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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Today I now have 13 halfs under my belt!! It's hard to believe I have completed 5 so far this year, with plans for 2 more this year!!
In May my husband and I ran 3 halfs, giving us the opportunity to qualify to become half fanatics, we wore wear our shirts with pride for the first time for this race today.

I wasn't sure how this race would go because I have been sick with a cold for the last 2 weeks, no energy, running on fumes and haven't ran at all. I have 4 kids under 5 and getting rest and taking it easy is not an option, so it's go for walks, go to the park, wading pool, splash pad and everything else in our daily activities.

I went to bed at 8:30...
my princess Abigail picked last night of all nights that she wanted to nurse all night long, just for comfort... so not much sleep :(
Alarm goes off at 4am, of course princess was sleeping!!
Made my coffee ( I have to have at least 1 cup of coffee)
Drank some water, had some waffles..
Woke up Abby, nursed her... and was out the door shortly after 5am

It was a very scenic route along a river, and a lot of countryside, beautiful homes, and the weather was perfect! I ran with my DH for a few km... but he was in a zone and could not keep up to his pace.....
We crossed paths at the half way point, we blew each other kisses and we parted ways. I was so excited to use my garmin watch that my hubby got me for my early birthday present, it really helped me focus on keeping my pace, and letting me know how far I was, since the race we were doing was very small and had barely any route markers.

I wasn't striving for a personal best, but I knew I wanted to get 2 hours... so I kept my pace..and as always at the last 2 km I get a surge of energy that comes out of nowhere and I pick up the pace and thank goodness I did, I got my 2:00 finish!! So even though my husband and I can't always run the same pace, it is so rewarding to be able to see my wonderful husband at the finish line!!!!!
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    1513 days ago
    Thanks so much for adding me as a friend. I have added you as well. Congratulations on another half marathon!!! You and your husband are such an inspiration to all of us!


    1529 days ago
    Congratulations on reaching your goal time! I have a nursling too and so I completely understand being up all night BFing. Usually I feel like I drag through the next day so I think it is absolutely amazing that you went on to run a half marathon at 5 a.m.! Wow! You are an inspiration!

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  • JEN-MN
    Great job!! What an inspiration emoticon And with four kids under 5 to boot? My own little brood consists of three kids 5 & under, one just 5mos old... so I know just a fraction of the challenge. You are amazing!! emoticon
    1530 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/19/2012 2:10:27 PM
    Congrats! You are very inspiring!!
    1530 days ago
    That is so fantastic.... emoticon emoticon
    1530 days ago
    emoticon on your race. You did an emoticon job despite being sick. You guys are amazing! Cool shirts!
    1530 days ago
    Congrats on a great momentous run!
    1530 days ago
    Thank you, I know it is strange to get a burst of energy... I just see the route marker or can see the finish line in the distance... and say to myself, this is it you can do it.. and all of a sudden... I am powered up...of course reading an article this is not the best thing and getting this sprint going on is horrible and can cause injury... it hasn't happened, YET... and
    JOhn...that is awesome, and soon you will be on race 14.... that is pretty crazy though!!!!
    1530 days ago
    Great job with all you've had going on. I can't even hit 2 when I'm at my best. Still hoping for one in September. And yeah, I want that surge at the end too.
    1530 days ago
    Dang, you get a surge the last 2K? I WANT THAT! The last 5K are usually the hardest for me. Congrats on another race well-run!
    1530 days ago
    It is always an honour to run with you and thank you for getting me into running!!!
    1530 days ago
    Wow, you rock. My own personal best is a 2:00:24 and I have 13 half marathons done, too! What, are we running together?

    Congrats on a great race!
    1530 days ago
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