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I'm officially a Half Marathoner!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

So after I posted yesterday's blog -chocked full of excitement, I got a little worried.
"Oh dear, what if it wasn't as much fun as I remembered? What if I get disappointed? What if I disappoint my family? What if I can't do it?"

Ridiculous, right? I've been training for months.
Husband got a few pics....1st one before the race.

I don't know who I was waving at, but it looks like I was glad to see 'em!

Okay, so I had as much fun as I thought I'd have. It really was everything I'd hoped. The weather could not have been better. The spectators are great, and my personal cheerleaders were scattered out about every couple of miles. That is a great boost when you start lagging!

I ran the Half marathon in 3 hours and 1 minute. My goal was 3 hours so I think I'll be happy with that. What I'm really proud of is that I kept my pace (13.8 min/mile). That's slow for a whole lot of folks, but I started this journey walking a 20 minute/mile.

Can you believe that I came across this chair after the race? I'm not sure what it was doing there, but I took a minute to "get off my feet".

Speaking of feet- the toes of my left foot are my big sore spot this afternoon. I have bursitis (SP?) in that foot, and it's a bit inflamed. That's alright. It held up to do what needed done, and now it's resting comfortably in the recliner.

Now a few days off. I don't have to think about running until later this week, and then it's only 2 and 3 mile runs. I'm more determined than ever to run St. Jude's half marathon in December. Thank you for the well wishes Sparkers! Oh dear, I'm tired!

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  • BIG_BEAR73
    way to go! I did the full, in 6.47, and rt now I am in so much pain, I think I will stick to halfs and 5ks.
    2600 days ago
    Congratulations on such an awesome job!
    2602 days ago
    You did it!!!
    Keep up the good work.
    2602 days ago
  • LEW0213
    Congrats from me also. You are truly a Motivator.

    The Pear tree blossoms are really beautiful this time of the year. My farm is just full of them and it's almost like the trees are covered in snow.
    2602 days ago
    Congrats with your Half Marathon!!!

    I am the same with the pace thing. But its true when you compare it with your times when you first started out on this journey and you notice how far you have come.

    Well done on a job done well!!!

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    2602 days ago
    Way to go! emoticon
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  • MAGGIE101857
    Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon

    You are a champion!!!!! emoticon
    2602 days ago
    emoticon That is a fine pace! Well done! And Welcome to the half marathon finishers club! I floated for about a month after my first last May, and now, reading your blog, hoping the second one is worth my catch-up training that is now going on. During the slogging of training, we all need to look forward... you must live south of me, those blossoms on the trees are incredible!
    2602 days ago
  • SUNNY332
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    So Proud of You!
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon That's gotta feel pretty great!!
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    Comment edited on: 3/4/2012 6:34:53 PM
    Travelgrrl, I talked with some ladies this weekend who do marathons all over the country. They said St. Jude was the best race to do. I asked them how they kept from crying the whole time. Their response "You don't. Everybody cries. It's amazing to see the kids around the hospital. They are so excited to see you."
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    I know just how you feel and you and DS are AWESOME!!! That's a GREAT PACE and YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT!!!

    Next you need to post a picture with your MEDAL!!

    We are hoping/planning to do the St. Jude as well! I've heard it is not to be missed.

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