Miles 11-13 were for sure hard for me. I had never run past 11 miles in all of my training - so my body was screaming out in confusion. And go figure, mile 12-12.5 was a very.large.hill. I knew from looking at the course map that there was a hill there - but when I saw what was before me, I wanted to cry a bit. My trusty friend and coach (Corrine) assured me that I could do it, that it was no worse than a hill that we would frequent in our training. I thought about smacking her upside the head telling her that said hill was not after 12 miles. But I didn't. I pressed on. And it helps that a song with a pretty powerful beat came on my iTunes as I started the hill. So i tipped my hat down leaving only enough room to glance at possible feet in front of me, and I ran to the beat until I was at the top. I didn't want to know when I'd get there, only when I was there. That worked for me.... Because next thing I know - I hear Corrine saying, "LOOK! It's the finish line!" With about 100 meters to go, I saw the clock saying 2:15:and some amount of seconds. (The time difference between that and my finish time is because I was not in the first starting wave of the race. The times were adjusted and printed later.) I was determined to finish strong and before that clock said 2:16. So I went into a full on ugly sprint. (No really, U.G.L.Y. I am not a cute runner, and an even uglier sprinter.) What happened at that moment just made me smile again. The crowd began cheering! Maybe they weren't cheering for me - but it felt like they were! The only flaw in this, is that my body was not happy with my sprinting and was begging me to stop. However, my pride said - but they're all cheering for me...I must finish!
And then it was over. 11 weeks of sweat, sore muscles, and a lot of time .....and it was over. And it was so worth it! I can't wait to run my next race! (Which by the way....is the Chicago Half Marathon in September. More to come on that, as it involves YOU!) Other than "just finish", I saw a pin on Pinterest (go figure) recently that I had in my head as my "mantra". See, I'm really good at hearing the voice in my head that says I can't do things... so this was a fantastic quote for me. I should really think about using it in several areas of my life, to be honest. But today, it was all about the run!
Before I post pics, I wanna give a shout out to my friends and coaches, Corinne Baur and Christy Hires. These two women have encouraged me and inspired me (as many of you have as well). I can't tell you how huge FINISHING this has been for me. I am not known for endurance or long suffering. No, I am best at running (make that a brisk walk, actually) and hiding. I'm best at starting things and not always finishing them. But these two women, as well as the rest of my running group, made this endeavour fun and do-able. And honestly, I credit the amazing training program laid out by Corinne in her recently published book - Running By The Book - for the much needed solid foundation to stretch myself in this way. If you do run, want to get into running, or know someone who does - this is the book for you! And in fact, to celebrate my little victory - I'm giving away a copy of her book! Leave a comment, get your name in the drawing once. Link to this post on Facebook, get two entries! LIKE Running by the Book on Facebook (click on that link) and get your name entered three times.can't do this. Because if I can - trust me, you can...and you need this book to get there!) I will draw a name one week from today, Sunday April 22, 2012.
Okay, sorry to blab for so long. Here's the pics. I look almost as cute as the woman in the picture above...but nowhere close, actually.
Nothing like a cold April day in Colorado. Thankfully, the skies cleared for most of the race. Near the end, a brutal cold wind was at our face, which was annoying...but I'm thankful it wasn't snowing or raining!
Corinne was "pacing" me throughout the run. I joked with her telling her that I felt like a dog, constantly looking back to make sure my master was still right behind me. (I'm #303!)
I'm just a tad excited at the start. But why wouldn't I be???
Wow, that is one tall person in front of us. Random, I know.
Sprinting to the end. (Hey, I warned you it wasn't cute.)
I snuck around a few at the end and squeezed in just before 2:16!
DONE! These 2 stayed by my side the entire time. Corinne on the left, friend and running mate Danielle in the middle. This was Danielle's first half as well. I was so proud of her! She ran today even though she was sick! And she never once complained.
|Always good to be able to laugh after! At least we weren't crying!|
|Christy and her husband Tracy. He was brave enough to be the one man in our running group today!|
Waiting for post-race food. It turned COLD! The girl in the white jacket next to me is a long time friend, Kassie. I'm so proud of her. She finished today with a time of 1:59. She is my hero! I basically want to run like her when I grow up.