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A perfect day!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

It couldn't have been a better day for my friend's first 1/2. It was cloudy day and the storm that went around us took all the humidity with it. She wore appropriate clothing and looked cute with her now 4 month baby bump.

We started out slowly and jogged down a large hill. We passed two women that said they are normally the "butt end." We chatted briefly and kept going. The first turn brought the first hill that we walked up. The two ladies behind us caught up and passed us.

Fast forward. We ran maybe a total of a mile. We did lots of "deep discussing" about everything under the sun. I really think we fixed the world's problems. emoticon At least in our little world!

My friend did awesome. She really listened to her body and adjusted her pace accordingly. She apologized a couple of times and I assured her all was good. (Besides being pregnant, she has asthma and really wasn't able to "train" since she has gotten sick just about every day. She's actually lost weight since she got pregnant.)

This was so good for us both. The team mentality was awesome. I was over my normal competitiveness, with myself, even when we were a mile behind the slowest 1/2 marathoner. It was all good.

I actually found muscles that I forgot about, which really surprised me. Walking definitely uses different muscles or uses your muscles differently. I think this 1/2 may really help me in the next three.

We did great, but the last two miles were tough on my friend. She was starting to get leg cramps. I told her as long as it wasn't in her abdomen, I was fine with that pain. She had already battled shortness of breath, a side cramp, a cramp in the hip area, her hips popping, and calf tightness. To say the least she didn't let the mental get to her. She is one tough cookie!

We finished in 3:23 which was about 15:30 minute miles. Normally that would be agonizingly slow for me, but we had a great time.

The one disappointment was that they ran out of 1/2 marathon medals and will mail ours. I really wanted her to feel that sense of accomplishment when that metal is hanging around your neck. Delayed gratification, I guess.

We started for home and the rain began. A quick stop for lunch and then we parted ways. She ended up joining me at "coffee shop church" where the sermon really hit home with her. To say the least, it was a perfect day!
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BETRHO48 9/1/2014 4:55PM

    Awesome! How fun to have a fiend run your 1/2 marathon with you!
Congratulations.
~Beth

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BIGPAWSUP 9/1/2014 10:58AM

    Sounds FANTASTIC. Congrats. We want to see your medal when you get it.

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KANOE10 9/1/2014 9:31AM

    What a great day and such fun to share it with a friend.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/1/2014 8:41AM

    Awesome, awesome race report! Considering all the things going on with your friend, it was just as you said "perfect"! And what a great friend YOU were, sticking with her, and supporting HER. So proud of you AND her!

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HOLLYM48 9/1/2014 8:30AM

    Great job! Way to go. That is a lot of walking at one time. What a great friend you are to do that with her and go at her pace!

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ALICIA363 9/1/2014 7:09AM

    So proud of and happy for both of you!
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PMRUNNER 9/1/2014 6:49AM

    Sounds like a great way to share a half! Hopefully you continue to inspire your friend to stay active and healthy too.

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123ELAINE456 9/1/2014 4:59AM

  Sounds like a Wonderful Day for the both of you. That was very nice of you supporting your friend in this. You are a very Good Friend. Keep It Up. Congrats. to the both of you for finishing the Race. WTG!!! God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!Take Care.

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BLUEJAY1969 9/1/2014 3:54AM

    What a wonderful day you spent supporting a friend! And who knew walking and running used different muscles?
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Jeanne

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KRISZTA11 9/1/2014 2:48AM

    Sounds wonderful, you both did great!
You are a good friend.
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JANTHEBLONDE 8/31/2014 10:11PM

    That is so awesome that you walked and ran a half marathon with your friend! I have always thought you were a wonderful person on Sparks but this blog sums it up.... You are absolutely a beautiful person inside and out! I am so glad you had a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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LESLIELENORE 8/31/2014 10:10PM

    What a great experience for both of you!

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MM11113 8/31/2014 9:48PM

    wow is all I can think!
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BHENDRICK2 8/31/2014 9:45PM

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GERRYH2 8/31/2014 9:43PM

    I saw your blog the other day where you talked about the 1/2 marathon walk. So glad to see this follow up. It must have been so much fun to see the expression on your friends face when you both crossed the finish line. Way to go! I'm sure she appreciated your support and friendship.

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