The day you’ve been waiting for is here! My Friday Fitness recap of the half marathon! After months of running in freezing cold temperatures a warm and sunny Sunday morning greeted us. This girl right here. We were in this together. I had no intention of running another half marathon. I was totally happy with 10K or less. But once I turned her into a runner she added a half marathon to her bucket list. We made a deal. We’d do it together.
We got there early. It was in a small town and we weren’t quite sure of the parking situation. We had bananas to eat, water to drink and potty stops before we started. Unfortunately the long lines for the bathroom caused us to miss the group photo with the members of our Moms Run This Town chapter as well as the Columbus chapter.
We took the above pre-run selfie. We found ourselves in the middle of the pack and the race was on. We started out on some surface streets, past school, houses, a park, back to where we started (mile 2) and then out into the “country.”
Mile 3 was a little rough. We started our uphill adventure. There were a few “rollercoaster” turns. But the scenery was great, especially the farm with the miniature ponies! I wish I’d have snapped a picture of these guys. They were all lined up along the fence just watching everyone run by!
Then we went downhill and back up making our way to the bike path. Around mile 5 we saw the leader making his way back (it was an out and back course). I grabbed some water at mile 6. Around mile 7 I saw the first of my fellow MRTT runners making her way back. I turned right around mile 8 and a few minutes later saw my girl Jess and Michele coming up toward the turn. Cheers and high fives were given and we kept moving. Just before the 9 mile mark I saw the last two MRTT runners and I was feeling pretty good.
The closer I got to 10, though, the more my foot started hurting. Despite my best efforts with Body Glide before the race I could feel the blisters moving in on my left foot. Up until that point I was maintaining a pretty consistent pace. By miles 11 & 12 I was slowing down. But my girl, Jess was speeding up! And she caught up to me!
After making the turn toward the finish line I was on the lookout for my cheering section. And they found me!
And it was just what I needed to finish strong!
When I first signed up for this race my goal was to finish in under 2:30, but through the weeks of training I realized I could do better than that. I started thinking 2:15 would be a more challenging, yet still realistic goal. And I crossed that finish line at 2:13:58. I couldn’t have been more excited!
I turned around and watched Jess come in and went in for the big sweaty hug! We did it. We not only finished, but we rocked that thing!
My little cheerleader. She was so excited to watch mommy race. And I was so excited to see her smiling face. She really just wanted to see the medal. After a few hugs they headed home and I stuck around to cheer the rest of our MRTT crew in.
(we’re missing one gal who had to leave right after the race because she had a sick baby)
I’m so proud of these girls (2 of which ran their first half marathon!). And I’m so glad I had them to train with as well as celebrate with. And despite declaring I was never another half marathon again, I did it. And the following day I signed up for another. And bought new shoes (to hopefully prevent the blister problem from happening again). So let the training continue…………
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