this is possible, you've worked for it and you will have proven that on Sunday when you cross the finish line and sport some serious BLING. You can do it. My reward will be seeing you cross the finish line and to see you proud of yourself and the crowning moment.... dun, dun, dun..... when you put that 13.1 sticker on your car. Woo Hoo.
I'm trying to convince him to run the full marathon with me in March, if you can train for a 5K, a 10K, and Half - you can certainly apply yourself and train to go the distance....26.2. Then on to the dream marathon.... I secretly think Dan wants to run the Marine Corps Marathon. Sky is the limit Dan.
Hop on over to Dan's page and give him a big... YOU CAN DO IT or other words of encouragement, his big day is only 2 days away.
Make sure to check back next week for race report, I'm sure we will have a great story to tell.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Spent 90 minutes waiting at the polls this morning before work, 60 minutes of it was outsidein the cold, but so worth it. Remember if you don't vote, your voice cant be heard. Do it for your country.
For those undecided voters......Pedro (Napoleon Dynamite)
Monday, October 29, 2012
Fun race this weekend, but it sure lived up to it's name, lol. Wicked winds.
But nothing was going to stop the Devil Wearing Prada. Got to the race site at an hour before race started. Here's the finished costume, complete with sequin glasses and glitter running shoes.
Met up with SIL Dan, Sis and BFF Teresa, aren't we a silly looking bunch?
Heading to the starting line, it was very, very windy, ugghh, dreading the run. Off we went. DH snapped this pic as we ran by, way too many people. (Thanks DH for always being my biggest cheerleader)
It was hard to establish a good pace with all those people, weaving in and out, traffic jam at the first water stop, uggh, then ran 40 blocks into a 20 mph wind - the beginning of Hurricane Sandy, thank goodness the rain held out. Running into the wind was tough, couldn't find anyone to draft behind, lol, so I just kept running. Thought I was going to make my time goal, but dang it, I missed it by 2 minutes, I was so mad at myself, but hey, the conditions were certainly less than perfect, so I did my best. Finished 1:08:35, 274/614 in my age group, 4003/7264 overall.
The happy finishers, Sis, SIL Dan and I, glad to be out of the wind.
My BFF Teresa did the Monster Mile, way to go Teresa. The after party is usually held on the beach but thank goodness it was moved inside, we enjoyed chili in a bread bowl, yum and it was out of the wind.
Fun race, great family, great friends, and great party. It started to rain right after we left the party (and it's still raining). Then home for a nice long afternoon nap, snuggling with the kitties. Not the PR I hoped for, but still proud of my race efforts. Next stop, Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon, Nov. 11.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Only two days left until the Wicked 10K, I love this run, love seeing all the creative costumes. No one has guessed exactly what I am going as this year. Here's another clue:
Turned my ordinary running fanny pack into an extraordinary Prada bag, no purchase necessary, just the imagination. I'm dangerous with a hot glue gun and sequins.
I received a lovely notepad of post-it notes a couple of weeks ago from my friend Sami. She is so creative and had made me halloween-themed motivational quotes. I have been putting a new one on my mirror each day. Today's ....Visualize Success. I am visualizing it as we speak, I can see the finish line and a new PR. Are you visualizing success????
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