Sunday, April 19, 2009

Thank the Lord....

The race is OVER! haha! I trained, I did it, I finished (and within my goal!) My friend Sarah offered to run with me. THANK YOU! LOVE YOU! She did great. My only goal was to finish within 30min. of her and I did! YAY! haha! The race itself was actually MISERABLE, I'm not gonna lie. It rained the entire 13miles...UGH! We were soaked, our feet were a mess, the refuel area was a total mud pit, etc. But, damn (sorry for my language), crossing that line was WONDERFUL! I didn't have a very good run (which was slightly disappointing, because I know I can do better than I did), but mile 1-8 I felt great, which should have be a sign-ha!. I ran them too fast and got my butt handed to me miles 10-12. At one point, I was jogging so slowly, I might as well been walking-haha! But once you see that 12mile marker, it's a great feeling. And, they were handing out beer at 12.5miles. I regret not getting some now-ha!. I have NEVER ran more than 10miles. And, only ran that far twice in my life, during these last few weeks of training, so it was tough for me. The hills were FAR more diffifult than I had planned or trained for (at least I know better if I do it again next year), and my ipod got so wet, it crapped out on me at mile 2...YES, mile 2! I was so disappointed (and then had to stuff it into my bra because there was no where else to put it-ha!), I wanted to have an actual RUNNING time and keep track of my pace, etc.. The chip is great, but I walked once from a gel station to a water station, had to stop once to stretch my hip, etc. My chip time was about 2 1/2 hrs. Oh well....not to bad for my first race longer than a 5K! There were about 15,000 runners there. It was really cool. My over all place was 6,507! ha! But, with that many runners, overall I was pleased with myself and had a good time...and, isn't that what it's all about! :) Oh, and Scott missed seeing me cross the finish line becaue I crossed about 10 steps behind a man that was juggling and Scott was watching him...haha! Yes, I got beat by a man that was juggling rolling pins. I told you I will NEVER be a real runner..ha!

Soaked and happy to be DONE!


When I got home Mom and Scott and the girls had planned a little celebration for me. It was SO sweet! I loved it! :)

***Not sure when I will do another race of that length, but we already have plans for some 5K's and 10K's this summer. 3-6 miles sounds MUCH better right now! haha! Now, let's see if I can walk in the morning, that will be the real test!

6 comments:

The McAfee Pack said...

CONGRATS!!! there is nothing like crossing that finish line after running for that long! you did great!!! the running conditions stunk though!!! (every time i get to the hills in iroquois park, i think i should have trained more! ha! i think i would think that no matter what though! :)) i am always just happy to finish because i, too, don't consider myself a runner!! YOU ARE AWESOME!!

The Pitmans said...

I think that is awesome...i always set goals to run the mini, but never do it!! maybe next year i can and i'll think of you and your poor rain-soaked ipod!!

The Utz Family said...

That's great! I wish you had better weather! I am glad you had fun and FINISHED!! You are and will continute to be a great inspiration to your girls!! :)

The Cantlons said...

Congratulations, sweetie!! That is awesome!! I am so proud of you. I wish I could make myself do something so good for me. :) Instead I just finished eating a big Snickers Hurricane. . .Mmmmm!!Great Job!! You really should be so proud!

wick said...

Congrats Annie!!! You rock...Sorry the weather wasn't better, but good for you for still going through with it!!

Amy said...

great job on the race. I ran this race last year and you are right, the hills are a killer. I wasn't prepared for them either. For some reason I had my best time at this race though. 2:03 (I still am trying to beat 2 hrs for a 1/2) 1/2 marathons are sort of addicting though so watch out! Great time though considering it was your first AND it poured rain! :)

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