The Experience


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Yesterday was my 1/2 marathon.  Right now, I'm really proud of myself.  There aren't many things I do for "me" and obviously I ran this for a good cause, but I also wanted to see if I could do this.  I feel good about my time (it's the TAG TIME) and although my percentages and such weren't at the top of my age group, I knew I had done my best.

Many people said, "You'll probably love it so much that you'll do it again."  I don't think I would say that about my experience.  I think I found it hard to focus because there were so many people around.

Mile 3 - I was feeling great.  I was running a steady 5.2 mph pace and felt really good.

Mile 6 - still strong and I couldn't wait to see my family at mile eight

Mile 8 - I felt good and encouraged to see familiar faces on the long journey.  I was more than half done!  I stopped for a little bit to say hi and take a few unflattering photos (which I will post later today, just for the sake of people wanting to see what one looks like after 9 miles)

Mile 9.5 - This is when my body started to feel like it was eating itself.  My hands swelled up to the point of looking like I had but surgical gloves over my hands and blown them up.  It freaked me out because I couldn't really move my hands and it was the first time since starting that I noticed this weird phenomenon.  (Come to find out later, this is normal for runners a lot of times) At this moment I really needed prayer, haha. because my face was swollen (water retention) and I just felt gnarly.  I got through it through and at that moment the wind picked up behind me and propelled me forward.  It sounds like a movie, but it seriously happened.  

Mile 10.5 - I walked about a quarter mile, if that to down some "shark gummies" for sugars and electrolytes, to stretch,  and then I was back at it.

Mile 12 - I felt tired, but invigorated.  This was it.  Only 1.2 miles to go!  The people at the end cheering and smiling were great and I even saw my family there (which out of the thousands of people was kind of a cool moment for me.)

I promise to post pics later today!  Thank you all for your encouragement, support and prayers. It definitely is something I can look back on and be proud of.

4 comments:

  1. Lisa that is so exciting! Good job, girl!

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  2. holy crap! 13 miles is so intense! congrats and you did an amazing job! didnt know you swell up like that either. i would have freaked hahah

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  3. congrats on doing it! it's a super big accomplishment and nice to check something off you "bucket list!" you should be really proud! you should definetly put up pictures soon!

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  4. Congrats again. By the way it was Coach Rutter that I saw. He said he ran the full marathon like 2 years ago.

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