I am so excited to say that I have finished another 1/2 Marathon....3 months after delivering my Baby Boy!
Friday Morning, we packed up and headed to Savannah for the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon! Once we got into town, we headed straight to the EXPO. I love the Expos at races because there are so many fun things to look at...all the latest and greatest in the running world! This race I wanted to get a fun shirt to run in. The one I decided on was "This IS my race pace". HA. I love running....but I am the first to admit that I don't run fast, nor is it important to me to run fast...so I loved this shirt because my race pace is quite possibly someone else walking....but it is mine :)
The race started at 7:30 and it was so exciting! Too bad I had to wait another 35 minutes to actually cross the Start Line. But my time came and I was off and running!
It is amazing how fast the first couple miles go when you are surrounded by so many others. Before I knew it, I was at the 5K mark....32:26. I felt great! Right before the race started, I looked at my IPod to get it ready and the battery was on red! Seriously...I charged it on the way to the race and it was already dead....I think I forgot to turn it off...such bad luck! So, I decided not to turn on my pump up music until I really needed it. Come 4...I needed something so IPod came to my rescue! And once again...before I knew it...I had run a 10K....1:07:09. And then I HAD to go to the bathroom....I hate this during a race, but stopping is better than the alternative! And there was a line...so a couple minutes later...back to running! Mile 8-12 was along gorgeous Savannah Residential streets covered by mossy oaks and lined with gorgeous architecture...right up my alley! Right before the 10 mile mark, I had to walk. I could not feel my second toe on both feet...so weird, but I have had this problem every time I have run training this time. I regained feeling right at the 10 mile marker...1:57:58. My IPod died at 10 and Miles 10-11 seemed like FOREVER!!! I kept telling myself at 11 I would walk some...and right before Marker 11, I heard someone say "Only 2 Miles left...you can do it!" And I thought about how easy 2 miles is and I pushed along! I was sooo close! And then at the end....something comes over you and you just feel like you have to run as fast as you can..so I sprinted (which was probably no more than a nice jog but in my mind felt really fast) and crossed that finish line smiling....2:38:15 (but if you subtract the bathroom break, I would say 2:36ish!).
I am so excited because, other than my toes, my body felt AMAZING! And I finished 4 minutes faster than my Country Music 1/2 time! Yay for improvement! Overall, I had a 12:04 minute pace!
Now let's talk about my Hubby...he is just awesome!!! Zach had a 28:02 5K, 55:56 10K, 1:30:08 10 Mile and....Drum Roll.....finished the 1/2 Marathon in 1:58:47...He finished in under 2 hours!!!!! So very proud!
And this girl kicked some major butt! My friend, Katie, ran her first Marathon and finished around 3:50hr...absolutely unbelievable!
After the race, we got ready for the big UA v LSU game....which was quite a disappointment but how could someone let that ruin such a great day!
Sunday, we were up bright and early because kids don't get Daylight Savings!!!
This is our cute cottage!
Check out was at 10...so we left a little early to make 10am Mass at this bad boy....
and then we ate lunch here! We ARE Irish!
And on our way home...we started to think of where we were going to run our next 1/2 marathon!