Michelle flew in from California just to run with us and Mike & Brenna were so sweet to have all of us and our families to their house for a pasta party the night before. Even though she couldn't run she still wanted to cheer us on. Then, yesterday morning at 6:45 the remaining 3 of us set off for Schnepf Farms and London's Run.This is after the 13.1 miles. I can assure you that we looked like super models before we started.
We started off just talking and getting passed by everyone until about mile 4 where Rickie whispered, "We're finally passing people!" By mile 6 everyone was done talking and Rickie and Michelle turned on their music, but I actually like just thinking to myself for awhile, so I focused on trying to pass people. The course is on a farm and it had rained the day before, the ground was muddy making the path really thin at some points. Somewhere around mile 7 and 8 and trying to jut in and out in between people I lost Rickie and Michelle and ended up running my own race. I didn't even turn on my ipod until mile 10 because I was feeling really great, but around mile 11 I started feeling it. By mile 12 I was ready to be done. That last mile went on forevvvver. I probably should have pushed myself a little more, but I was OVER IT! I did manage to sprint to the finish and my official times was 1:57.04, so just under 9 minute miles. I was really happy with it being my first half marathon and all.
The sad part was. . . my family missed my finish. They were planning on heading over to the finish line at 2 hours flat. Dustin did manage to get Michelle at the end of her run.
They even had flowers and a poster for me :( Oh well, it's the thought that counts.
London's Run is a fantastic race because it pretty low key and family oriented. While we were running our husbands brought the kids down for a big pancake breakfast and took them around to all the attractions. There are bouncy housesbull rides, animals to pet, slidescrafts (Nate and Daven with their awesome "man bracelets")face painting, raffles, a helicopter and a whole lot of people you knew from way back when. I ran into two friends from college (Brooke and Sandra) and an old neighbor (Amy) who all ran the half and then two of my girl friends (Sarah and Meredith) both ran the 10K.I'm so proud of Meredith who had never run more than a mile in her life until November!
I'm so grateful to have such an amazing support system to go through this with. Dustin never complained when I took off forever on a Saturday morning and helped me on my quest for the comfiest shoes and socks and the music I liked running to the best. He even lugged 4 kids down to cheer me on. Even this guy: And of course the best girlfriends who spent every Saturday with me and hours on the treadmill because of me. There is no way I would have done this without those people by my side. I love you guys!!
Up next. . . ?? Any suggestions? It will feel weird to go to the gym on Monday with no real goal.