My second Half Marathon took place 4 weeks after my first one.
I REALLY wanted to kick that things butt, however, it ended up kicking mine.
I had planned on running it at least 15-20 minutes faster than the month before, judging by the pace I was keeping before we left, but I was left dehydrated the night before, and it really knocked me on my ass. My goal the night before as I headed to bed, was to just show up at the start line, and do the best I could with the way I felt.
Here is a view of the park before we started. What an amazing park. It was freezing, but Mr. Weather Man said it was really going to heat up, so I dressed according to that. I was miserable. Gabe kept telling me to smile for the picture, and out of the 3 he took, this one is the one I looked the least miserable in. Imagine what the other ones looked like...sheesh!
I was dragging. I remember having all htis energy at the Salt Lake Half. This was so not the case this time. I was very dizzy and kept seeing blurry. I didn't clue Gabe in on my situation too much, as I knew he would have made me stop. At the first aid station, I took Gatorade and just started drinking like a fish. I took it at every single stop, and finally at mile 6, I started to come around and feel like I might actually be able to finish this race.
A shot of Gabe and I at our one and only 'potty stop'. Nice! I did cross the finish line, with my Man by my side, like he always is.
I do not know what I would do without him.
He gives me more strength and determination than I can even express.
After the race, the fed us an awesome and healthy lunch.
Pork Tacos and Beer.
I just stuck to the grape tomatoes.
My final time was
Which is just a few minutes faster than Salt Lake.
Not my goal, but I am still very proud of myself,
because I gave it my all.
I love that I have my husband to share these adventures with.
We have displayed our numbers, that are in sequence next to each other
so I can always look back and remember our awesome adventures.
Nice loot bad!
This is only the stuff we received after the race,
we also had a bunch of goodies they gave us the day before at registration.
4 hours later we were headed to the airport.
I was anxious to see the 3 ring circus,
but also very grateful for the past 4 days
Gabe and I had together.
I always tease Gabe that his eyes look shut in all our pictures,
I have decided to create a blog devoted just to my weight loss journey. I want it to include my struggles, how I overcome them as well as goals I have set forth for myself. I will also post pictures and recipes I have been making or even creating. I am excited to document my feelings on this new life. If anyone can find inspiration from it, all the better. I know there will be days I struggle and will want to look back on it to find the motivation I had, and I think this will be the perfect way to find it.....knowing that I have it in me!
What a difference a year makes! This is a picture of the Salt Lake City 5k my friend Melissa and I ran last April. The 5k took me 40:57. I was very proud of that time back then, as I knew it was my starting point. I have a hard time looking at that picture of me. In many ways, I don't think I look any different. In many ways, I feel sorry for that person, but also proud. That was a time in my life when I started to take charge and make the changes I have always wanted for more than half my life.
Here is a picture of me the day after I ran my first ever Half Marathon exactly one year later.
I finished the Half Marathon in 2:31:39. I was very proud of that time. Here is a link of the full event on our family blog that I posted my thoughts and feelings on the day.
I am still very proud, and kind of in disbelief that I did it. I ran another one just last weekend in Denver, and can't wait to register for more. I want to do at least one more before that year is over. I ran a 5k almost one year after my first one, and did it in 30:40. That is over 10 minutes faster than just a year ago. I really need to hold onto those starting points, because sometimes it is hard to believe I am accomplishing more right now.
I'm not perfect though....I have daily struggles. Not with wanting to eat bad, or be lazy. My struggles come from giving myself credit for what I have done, and trying to realize this journey was all about being healthy and active. As long as I am doing that, I will continue to be the person I want to be.