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Running for Life........My First Half Marathon with pictures!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Running for Life........My First Half Marathon

I had way more fun than I ever imagined…….It was tough, painful, exhilarating, exciting, exhausting and inspiring!. The excitement all around me was contagious. People of all ages and fitness levels…….I missed it, but there was even a flash mob. Here is a link to the video.


My 27 year old daughter, Meghan, ran with me…..with no training. I had to work to keep up with her! She is amazing. Meghan told me no running, we would walk this ½ marathon. That lasted less than a mile. We both slowly ran at least 8 of the 13 miles. We listed out finish time as 3.5 hours when we entered the race and finished in about 3 hours, 15 minutes; 14 to 15 minute miles with a potty break and walking.

Meghan getting ready at home......3:30 AM

32,000 people raced between the ½ & the complete marathon….it took over an hour after the official start of the race for our corral to be released. We ran on city streets and the 163 freeway finishing next to Sea World. I was excited about running on the freeway, maybe because it is usually forbidden to pedestrians. Those four miles were the toughest part of the race. The freeway is banked for runoff so I constantly felt like I was leaning one way or the other. The weather was perfect, sunny & cool with a breeze for most of the run.

Getting close to the start.......almost 7:30 in the morning

The bands were terrific….everything from rock to Zydeco to the pipe organ in Balboa park & everything in between. The last three to four miles of the race had cheerleaders and other organized groups giving us encouragement.

Rock & Roll


The Pipe Organ in Balboa Park being played for us

Taiko Drummers

The marathoners amazed me. How do they manage to finish 26 miles period, many of them in far less time than it took us to finish 13 miles. One marathoner was walking back though the course encouraging us to finish strong.

This was the longest mile of my life!

This race was to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma society so there were countless people running to raise funds through Team in Training. They could be easily identified by their purple shirts, many with hand written names of friends & family members suffering with Leukemia & Lymphoma. There were cancer survivors as well as people undergoing treatment running. I saw a man limping so badly it made me hurt to watch him but he kept on going. He told me running this was easier than chemo. As were we complaining about how tired we were we passed a TRIPLE amputee…….we complained no more. A young woman in a sling who’d had shoulder surgery six weeks ago crossed the finish line just ahead of us as did a man with an amazing prosthetic leg, meant for running. I am humbled by people who overcome so much and still move forward, helping others along the way. I felt blessed to be touched by these amazing people.

We are saving up to enter our next 1/2 marathon; maybe the Las Vegas Rock & Roll in early December. The run is at night on the strip. Can't imagine that street with NO cars just runners. That alone makes it worth the travel.

Give running or walking a try. There are fun one milers as well as long competitive races. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could run/walk/jog even a mile let alone 13. It is worth the effort, it's fun and you meet amazingly motivating people.

My daughter crossing the finish line

At home after the race in the T-shirt I will treasure forever............
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  • STIPER23
    Love it! I am running my first HM in a few months.
    2405 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    emoticon race report, loved the pictures, emoticon
    2405 days ago
    Congratulations . . . what a fantastic accomplishment!
    2405 days ago
    What an incredible inspiration you are to others as well as your family! Way to go on a great race. It's no wonder you have been chosen DGOTD!!! emoticon
    2436 days ago
    Congrats on your first 1/2 marathon!!! Must be a great experience to share this accomplishment with your daughter. Thank you for sharing and love the pics.
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    2440 days ago
  • KIKI0531
    Congrats to you and your daughter !! Great job for a great cause ! A dear friend just recently had a heart transplant and whenever I feel like I can't go another step I just think of him when we would walk together (before his surgery) with his heart pump in place and him having to carry his battery pack while we did our two miles. Makes your aches and pains seem a little less when you witness something like that.
    2441 days ago
    i am so proud of you congrats,i wish i was there with you guys!
    2444 days ago
    Congrats on your Half! You did fabulous, and how wonderful that you completed it with your daughter!
    Well done, lady!
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    2447 days ago
    CONGRATS!!! I think it is great that you were able to experience this with your daughter.
    2447 days ago
    Woohoo! CONGRATULATIONS! Great race + Great cause = Great times!!! You did an amazing job! It's always nice to have someone there with you. I know having Meghan and 32,000 other people was awesome! I have yet to run a big race, so I can only imagine the energy. Terry, the Half Marathoner! Sounds awesome, eh?!
    2447 days ago
    How wonderful! A fabulous job too! You and your daughter are absolutely beautiful and so happy looking.

    emoticon A toast to your first marathon!

    2447 days ago
    I clicked "I Like This Blog." In the 4 years I've been on SP, I've never done that because I have never been moved to! Wow! Look at where you came from and what you can do now! Totally amazing! And look at your sweet daughter. She looks just like you!
    2448 days ago
    What a great first experience. I think you picked the perfect race for that. Congrats to you and your daughter!

    That crowd support was amazing, I've never seen anything like that and it sure made my 5 miles go by pretty quickly.

    Funny that you mentioned liking to run on the freeway. I ran a 5K on the 210 out in Fontana before it was opened a few years back. It was awesome and I can't help but think of how I ran there whenever I drive it.

    I'll be in Vegas too. I can't wait!
    2449 days ago
    I am SO VERY PROUD of you! Wow, that's is so cool! Wish I had been there to cheer you on!! You go girl!
    2449 days ago
  • NOREGRET2010
    Terry - You're a Rock Star! Thank you so much for sharing the pics and the story, soooooo inspiring! And thank you for being my spark friend! emoticon
    2450 days ago
    WoW! That is amazing!! I can totally relate with you :) I did the Rock N Roll half Marathon in Phoeniz, AZ with NO training! And you are not kidding when the 13th mile felt like forever! Way to go on your accomplishment!!!!! Hats off to you ! emoticon
    2450 days ago
    way to go!!!!
    2450 days ago
    1. You are amazing!

    2. Thank You, We just lost dad to Multiple Myalomia (cancer of the blood) and Leukemia (cancer of the bone marrow)... and we couldn't do it without the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (and charities related to them)... They helped with the cost of travel, and hotel rooms for my dad during treatment....

    3. WOW!~!~~ You did it!!!
    2450 days ago
    I LOVE it! I have done many races with my daughter too, 4 half-marathons and two full marathons. Last year I had to run a full without her because she was expecting grandchild #2 but she was still able to do the last 3 miles with me, and it was so special!!!

    Races remind me why I run! Thanks again for the reminder!

    2450 days ago
    This is one of THE most inspirational blogs that I have read in a long time! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing race report with us. I am so proud of you and your daughter for getting out there and doing it! I have never done a half marathon but after reading your blog it makes me want to do one more than ever. You have done a great job of describing it.

    I am positively amazed at all of the different people who met the challenge and ran in this half marathon...what an incredible thing for you to experience!

    You pictures are excellent. It looks like such a fun day! I just love the one of you and your daughter! (You two look so much alike!) I hope that you do the half in Las Vegas. That would be amazing to run that at night! Plus I would get to read all about it!

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us and CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    2451 days ago
    emoticon You are amazing!! emoticon
    2451 days ago
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    2451 days ago
    You so totally rock! If someone had told a year ago you would be doing this, I would have begged them to go on anti-psychotics. Now, I believe you can do anything: bungee jumping? As Peeta said: "Always."

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    2451 days ago
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