Hey, y’all! I kinda went MIA this week on accident. I ran the Lake Norman Half Marathon on Sunday, then my mom came on Monday and we’ve been cleaning machines this week! It feel so good to have a car full of stuff to donate and get out of here!
But back to the half marathon! I can’t believe I finished my 3rd half, really. I felt pumped in all my training, then a few days before, I wished I hadn’t signed up for it. I was nervous about the heat, running outside when I’ve been training on a treadmill and if I could even finish it. But, the time came and my neighbor Lindsay, who convinced me to do this, and I were off!
The race was a bit disorganized, but it was their first ever one, so I get it. We lined up the wrong way, then had to turn around, then started abruptly. I forgot to set my watch when we started, but I had crossed the line and had to go!
I should have run more outside than I did, but sometimes that mom life keeps you on the treadmill during naptime, ya know? The course was relatively flat, but the constant gradual hills were more than I was prepared for. And the heat. Lord have mercy. It was about 70 degrees and so freaking hot! I grabbed water at almost every station, I think. Around mile 9, I was seriously over it. This sweet girl was about in the same boat and we started running together. We pushed each other to keep going and it was great to have someone with me at that point!
Around mile 12, my boys were on the sidewalk and it was so great to see them. Cooper started running alongside me and it was such a great feeling. I knew then that I had to be a strong example for him and he ran with me all the way across the finish line.
I didn’t break a record of mine, but I did finish in 2:06, which is just 8 minutes off my personal best. I decided around mile 8 that my goal changed from breaking records to finishing without breaking myself! Hehe. I’m proud and feel so accomplished!
I love that the Lake Norman Half Marathon was right in my backyard. It was so close and the route was really pretty. If you had asked me on Sunday, I would have said that I would never do it again. But running is much like childbirth to me. You kinda forget the misery and agree to do it all over again! We’ll see what next year brings!
Rebekah Smith says
Awww I got all choked up about Cooper running with you. That is so sweet and such a great memory. Good job Momma!
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Aww, thanks! I know that memory will be a good one forever! I’ve never bought race photos, but I had to get these to capture the moment!