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1 Corinthians 9:24-25

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

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My first half marathon is complete.

My goal was under 2 hours and it was reached.  Yay!

The whole process was interesting to say the least.  So many people crowding the street preparing to run through the city to achieve a goal time.  I almost bailed in the first mile, more than once, as runners behind me tripped me up…literally  The image of the face plant kept me from following through with it.  Some wore no shoes, some wore close to no clothes, some wore crazy attire.  So many spectators cheered us on…wow…they should be thanked…they gave full unconditional support.

At the 10k mark, my pace was 8:07 a mile.   Wow…what I would have given to stop at the 10k mark…ha!  The hills after that challenged me a bit and by the time a finished my pace had increased to about 8:37 a mile.  I was still happy with that.

As far as injuries go, my knee was fine, my stuffy nose cleared, my foot was still sensitive and gave me a little pain, especially in the last mile when I rolled it over a random rock.  ouch!  It is wrapped tight today.

I felt great after the race, but as the day wore on my stomach gave me some issues.  Blah!  Today I am working on replenishing myself.  Will be done.

All in all a good race and a lazy day after.

I was humbled by many during my training.  Those who encouraged and supported me are amazing.  Those who sent anonymous gifts and made crazy contributions also are amazing.  Those who cheered and provided sustenance during the race add to the list of amazing people who humbled me.

It was more than a race, it was an experience.

Tomorrow…

Tomorrow is the big day!

Yes, I know I have said it is just a race.  And it is.  Yes, I have said that it is not a big deal.  And it isn’t.  Yes, I have said there are far more important things in this world.  And there are.

But tomorrow is the big day!  A day that will go by as usual for most people, and a day where the wee hours of the morning will drag in anticipation for those of us running the race.  As a non-runner…hmmm…my first half marathon is a big deal for me.  My emotions are all over the place…excited, nervous, ready, doubtful and calm.  Preparing for this has been a big deal and I want to do my best.

My body wasn’t so sure it wanted to go through with it…it threw shin splints at me, it threw arthritis at me and finally in the last few days it has thrown a swollen foot at me.  I have never been so high maintenance in my life.   I am hoping to beat my goal and aiming for it…will let you know.  Hopefully my foot won’t hurt too badly until after I cross the finish line.  😉

When you roll out of bed and read this, I just may be halfway through my first half marathon.  Or perhaps, you will be getting ready with me.

To all those running or racing this weekend…enjoy!

The Goal

The Good News: This was my last long run before the half marathon.

The Bad News: It was a horrible long run.

The Good News:  My goal is to finish the half in under 2 hours (from the starting line…I will be quite a distance from there).  Even if I run as poorly as I did today, my time would still put me under 2 hours.

The Good News: This weekend is not race weekend…7 days to go.

I do realize that there are runners who will likely  complete the full marathon before I finish the half.  That’s okay.  I do realize that if I don’t make my goal, that is okay too.  But it is always fun to meet and beat personal goals, so even if I am under by one hundredth of a second, it would be fun to be under 2 hours  To do this I need to run a 9 minute mile or less.  For my 10 mile runs I have been averaging 8 1/2 minute miles, so hopefully the last 3 miles won’t raise that too much.  Today, on my horrible rotten run where I walked some (gasp)…I was still under 9 minutes.  So here is hoping to a successful time next week.  🙂

The Really Good News: I am blessed to be able to run.  Not everyone is able to.  I am blessed with the health to do so.

The Really Really Good News: No matter what happens next week I have awesome family and friends that love me and know I am doing my best and love me despite my finish time.

The Really Really Really Good News: I have The Lord and Savior who loves me even more than this and died for me so that I could live for Him and with Him.

In a world that is filled with tragedies and sorrows, it is nice to  be able to put things in perspective.  In perspective, this race is not a big deal.  Even though it is challenging and a big deal to me, it is far down on the scale of life’s concerns.  It is fun to blog about, though, and assuming/hoping/believing I will finish…it will feel good to have accomplished it.

Benched

I tried.  I pushed.  I fought against it.

At 5:42 this morning, the road won.

Training had been going very well!  I shed the shin splints, I built up to 9 miles…in a way, I actually enjoyed the 9 mile run!  Last week, perfect weather, headphones stayed in, different scenery…all made for a great run.

Before that run I was bothered by my knee…seemingly with bursitis.  After that run, it was rough walking the rest of the day…forced to elliptical training for a couple days, but was also able to get some treadmill time in and geared up for my 10 mile run this morning.

As I limped up the road to my starting point my knee hurt, but I was determined it would feel better when the running began.  My 10 miles were reduced to 10 feet.

I tried to put full weight on and run through it, but it wasn’t happening.  My body was not allowing me to put full weight on that leg.

I am disappointed.  I really was looking forward to my long run this week.

I am nervous.  The closer the race day gets the less I want my training to be on hold.

I am benched for not and so this morning the road won the battle.

One battle.

I am determined to win the war.

It is Official

And I am officially terrified!

The paperwork is turned in, the registration confirmed and my name on the list of multitudes of other crazy people that are actually looking forward to running 13.1 miles.

The small journey that led to this decision had many twists and turns.  Initially when I was challenged to do it I thought I would keep it to myself and finish it as my own personal goal.  I am not one who enjoys attention, so really didn’t want others to know.  HOWEVER, as life often does, things change and I then thought that if one of the reasons to run this race is indeed for those who cannot, then I should really run for those who cannot.  And thus, I chose to run for a cause.

The first charity I thought I would run for sounded amazing and the perfect place for me to donate money.  Sounded amazing…sounded too good to be true.  And it was.  Upon further research I found that this particular charity has two separate goals so to speak.  The money raised, though, goes straight into the pot for both sides and the sides are very different.  I talked to the people in charge and was shocked at the boldness of their defense at having two stands on one very controversial issue.  So, I had to tell them I could not run for them.  I am just glad I found out before supporting something I am against.

So back to square one, but that was okay…so I thought.  It was fine until later that day I received the e-mail that the half marathon was almost full.  Soooooooo…I decided just to register not under any particular charity, but just to get in and then determine the charity later.  That is when the half marathon went from 97% full to completely full…UNLESS you ran for a charity.

Sooooooo….back to square one again.  Although after the disappointments, I realized I actually did want to try it…because I was disappointed when I thought it was not going to be.  I went through the charities one more time, chose one and got in!  They then messed up my paperwork and I thought I would be out again.  I was certain now that this was not meant to be.  This morning, though, I received my registration confirmation and my fate is sealed.  🙂  I am quite happy with the charity because it will use the donated money to help kids and helping kids is a passion of mine.

Please pray for me when you think about it…pray that I make it through…that I stay healthy and injury free…and that the money be used the best way possible for these precious little children that need it.

Thanks for journey-ing with me.  🙂