1st Half Marathon!

It’s done! I did it! If you would’ve asked me one year ago if I ever thought I would run any kind of race with the word “marathon” in it, I would have laughed and said something sarcastic like, “Oh, yeah, of course, I’m all over that!” Yet here I am, a new woman, doing new things!

The race was crazy! John Ryan and I drove up to Bastrop, TX on Friday for packet pick-up….we entered the Hyatt Resort at Lost PInes and found ourselves in rolling hills! Steep hills…like, steep! We were admiring the amazing green trees and landscaping, when we noticed a little white sign that read, “4 MILES”….we both looked at each other and I began to freak out a little….about 2 minutes later, another sign, “5 MILES”….it was true!! We were driving the race course…all that was heard in the car for the next 30 seconds was, “NO WAY!!”, “UH-UH”, “IS THIS A JOKE?”!!! I instantly realized that this race was gonna be the most challenging thing I had ever put myself up to! First of all, because of a crazy last few weeks, I had only gotten up to 8 miles in my training…Secondly, I live in Corpus Christi, we don’t have hills!! Um…I take that back, we do have ONE….but let’s be honest, I avoid it if I can…who wants to suffer through that?!! So, needless to say, I was severely unprepared for what was about to happen!!

We stayed with Melissa and Tristan in Austin that night and had an awesome time being with them!! We have so much fun when we are all together!!

I got a good nights sleep, thankfully, until the part where I woke up at 3AM and couldn’t go back to sleep because of my crazy nerves! My dreams were full of miles and miles of long, high, rolling hills….really steep ones!! Eventually, 5:15 did come and after pulling myself together…I woke John Ryan up and we were off!! The race started at 7:30AM and my amazingly supportive husband and I arrived with only a few minutes to spare…so by the time we had shuttled to the Start Line I only had time for a quick port-o-potty run before the National Anthem was sounding and it was time to start running!

ZOOMA is a women’s race series so there were women everywhere…and a few brave men participated as well! I have honestly never seen so many fit people in one place!! It was inspiring!

The first few miles were honestly a breeze…I had settled into a good pace and my gate felt comfy…I was good to go….then mile 4 came…remember mile 4 from earlier? Yeah, I was anticipating the torture…and then I arrived.  I’m always amazed at how God designed our bodies…the adrenaline kicked in and I began to push my way up and over those hills…all of a sudden, they weren’t so bad…and by the time I had figured that out, they were gone!! I can’t even remember most of it…I must have been in a major zone!

I, surprisingly didn’t hit my wall until mile 11….the reason? Well, at the 11th mile we entered a beautifully landscaped golf course…the problem was that the course zig-zagged tightly for the last 2 miles….I could see the runners at the end and they were so small!! I just thought, “How am I gonna get to that point?!”….I decided to focus on the path immediately ahead of me and push through…it worked!

What really helped me get to the end was the fuel!! I had awesome little fruit bites and chewable energy!! I needed every one of those little suckers!! And JR bought me the coolest little belt that holds fun stuff like that!! I had the best set-up ever!!

Special thanks to Tristan Summers for (unknowingly) letting me borrow head phones for my music! I forgot to grab mine and I never could have finished the race without David Crowder singing to me the whole way!

STATS:

Distance- 13.1 miles
Time- 2:10:34

546th of 1,390, Overall
451st of 1,239, Female
93rd of 236, 25-29 Age Bracket

You can watch me cross the Finish Line here

Here I am smiling at all the wonderful Facebook comments I received during the race!

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