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    MICHCLEARY   60,474
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Dallas Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon - done

Monday, March 28, 2011

I set a goal late last fall to do a half marathon. I registered for the event and then broadcast it to everyone so I couldn't back out. I got some advice, read some stuff, and started my training. Up until that point the farthest I had run was a 5k.

This is me on one of the happy, sunny, training days that I had on the track. I put in quite a few miles on that track.

So a few things about the race, since quite a few friends are anxious to hear the details. Here are my stats:

Overall: 8828 out of 10969 Division: 424 out of 620 Gender: 5119 out of 6810
Pace 5 Km 10 Km 10 Mi ChipTime
12:33 34:22 1:13:45 2:03:09 02:44:2

So much for practiced pace...I beat my PR in the 5k right off the bat by 50 seconds. Guess I have no excuse next time I run a 5k huh? I've never been timed in a 10k or a 10 miler officially. I wanted to beat 3 hours on the event, and I did that.

I basically ran the first 5k, then switched to my 3 min run/1 min walk system. At about mile 9 I started skipping some of the 1 minute walk segments. At mile 12 I basically ran most of the way to the finish line. There were two times that my body just stopped to a walk without me planning to do that. I was in quite a bit of pain at the end. Running that far on the street is hard for my knees, hips, and back. All of my long distance training had been on a rubberized track.

Someone stopped me during the race to ask where I got my shoes. These Asics turn heads everywhere I go. Love them, and the new "believe" charm I bought for the race at the Expo event. (

A couple of other things I would recommend after using them:

I bought a ( headband for the race also at the expo. The one I chose said I believe. That thing did not move and inch, kept my hair and sweat out of my face, and was awesome.

I loved my spibelt. It held the two snacks, my tylenol, and my chapstick well. AFter the snacks were gone, I was able to put my running sleeves in there. I think I took the tylenol at mile 7.

I broke down at mile 9 and took one of the GU packets they were handing out. I tried the vanilla bean flavor and it was alright. I was just so hungry by that point and apparently what I ate before hand, and the couple of snacks I had weren't enough. My runkeeper estimated my calorie burn to be just under 1,700 calories. I understood the saying I run to eat.

Things that made me laugh...the guy cheering people on with the sign that said "run like you stole sumthin", the lady with the shirt that said "Dear God please let there be someone behind me to read this". Things that touched my heart: the guy starting in my group who was paralyzed and in a wheelchair who was going with his friend who ran next to him, the support of complete strangers on the side of the streets cheering us all on, and the parents who made a banner for their daughter who was also running her first half. They trekked through the whole event and showed up in about four different places waving that banner.

I'm also thankful to my running buddy and BFF - even though she couldn't run this one with me, she braved the early morning hours, and the crowd to take me to the race. She waited for about an hour and took pictures at the start and when my group finally got the go ahead to cross the start line. I'll have to have one more blog about this when I get her pictures.

One thing that keep me going strong was the fact that I was wearing a SparkPeople shirt. I'm so grateful for my experience on SP and wanted to be a good representation of what you can accomplish with their help.

At about mile 10 when I knew I was going to finish I burst our in tears. I also cried when I came around the corner to finish and saw my daughter and husband cheering me on at the sidelines. I tried not to cry when my official finisher picture was taken, and then I just let loose and cried some when my daughter threw her arms around me and told me how proud she was. Then they both helped me all the way to the car.

In the end I like this quote from Nelson Mandela - "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it".

My next goal? A duathlon this summer (2 mile run/9.3 mile bike/ 2 mile run) The day before the half we picked up our bikes from their winter rehab:

What's your stretch goal this year?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BUGSMOM211 4/28/2011 4:50PM

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KRISTI2661 4/28/2011 12:27PM

    I want to be like you! I can't believe that in January I couldn't even run for one minute, now I can run for 60 minutes and want to keep going. I am doing my first official 5K on Mother's Day and am SO excited! I think I would like to try to train for a half marathon, but don't know where to start - do you have any tips?

I am in awe of you!

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JETERSGAL729 4/27/2011 5:35AM

    You did it and that is so amazing! I hope my time is great like yours on Saturday!! All those splits are faster by a few minutes of all my PRs so far in 5K, 10K and 10 Miler! :) And my goal is definitely around 2:45 and under 3 hours for sure! But I'm going to battling a very warm run - current weather say 62 low and 79 high, UGH and also a ton ton ton of hills throughout the race including in the last mile! UGH

Not looking forward to that part, lol


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PRESHUZ 4/3/2011 10:37PM

    CONGRATS Michelene! You did it! You're amazing!

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IMSMILEY88 4/2/2011 7:20PM

    You got me teary, too. I love reading 'first' stories. Congratulations on a terrific run! ( I did my 1st HM in November).

My next stretch is my 1st sprint triathlon next weekend. Yikes!

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CHERKYLE 4/1/2011 3:15PM

    Ok now Im crying LOL

Great blog and super WAY TO GO!! Amazing job!!

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VOEJOE 3/30/2011 11:44PM

    My eyes got watery reading this, too. Because of a variety of setbacks in my life, the biggest one being severely breaking my ankle, I haven't run regularly in over 4 years. I'm very close (need to make a change in my schedule) to signing up for a 10K training program that starts in a few weeks, and this blog post made me feel so inspired to make it happen. Thank you!

And congrats!

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SP_COACH_NANCY 3/30/2011 2:54PM

  CONGRATS, my friend! I am soooo PROUD of YOU! Wish I could have been there to give you a humongous SPARK HUG!

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MIETTE 3/29/2011 8:13PM

    What an inspiration! I teared up reading this :) Congrats on a successful run and thank you so much for sharing this with us and for giving some of us hope that we might be able to accomplish such amazing feats!

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OHSOCOOLLISA 3/29/2011 6:46PM

    Oh that is SO AWESOME! Congratulations!!!!

I was getting a bit tearful just reading, I can only imagine how incredible you felt.

All the best!


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CHELLEJOBEAN 3/29/2011 6:20PM

    Awesome blog! Can't wait to read part two!

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CHIFANG130 3/29/2011 3:40PM

    emoticon emoticon job! You should be so proud of youself!

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ALLEY2300 3/29/2011 2:11PM

    You are such an inspiration! Congrats on your HM!! Way to go!

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ALLEY2300 3/29/2011 2:09PM

    You are such an inspiration! Congrats on your HM!! Way to go!

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ALLEY2300 3/29/2011 2:08PM

    You are such an inspiration! Congrats on your HM!! Way to go!

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JMERLAU 3/29/2011 2:04PM

    SO PROUD of you @Mich!!! SO PROUD.....

YOU have given me the courage to keep training for my own very first half marathon in 20 days! I've had alot of doubt creep into my head lately, reading your blog has given me hope!


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TRIPLE_EMME 3/29/2011 1:40PM

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I'm so proud of you!

More importantly, I'm so happy that YOU are proud of yourself!!!

What a great accomplishment.

You ROCK!!!

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SP_COACH_DENISE 3/29/2011 11:16AM

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Great job!!!

Coach Denise

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RUNNINGPFUHL 3/29/2011 10:37AM

    I'm so happy for you and proud of you!! Wish I could have been there to cheer you on!! I was in my heart!

What's stretching me this year?

DRC Races!

I plan on running the 10K and the Relay Trail Race and the 15K! Then I want to Run The Rock at the end of the year!! :D

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SUSIEWHITE1109 3/29/2011 10:19AM

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You absolutely ROCKED this race!! What an amazing accomplishment! I'm very proud of you!!

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JUNEAU2010 3/28/2011 11:22PM

    Congrats! So fabulous!

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AMYC0128 3/28/2011 10:39PM

    Way to go so proud of what you have accomplished!

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BTRFLY08 3/28/2011 8:27PM

    Awesome!!! You are such an inspiration!!

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MKPRINCESS007 3/28/2011 6:22PM

    Ok, now you know I don't run! Not a step BUT let me say, if I could be inspired to run it would be from you! Love this entire blog! Love the Spark shirt, your shoes, your BFF, your crying at the end...........all of it! Because, again, your passion for this healthy lifestyle comes through SO TRUE AND GENUINE.

I am sooooooooo proud of you! :) As always!

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JSFORSELL 3/28/2011 5:48PM

    Great job! Great story-if you are like me which it sounds like our stories are similiar-be prepared to be hungry all week-i couldn't stop eating last week-I think my body thought I ws going to run it again! Congrats on a great goal achievement!

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LAHAWLEY2000 3/28/2011 4:14PM

    Fabulous job! Your finish time is what I am hoping for at my race next month. You did awesome!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/28/2011 3:56PM

    go you...that is so so awesome....a great accomplishment.....

My goals for this year....I have already walked a 15.5k challenge....
Have 2 10k walks that i want to do and of course our local half marathon in september......this year will be the 4th time I will have done it.....yay....

You have done superbly..
Whens the next one????? lol

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BROSEQUILTS 3/28/2011 3:27PM

    Awesome job!!! I love that your family was there waiting for you, I'm fighting tears myself here. Congrats on such a great accomplishment, you rock!


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USFBULL 3/28/2011 3:21PM

    Way to go, nicely done. Nice spark shirt. One down and .... Looks like you had fun doing this. A bunch of work but a bunch of fun to. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ISHIIGIRL 3/28/2011 2:55PM

    I love the idea of a dualthon. Something to think about. My stretch goal is to run a 10k this year!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/28/2011 2:24PM

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I love that you wore a Spark people t-shirt to your race. Very cool! Thank you for sharing your experience on your first half marathon. It is a great accomplishment and something to be very proud of. All your training has paid off!

Take some you time now to recoup your muscles.... they have worked so hard!

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LUEYGIRL 3/28/2011 2:20PM

    Awesome job and I love the shoes!

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JHADZHIA 3/28/2011 1:52PM

    Very well done!! You are awesome!! This is why running is not something I will ever be able to do :( My arthritic joints can't take the pavement pounding.. I have done little bouts of running on dirt trails, but even there high impact isn't the best.
I wish you all the best with your new challenge. I think its pretty fantastic for you to go from a 5k to a 10k already, that is amazing!!
Look forward to hearing more!
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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/28/2011 1:48PM

    Sounded absolutely awesome! Good for you!!! A duathlon? I wouldn't mind trying that, although I haven't ridden a bike in years! You're certainly on a roll! Can't wait for your pic blog...thank you! emoticon

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JESSIEJUICE 3/28/2011 1:36PM

    You look so happy in all these pics! I especially love the one taken on the track. Congrats on blasting through your 5k time! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/28/2011 1:07PM

    YAY!! for you!! You should be very proud!!!

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