i run 13.1
What a day... what a day. It was awesome. Today I participated in my first 1/2 marathon. I have been training for it since July 4th weekend and today all the hard work paid off. Second times a charm I guess. I trained for it for a few months two years ago but hurt my knee and got pregnant so I never finished. Made it to the 10 miles for Texas race and then pretty much quit.
But not this time. Today I did it! The day did start though with some tears and a pep talk from Frank. We stayed downtown last night and the lady next door had her t.v. up on full volume and I only slept for 45 minutes. Yep...45 minutes..2:30 am-3:15 am to be exact. At 1 am I was crying because I had been laying in bed since 8 pm and was so mad that I hadn't slept. I think my first breakdown was about the time I had heard the Gallery Furniture commercial for the 5th time. The kids slept great, but Frank and I just tossed and turned. At 4 when I had to get up I was bawling and Frank quietly gave me a pep talk telling me I can do it, I've trained hard, and I'm ready.... sleep or no sleep. It was really sweet. So, I met my neighbor and friend Traci, and another friend Mary downstairs and we caught a cab to the George R Brown. My stomach was feeling very sick and I was worried, but once we were off and running I immediately felt better. Seeing Frank, the kids and our neighbors helped keep me going. They were so cute holding signs, cheering and running along side of me as I passed. The last mile was the best as crowds of people are cheering you on, and screaming your name. Our bibs had our names really large on them and strangers were screaming, "Go Lacey!" "Keep it up Lacey!", "Finish Strong LACEY!" It was awesome! And passing that finish line made me almost cry. To think that I have never been a runner and just finished 13.1 miles in a race was a great feeling. If someone would have told me three, four, five, 30 years ago that I would ever do a 1/2 marathon...I would have laughed. So exciting to accomplish a goal that seemed far out of reach.
Traci and Mary...WE DID IT!! I am so proud of us that we did it and finished the season!
Here are a few pictures from the day:
Part of my cheerleading team with their Go Lacey sign:
Gavin greeting me at water station Mile 8:
Seeing the Fam after finishing and getting my medal:
Traci and I stoked to be done with our Finisher Shirts on:
WE DID IT! WE DID IT!