|On my way to my corral and telling Mr. C to chill with the camera!|
I started the race feeling strong but tried to take my friend Ashlyn's advice to go slow early on. I knew the course was full of hills and I was hoping to have something left at the end. By mile 10 my knee was throbbing and I started taking 15 second walk breaks (grrr, so mad at myself for that!). I picked it back up though and ran to the finish. My time was 2:13:50--my goal was 2 hours and I wasn't far off but I could kick myself for those breaks!!!! In truth, they didn't hurt that much less and I wish I had pushed harder.
My mom, my boys, my good friend Ashlyn, and Christian were yelling for me at the finish line. It was so awesome I almost started crying. Our names were printed on our bibs and even strangers were yelling my name-- let me tell you, I loved it and it made a difference! So did all the encouragement you guys left here in your comments and emails, they were on my mind when the going got hard and I can't thank you enough!! I'm here to tell you, EVERY comment and piece of encouragement mattered to me!
|At the finish line and pretty tired!|
|Music city bling!|
This half marathon started out being something I wanted to cross off of my bucket list but it turned into so much more. Three and half months ago, I couldn't run to the end of my street. Four days ago, 13.1. I'll never forget it. I found something I love doing, something I love being a part of, and it's so rewarding. I can't wait to do another one and reach my goal time! I'm a runner!!!!