Monday, November 21, 2011

Marathon & Fundraising Progress

I'm so excited to say that I completed my first half marathon!  It was such an amazing experience and the location was breathtaking.  It was at the Valley of Fire and is supposed to be one of the most challenging courses around because all the huge hills.  It was intense.  I'm not going to lie, I had to walk on the very last hill during my 12th mile because my legs were protesting.  But I only walked for a few seconds before I realized walking is way harder them running after you have been running for 2 hours straight so I finished off strong.  I got so emotional as I was running through the finish line thinking of how hard I worked for this, and I felt so grateful for all the beauty in my life and in this world.  It was such a wonderful moment for me.  Timing was not important to me at all, my goal was to just finish but I'll share my stats in case anyone is curious.  My time was 2:18:59 and I placed 20 out of 49 people.  I got an award at the marathon for 1st in my division but after getting home and reading the stats I realized I was the only one in my division. Ha!  But hey... I was still first! right?

On a side note I did learn a few things  during my marathon:
  • Majority of full marathon runners look homeless
  • Throwing your trash on the ground is OK 
  • Snot rockets are socially acceptable
  • Running downhill is WAY harder then running uphill (who'd of thunk?)
  • Slow and steady really does win the race - Everyone who started off fast I eventually passed (for the most part)

I am going to be taking a little break from running so intensely for a while I think so I can spend time with my kids.  I felt like towards the end of my training it was getting kind of hard to juggle work, kids, household stuff, and running (But that's not to say it can't be done!  Where there is a will there is a way so if you have kids and are trying for a half, it's possible and its a wonderful experience!).  I want to keep my love for training so I think its a good idea not to overdo a good thing so I don't make myself hate running altogether.

And for the fundraising... we are at a whopping $1045.00 and I cant wait to give that to the Make-A-Wish Foundations and brighten up a child's life.  I just have to collect the monies from my lovely sponsors! So that's it for the marathon and fundraising...for now anyway.  Hope you all had a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

way awesome! Congrats

Amy Stewart said...

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kcomekarolina said...


xoxo from rome

Dilan Dilir said...

congratulations dear :D

Domestic Sweetheart said...

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Chelsea said...

Majority of full marathon runners look homeless!

YEP! hahahah!

you're too cute!

isn't red rock beautiful?

Great job girl! you inspire ME to get out and run. I just haven't had it in me since i had elle. but feeling fat/gross means it's time to get my ass up and do the work it takes to get back to where i was. it weighs on your self esteem not feeling like yourself!


proud of you!

Cassy said...

I know how you feel Chelsea! The sacrifices we make for our children! Its easy to forget how good running feels until you get out there and run.