(First just wanted to say sorry for the delay, I hit the road for vacation the day after my race, this is the first chance to blog since then! )
June 26th, 2010..... I woke up nice and early 5am... took a nice shower, my hubby made me breakfast, and we hit the road. I thought I would get to the start line about 1 hour early since my hubby was dropping me off. What I didn't think was that everyone else was going to be dropped off at that same time as-well. I was really bummed as I walked about 2 miles to the start line, realizing that I would not get to see Jill or any of the other bloggy runners before the race. By the time I walked to the start, stood in line for the bathroom, and found my corral, my race started about 2 minutes later! I was excited, but wishing I knew someone around me in the large crowd to share the excitment with!
The first 5 miles were great! Nice and easy, none of the hills bothered me, and I really just was taking it all in! I was feeling some pretty strong emotions, everytime I saw little girls with their dads along the road, it just made me kind of miss my girls. I was ok, just pretended these little girls were there to cheer me on too!
This first picture is about mile 7-8..... You might be able to tell, I was hitting wall here. I saw my hubby and became super emotional! I was so happy to see him that I started to cry, and in turn a little bit of hyper-ventilation, which made me feel like I had asthma, so WEIRD! His encouraging words were great, and he mention that he saw Jill about 8 minutes before me, and she was doing great! This information was great because I was hoping to run into her.... I kept running to the tunnel, the whole time thinking I hope I see Jill.... Please let me see Jill.... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. And when I got to the tunnel I stopped and walked backwards for a while, looking and looking and looking. NO JILL. =( I had set my hopes a little too high there. But I got out of the lonely tunnel and started running again. Re-gained my motivation and strength, only to find who? My great friends Andrea, Beccy, and Megan!!! Oh I was soooo HAPPY TO SEE THEM!! I just about cried again, and then found only 2 miles left, so I ran, RAN, RAN.....
Boy that last mile seemed soooo LONG, doesn't it always!!! I was sooo HAPPY to be done when I got across that finish line. I was feeling a little dissappointed about my time, and the walking, but I DID IT!!!! I ran a Half-Marathon! I never thought I would do somthing like this!! And now looking back, I am loving that day! I regardless of all the doubts and fears, and numbers..... I RAN A HALF MARATHON and no one can take that away from me!!! final time: 2 hr 28 min