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Another race.. Hills are so much fun


Monday, September 10, 2012

This was my 6th half of the year, and my 14th half in total. The race we picked was 2 hours out of the city, and it's called "run for the hills" it's a Very, VERY hilly course!!!

I started the preparation the day before made pancakes for breakfast for the family, and made extra for hubby and I to have pre-race for breakfast. Packed our bags, waited until parents arrived to babysit our 3 boys, and then we picked up my MIL to come with us because our daughter is still nursing and we needed someone to watch her while we ran our race.

As we get into the town, I realize... damn I forgot the pancakes! Now what are we going to have?? I am apologizing to Eddie about forgetting them... we get to our room, we discover no microwave! So we wouldn't have been able to heat them up anyway! Thankfully I was able to use the restaurant next door to heat up my daughters supper. We went to the grocery store and Eddie picked up some bagels and peanut butter for our breakfast!

Before we went to the pre -race dinner, we drove the course to take some pictures and show my Mother in law.... She couldn't believe what we had to run!!

We went to the pre-race past dinner, which is by far the best pre-race dinner, being that it's smaller event, it's all home cooked food, pasta, lasagne, vegetarian option, a gluten free option, spaghetti, a few kinds of salads, and 6 different desserts!!

The course is all on country dirt gravel road, with beautiful scenery BUT the roads are very hilly!!!

Got up at 5am... had our breakfast, drank some water, they had no coffee maker so I had to go without my one cup of coffee, sigh, I managed.

The race started at 8am... we drove briefly by some houses and then the course takes off down all the country roads, it's very scenic, a lot of farm land, cows in the fields... the smaller hills were not too bad, but there are 3 really bad hills, I took some pictures, but they really don't do any justice.

I love running beside Eddie, we are so in tune with one another, when the other person is hurting we know something is up, I asked him what was wrong, and he said he was hurting, we had 3 miles to go... he told me I could run ahead, but I chose to stay with him, and when we came to cross the finish line we grabbed each others hand, and the announcer called both our names and finished our run at 2:02!!!

As hard as the race is, it's very challenging but so worth it. Even if every leg muscle is aching today!!
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LACYME 9/21/2012 9:13AM

    wow- what a hill!!! That is so great you and your husband grab hands to cross the finish the race. WOW ! Great job!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/17/2012 9:44AM

    Congratulations for finishing together and getting such a great time on the clock! It is so nice that you and your husband are both passionate about running. Good for you!

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GABIBEAR 9/15/2012 11:14PM

    That is so wonderful. Sounds like such good time with hubby and at the same time good exercise and time for you too! Great job! I would have done the same! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIPPER15 9/15/2012 10:11PM

    Wow, the picture did do it justice. Looks like a challenge. Great job.

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SPEEDYDOG 9/12/2012 7:49AM

    I love the photo of the course. It sounds like you had a great time. I actually like hilly races because I am good at running hills. I am very competitive on a steep course and less so on something that is flat.

Of course, I live in the Colorado mountains and train on hills all the time. Running a hilly half in 2 hours is fantastic! Congratulations.

Bruce

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WONDERWOMAN 9/12/2012 7:31AM

    So funny! You say "hills are fun" - Eddie says "hills are hell." :) What a great couple you are!

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READINGACE 9/12/2012 7:30AM

    My husband and I run a lot of races together, too. I know that feeling of crossing challenging finish lines together- it's great.

Congratulations on a great finish time for such a tough race,

And, thanks for adding me as a Spark Friend.
-Ace.

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 9/11/2012 8:20PM

    You are such an inspiration ... I don't know where you find the energy to manage training and a young family! When my daughters were younger - I had no time for me.... now that they are older and I have a job that requires to be physically fit , I have no excuse!
You are fantastic motivators - thanks for sharing !!! emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/11/2012 6:17PM

    Congratulations to the both of you. You two are an amazing couple. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/11/2012 9:04AM

    sounds like a fantastic race. love that you and hubby are in this together. and what a GREAT time-hills and all!

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WORTHEYMOM 9/11/2012 7:49AM

    got tears in my eyes! running across the finish together hand in hand is freaking awesome! congrats my dear! keep up the wonderful work!

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AUTUMNBRZ 9/11/2012 6:39AM

    You guys are so blessed to have one another. :) Sounds like it was a great race!

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LYNNIERN 9/10/2012 10:37PM

    Great blog, love how you guys are so supportive of each other, that's so awesome!! emoticon


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MARATHONDAD 9/10/2012 10:26PM

    very nice blog thanks for running with me and being the best running partner

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MARITIMER3 9/10/2012 10:18PM

    As I said to your husband, you two are an amazing pair! It's great to read about your accomplishments - congratulations.

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