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Some Half Marathon Comments

Sunday, November 24, 2013

*My ride showed up, almost on time, and got us to the expo in plenty of time to pick up our packets.
*Didn't have to sleep on the floor. Someone I don't know didn't show up and I got the bed meant for her.
*Two cats visited me in the middle of the night and sometimes I might have been annoyed or sleepily frightened, but I wasn't. They were so sweet.
*I slept as well as I've ever slept the night before a race.
*We got up at 4:45am in order to be on time for a 7am race.
*I stayed with 4 strangers and 1 acquaintance (plus cats) and they made me feel welcomed and comfortable. Very, very nice people. Smart and funny, too.
*The young people I thought might be noisy and up late took the race very seriously and went to bed early. (They ran under 2 hours.)
*I found ONEKIDSMOM and her cousin without problem.
*It was a cloudy 69 degree day -- not pretty, but a great running day. At least it was a pretty blue sky day for Barb the day before.
So not one of the things I'd worried about (not having a ride, not getting to packet pick up in time, not being able to sleep, feeling unwelcomed in a stranger's house, and not being able to find Barb) came true.
*Team Ladybugs looked great. I kept the wings and antenna on the entire race, and I had not been sure that would be possible.
*I felt good and strong throughout the event.
*My camera was too big to carry and I didn't even have a car to go put it back into, so I didn't get any pictures. However, lots of people did take pictures and I'm sure I'll get some to post later. (My wallpaper shows the Ladybug costume I wore today.)
*I didn't get to spend much time with Barb before or after the race since I was dependent on others for transportation.
*We finished strong, passing 147 people in the last 4 miles.
*Barb and I did end the race in an upright position, smile on our face, and knowing that we will run again.
*We got our beautiful finishers medals. Mine has already taken its place of honor in the center of the medal rack.
*Barb pointed out that I now am qualified to join the Half Fanatics. I glanced at the website. I could go in at the Neptune level since I finished 2 half marathons in 16 days or less. (15 days actually) Not sure I need that membership, but it's nice to have the option.
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AQUAGIRL08 11/27/2013 6:11PM

    Sounds like a great experience! Congratulations on your race! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2013 6:57PM

    Nice to review your thoughts!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/25/2013 4:27PM

    emoticon job!

Half fanatics! Sounds cool. You are definitely qualified. Glad to hear so many things went well for you. emoticon

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HARROWJET 11/25/2013 11:30AM

    It is my first time to hear about half fanatics. There is no end to where one can go next.

It was interesting to read your thoughts. I am sure many of mine would have been similar. Things usually work out the way they should.

Congratulations!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/25/2013 9:42AM

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And I love the costume!

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CELIAMINER 11/25/2013 9:39AM

    LOVE your ladybug wings! What a neat idea!

Thanks for posting your concerns and your successes. I have yet to run a HM (though I've walked 30, 40, and 50 km distances many times). I look forward to more inspiration from you as I prepare for two HMs in 2014.

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MIRAGE727 11/25/2013 8:47AM

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Wish I could have been there! Oh, and that medal? I believe it was probably the best looking medal given out this year in the Tampa Bay area! Outstanding, Marsha! And you're a hot ladybug too!
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SLIMMERJESSE 11/25/2013 8:02AM

    How fabulous; congrats!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/25/2013 7:47AM

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Marsha, congratulations! Way to be AWESOME! I'm truly in awe. How great that the things you were concerned about ended up all working out in your favor.
Excellently done - spend all week kissing your biceps:)

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GABY1948 11/25/2013 7:23AM

    This is WONDERFUL. You are definitely a better woman than I...not just the running and racing but being able to go to something like that and stay with people you never knew! I am SO proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STRIVER57 11/25/2013 3:28AM

    brava!

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JUST_TRI_IT 11/24/2013 11:46PM

    Way to go and go and go!!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/24/2013 11:35PM

    I am so happy for you.

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_LINDA 11/24/2013 11:31PM

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Marathon Fanatic. Yes! It suits you! What an achievement! Glad everything went so well for you!!
Keep on being amazing!

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BUSYGRANNY5 11/24/2013 9:16PM

    Fantastic! I love your background photo!!

Keep on keeping on!!!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 11/24/2013 9:16PM

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JOYINKY 11/24/2013 9:14PM

    emoticon I love that everything worked out so well!

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LIFEFOUNDONARUN 11/24/2013 8:50PM

    Congratulations! Becoming a half fanatic is one of my goals. So happy for you!

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RUN4FOOD 11/24/2013 8:46PM

    Sounds like everything worked out well, Congratulations!
My wife is a Half Fanatic. She did Tulsa this morning and really enjoyed being part of the Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics party afterward. That is number 14 for her for this year.

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SMITTY4RL 11/24/2013 8:39PM

    emoticon on running the half--it sounds great! Glad you had a good time. You don't have to answer, but I was wondering what intervals you used for the race--I'm always looking for different ones using the Galloway method. emoticon

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JENRAQTAY87 11/24/2013 8:29PM

    Congrats!

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