Sunday, October 5, 2008

Half Marathon

Well I DID IT!! I ran my first half marathon on Saturday. That is 13.1 miles folks! I feel like I have been training all summer for this. It was a great race, but it was raining the first 7 or 8 miles, so my feet were wet the whole way. I finished in 1:41, which I was pretty happy with. I have been training at about 8-8:30 minute miles, so by my time I was running about 7:45 minute miles. I felt like the race wasn't organized that well though. They didn't even have gatorade at the mile markers, which is odd for a race that long. Scott, his mom, and the kids were at the finish line waiting for me. It was so good to see them there cheering. I just looked at the results online and I placed 31st out of 200 runners (that includes men and women); 5th place out of the 107 female runners, 2nd in my age group. I was only 4 minutes behind the female winner. Oh man, if I would've known maybe I could have pushed it a little harder (Scott just calculated that I would have had to run 19 seconds faster per mile). The course was so hard though! There were a ton of hills, and at one point there was a major hill on a gravel. It was pretty bad. A lot of people had to walk up it.
After the race we went around Greenbluff, which is an area of small family farms with apple orchards and pumpkin patches. Unfortunately it was cold and rainy, so we didn't want to stay long. Ryley had fun going through a corn maze with dad. I will have to post pictures when my mother in law sends them. I think we will go again in a few weeks so we can enjoy ourselves a bit more.
Back to the grind tomorrow. Where do the weekends go! Ugh.

9 comments:

Leah and Mike said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is amazing - you did awesome. We miss Greenbluff - they have nothing like that here :(

Swishy said...

I think that is SO SO SOOOO awesome!!! YAY! I am so proud of you!!!

Patti said...

whoo-hoo! congratulations!!!

Mama said...

that's awesome. good job.
p.s. love the picture of you two on the right

Emily said...

That is so awesome!!! I couldn't imagine running for that long and enjoying any moment of it!! your a rock star!!

The Farmer's Wife said...

Yay! Way to go!

Youre such a good example....I wanna be like you.
(No seriously...I'm not being sarcastic...that inspires me.)

Tim and Ashley said...

That is sooooo cool! You are my hero! I have thought doing one but just do not have the courage to do it. You are awesome!

Elyce said...

Great job, you are a great runner!

Hans and Laurel said...

Hey I remember that day! We saw you guys at Green Bluff after the race. Even after running that long you still looked good! Hans couldn't believe that you were walking around the farms after running so far. Great job!! It helps to inspire me more