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Solo Half Marathon and What I Learned!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Today I completed my second half marathon for 2010 and it differed from many others I have done.
I learned that I am capable of getting myself up and ready and out the door by my deadline - no one was waiting on me or picking me up. I know that I missed my race buddies! WooHoo - Janet and John in Outer Banks, NC!
I learned that fog cannot stop me from getting to my destination and that it isn't as frightening to drive in as I might have thought. I also learned that fog and mist do not necessarily mean cold - I shed my lightweight jacket before mile one!
I learned that I can make pretty wise decisions - parking at the finish line and taking the bus to the start line was a perfect decision - fewer cars and not a lot of riders on the bus so it was really quiet and peaceful - especially when we arrived at the start line and I saw the line of cars waiting to park.
I learned that hills will not defeat me - even if they are named Monster Hill, Dam Hill or Bingham Hill - I can do it! And I wasn't alone!
I did learn that I should really review the course info related to fuel stations and always carry my own sport drink - didn't see any on the course - did I miss that?
I learned that I can "RUN", ok runners, you really should stop laughing now. I may not be fast but for me it was running - and I loved it. I changed up my pace several times throughout the race and it felt wonderful.
I learned that I can exceed my expectations and surprise myself. This was my personal challenge - to do this race and finish without being a "pedestrian" because I didn't make the cut offs!
I know this but reaffirmed it today - I love doing Half Marathons and I am going to return next year and do this one again! So, look out!

Well, it looks like I will have to return to add photos - having issues with the size - so, look for a future installment!
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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/27/2010 1:01PM

    Awesome! I'm so impressed (and inspired.....) emoticon

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KIM-BERLYANN 4/21/2010 10:01PM

    GREAT JOB!!! Halfs are tough!! You did AWESOME!! Keep up the good work!!

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LOOKINGTOBEFIT 4/21/2010 8:53PM

    What an awesome job!! Isn't it amazing how good you fell when you accomplish your goals??!! Keep up the good work Warrior emoticon emoticon

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MAESTRACH 4/21/2010 5:06PM

    Way to go!!! SO Proud of you! Keep up the great work!

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MNSMOV 4/21/2010 3:38PM

    Soo proud of you!! I wish to run a 5K someday soon!

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RELLIMTENAJ 4/21/2010 1:12PM

    We missed you too, but it was so great that we all did our races and did not let our races defeat us with challenging courses. Now that you are a "runner" emoticon can we still hang together??? emoticon emoticon Time to compare medals. I knew you could do it and would do it. Maybe I'll be able to sherpa for you next year?

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ANDREA0301 4/19/2010 12:41PM

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SOOO proud of you!!!!

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SRVFREAK176 4/19/2010 10:56AM

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING MY FRIEND!! I HAD COMPLETE FAITH IN YOU THAT YOU COULD CONQUER THIS!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon YOU ROCK BETTY!!!

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