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ROCK N FLY Take Two - My Second Half Marathon - Celebrating Finish Lines, NOT Finish Times

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A year ago at age 55 I did my first half marathon. It was a major accomplishment for me just to sign up, much less to actually DO it! I'm typically a "stay-in-my-comfort-zone run-from-any-possibility-of-a-
challenge" kind of girl. I knew what I had done was commendable, but I walked away disappointed in myself for a finish time of just a few seconds over 3 hours. I had not met my goal to finish in under 3 hours.
Over the past year I've heard from a lot of seasoned runners who did that same it was one of the most difficult courses they had experienced. It was extremely hot and humid, with very little shade. The water stations were not prepared and ran out of either cups or water, or both. I saw runners literally sprawled out on the side of the road. The ambulances stayed quite busy hauling runners off the course due to heat exhaustion. I, myself, was to the point of feeling like I couldn't take another step, but I finished. And after it was over...I swore...never again.
But what did I do? The first week sign ups were posted...I paid my money to do it again. I also told my husband he was going to do it and I signed him up, too.
Why? Cuz I'm just a little cra-cra? Maybe so. But something inside of me wanted to give it another shot. Not to try and finish in under 3 hours, but to finish it with a whole new attitude. I wanted to do it again and walk away from it feeling accomplished and proud of myself.
And that is exactly what I did. Hubby and I finished together in well OVER 3 hours, but we didn't care. The point is, we finished. It was hot...and parts of the course were just plain miserable, but we took our time and enjoyed it. We took lots of pics along the way. The race organizers did a much better job this year and there was plenty of water and cups. The water stations were awesome...and the course was filled with ROCK N ROLL tunes.

Here is the story in pictures.

Starting line:

Flyover before the cannonball start sounded:

The race takes place aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. Here are pics from along the route.

Some fun pics from the water stations...and Elvis!

Finish line!

And we did NOT end up here:

I'm not sure if I will ever do this half marathon again, but I for sure will do the 5K and then be at the finish line to cheer on those who dare to take on this half marathon course.

So if you are thinking about trying a it 5k, half, or whatever...and fear of a "finish time" is holding you back...just get out there and do it! Who cares if the whole crowd of runners passes you by...your t-shirt, recognition, or medal is just as honorable as anyone else's!
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    This is just DAMNED IMPRESSIVE in so many ways! You (and hubs) ROCK, bigtime!!!
    1862 days ago
    Everything you wrote here spoke to me. I am so proud of you, and your hubby too!! I am doing a 5k with my family tomorrow, and it will be my First Ever sanctioned run. I have done a few 3 mile runs on my own, but here we go!! I love your attitude, and how you wanted to run and finish with a different attitude this time. I am all for new ideas, and new ways of thinking to keep ourselves fresh in mind and spirit.
    1943 days ago
    Congratulations!! You inspire me. I hope to participate in my first 5k this year.

    1955 days ago
    That is great that you enjoyed the event with your husband. I love your emphasis on finishing the race, but taking pictures and finding it fun as you go. There is a great satisfaction in that.

    1955 days ago
    Great Blog! I totally agree that it isn't about the time, it is about finishing with a smile on your face. I'm signed up for several half marathons this year including the Hop Hop Half next weekend. I'll never be fast, but I am a finisher and having events that I'm doing "out there" keeps me motivated to stick with my training. By the way, a great book with lots of motivation and information is Jeff Galloways book "Marathon". You can get it used on Amazon for $3.99 shipped. I now use his run/walk/run method and enjoy it.

    1956 days ago
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    1956 days ago
    My "shero"!! You and Arnie are emoticon !!!

    Cheers to the next 5k or run/walk you choose to do!

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    1956 days ago
    Way to go, Carol! I'm proud of your physical accomplishment and mental attitude!
    1956 days ago
    Congratulations for finishing! Really, it takes guts with no goal of glory to go for this kind of stuff at our age...but there really is glory...glory in the finishing of it!

    Way to go. You're not only maintaining your weight sooooooooooooo well, you're branching out in life!

    A big WOO HOO to you!!!
    1956 days ago
    Congrats! Sounds like fun! F-U-N!!! Just for the sake of pleasure and joy. And the satisfaction of doing it!
    1956 days ago
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