Well, I did it. I ran my first half marathon!! And what a fun weekend it was.
I handed off the kiddos, on Friday, in two different locations (younger two to Tuscaloosa with my younger sister Rachel and the older two with my OLDER sister, Mishka in Montgomery).
Then, me and the hubs were Pensacola bound!! And an added bonus: our friends Kristen and Jesse were there too! Kristen is "full crazy" because she was running her first FULL marathon. Wow!
So we arrived Friday night and connected with Jesse and Kristen and ate dinner at Pegleg Pete's. Being sure to start my weekend of "carb loading" (yes, I know it's only for the night before a race and not two days out) I chose to eat this:
the grouper sandwich!
And then we went to get coffee and chat!!
The next morning I awoke to this view from our hotel room:
Then we did a laid back 2 mile run to loosen up the legs for Sunday. And then we went to breakfast. Y'all, only a picture will do justice to show what I ate.
I eat the same, if not more, than a grown man. I said I wouldn't eat the pancake but I ended up eating half. Again, carb loading. Right?
Then we went to pick up our packets.. and drive the course.
*It should be noted that everyone was fine driving the course, until we veered off to follow the marathon route. Everyone kept commenting on how boring it was to drive this route. LOL. And poor Kristen was the only one "manning up" to run it. 26.2 miles is a loooong run. (like I said, I'm only half crazy.. at this point).
So then Jorge and I headed back over to the beach to get the necessary beach pics:
Then it was time for an early bedtime and an earlier wake up call. It was 4:30 when my alarm went off letting me know it was time to stuff my face with a cream cheese bagel sitting beside my bed. Then roll over and try to go back to sleep. The final alarm going off was at 5:10. Time to get ready.
(thank you hubby for yelling "GOOD LUCK, BABE" for everyone to hear).
Then it was time to go stand in line and wait:
(it was a wee bit chilly, even for Pcola)
(it got a bit more bearable and then it was racing time)
And then off we went. Me for the 13.1 and Kristen for the 26.2!!
(in the second mile.. still smiling..)
And then I did it!! I finished. 13.1 in 2:02. I'll admit it. I was really hoping that I'd finish in under two hours but when I hit a wall at the 10 mile mark (my foot was hurting..among other things) I was just so glad that I finished. When I ran my 10k last weekend I was on pace to finish in under 2 but like I said, I slowed down at the end and couldn't get it back. But needless to say, I have no regrets! Just another reason to train harder!
I also had a nasty chaffing spot under my arm so I had the pleasure of getting that "taken care of":
And you better believe I took advantage of the free massages:
And My gal Kristen wanted to finish her first marathon in under 4 hours. And that girl finished in 3:57!!!
Lets not talk about how sore I was for the first 24 hours. And that I am totally gonna run another half soon! I got two minutes I need to beat!!
A special thanks again to my awesome hubby for so proudly supporting me and telling me over and over how proud he was of me. For my sisters, Mishka and Rachel for braving children and loosing sanity so that we could go. To Mollie for hosting us and making us laugh. And to Kristen for being an amazing coach and running partner (and friend)!! And Jesse for showing us how to run with a jacket!!
Now I am asking myself the obvious next question:
Any races y'all are running?