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St. Louis Rock & Roll Half Marathon (with pics!)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Well, I went and did it! I ran the Rock & Roll Half Marathon in St. Louis today.

It was barking cold. I look a little crazed here!

I wish they could think of another thing to call the corral than a corral. It made me want to moo the entire time! My daughter took this pic. I'm up there somewhere!

Like Cinericia, I had a plan and ran according to the plan. My plan was :
(It was my plan and I planned it! for all you Red Dwarf fans out there)

1.Start at my usual 5K pace.
2. Ease off around the middle a bit.
3. NOT have my knee explode.
4. NOT have my hip dislocate.
5. Cross the finish line standing.
Heck, I crossed the finish line RUNNING, though it took pure will power to make sure the picture of me crossing the finish line was NOT a picture of me crawling across like some shot-down World War I fighter pilot trying to cross the Sahara.

So how do I feel? Exhausted, Elated, and with an even greater admiration for Marathoners. I do not think I will ever join their ranks, and I’m okay with that. Another half? I would want to be in better shape (I hear you Cheeky!) But it wasn’t my running training that let me down, it was cutting back on the cross training! My hip flexors were very angry at me for this one and my knee started barking around mile 7. So I need to figure out something for that soon.

All-in-all, I’m pretty proud of myself. My time just in! I did the half marathon in 02:26:47. It was an 11:12 pace, but considering I walked the better part of four miles, I'm not crying.

I have no pictures of me dropping to the ground, shovelling bananas, bagels and clementines into my face. But here's one of Rose and me when we had recovered enough to hobble back to the hotel :

And check this out, my geeky friends (you know who you are!) My bib number was a palindrome!
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    Oh my goodness! Look what happens when I disappear for a measly week or two. You go off and do something amazing and I'm not around to congratulate you in the proper jumping up and down fashion you deserve. But I'm doing it right now. (My staff is currently wondering exactly what is going on in my office.) I'm sooooo proud of you. You rock my socks right off. Walking, crawling, banana shoveling, and all. (And to go with your Red Dwarf, I add a bit of Firefly...When you can't walk, you crawl, and when you can't crawl, you find someone to carry you. But you're so amazing that it didn't come to that.)
    1973 days ago
    Very cool! You are AWESOME!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    1979 days ago
    Great job Shannon! :)
    1979 days ago
    Fab-u-lous! You rock! Congratulations!
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    1980 days ago
    Congrats on an awesome job indeed!!! You must feel so wonderful with this new accomplishment under your belt! Keep going!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • COOP9002
    Awesome job! Thanks for sharing your experience.
    1980 days ago
    Excellent! emoticon
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    1980 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. I love how you write. I have been running 10K's this year and I know it's time to graduate to a half marathon..but I'm scared! I admire you that you did this. Congratulations on such a great accomplishment. I'm not sure I ever want to run a marathon either but I think 13.1 miles is do-able.
    1980 days ago
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