It's official - 13.1 miles

Sunday, March 21, 2010

For the past number of weeks, I've been very anxious about today's race - getting running time anywhere I could fit it in. I did a practice 2 weeks ago and with the mileage not quite perfect I managed about 13.1 in 2hrs and 42mins.

So this morning came really early at 4am. I live 1 hour west of Virginia Beach were the 38th annual Shamrock was being held. We were told to arrive early to get parking. The 1/2 marathon started at 7am and was completely sold out at 7500 runners.

My goal in all this was not only to finish, but finish without walking at all. This is the farthest I've ran in a race so far. I was so excited last night that, of course, I couldn't sleep. I finally fell asleep at 11pm just to wake at 4am - 5 hours. UGH!

Anyway here's me at the start line. There were so many runners we were "corralled" by our estimated finish time. As you can see, it's still slightly dark out.

My DH was there with me and decided to get some pictures of the sun rising:

Here's me right after crossing the finish with a time of 2hrs 29min and 44 sec and receiving my medal. (not my best pictures so don't laugh) It was so crowded DH couldn't get pictures right at the start and the finish. But I'll take what I can get lol.

I finally caught up with DH and once again he told me how proud he was. I couldn't help but to tear up and cry. And to see the tears in his eyes .... It finally hit home what I actually accomplished - me - a non runner. Someone who used to hate running! Now my passion! DH is even beginning to run - yeah!

And here's the final picture. Most important - my medal! And, I bought 2 stickers at the Fitness Expo just in case I made the run. They will be put on my truck tomorrow!

Thank you to all my team mates and friends for your support and encouragement. I thought about you many times during my run today! YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

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    Congrats on the Shamrock! I am doing my first 1/2 on May 15th. I'm very nervous and anxious, but I know with people to inspire me like you. That it shouldn't be a problem
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    Thank you for sharing your inspiring journey with us all!!!! Spark on, lady!
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  • SPIDER16
    What a super achievement. Be proud...very proud, you did awesome!!! emoticon emoticon
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  • CINDYC53
    WOW! Jenn, your photos are wonderful, and I had tears in my eyes looking at them and reading your story - just like you & DH! SO so proud of you. I was looking again at your last blog, thinking about the loss of your mom and all you've had to persevere through - and what a wonderful crowning achievement this day is for you. Thanks so much for sharing it & inspiring the rest of us!
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    4145 days ago
    Congrats on a job well done - you look great at the end as though you could keep on running.
    4145 days ago
    Yay!!! I am so happy for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    No Jenn, YOU ROCK! I am so glad this turned out so well for you. Enjoy the happiness I know you must be feeling, you have truly earned it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon So very proud of you! You did FANTASTIC!
    4146 days ago
    You did GREAT!! What a feat indeed. And you're NOT a runner? LOL Maybe one day I will be able to say the same. So tickled for you!!!! emoticon
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    SO happy for you -- and you look great!!
    4146 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    Jenn, you showed yourself today a truth about who you are. Not just that you are a runner, but that you are successful! Of course we knew this already.

    4146 days ago
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    That is awesome!!! I am training for a half in Dallas in August. I'm very nervous, but am loving the feeling I get each week as I tack another mile onto my total. Great job!
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