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Race Recap ~ St Pete Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon 2013

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What. A. Day. After getting up at 3:45 yesterday and heading out the door at 5am, finding parking in downtown St. Pete and walking a good mile or so to Tropicana Field, and then running a great race, it was just an all around great day.

My friend Corinna started with me. It was her first half-marathon and she did amazing. It was fun to start with her and then to see her at the finish line waiting on me. Great job Corinna!

I ran a lot in this race. You can see it in my splits from my Garmin. The first 8 miles were amazing for me, I was on a roll (no pun intended) and I would run and walk pretty consistently. My pace ranged from 12:20 – 13:33. For 8 miles, this is awesome for me. When I hit mile 8, my right calf starting cramping up and it hurt to run. This is where I ended up doing more walking than running.

 

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It was my goal to beat last year’s time of 3:11:33. That’s what I wanted. Even more amazing would have been to beat 3:00 hours. Had I not had to slow down to a walk in the last 3-4 miles, it would have happened. BUT!!! I did beat last year’s time, by a little over 8 minutes. HUGE!! This set a new PR for me. Here are my official stats from the race. Did I mention how proud I am of myself?And…. I burned 1460 calories and earned 35 WW activity points.

And… this half marathon time beat my second half marathon (Women’s Half Marathon) by a little over 25 minutes.

 

Here are my official Rock N’ Roll results…

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I will say that when I first finished I was kicking myself for not finishing just 3 minutes sooner, but I quickly decided that I ran my best and I rocked it!

I was happy to finish, happy to beat last year’s time and set a new PR(!!!), and happy to have completed my THIRD half marathon. When I did my very first half marathon last February, I never imagined I would still be doing them a year later. The Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon will always hold a special place in my heart since it was my very first and once again, I can’t wait to do it again next year. Completing this race today puts me at 3 done for my #10in2013 challenge I set for myself!

When I crossed the finish line, I heard my name… It was my friend Caroline from My Fascinating Life. She was volunteering and handing out water. Thank you Caroline for the ice cold bottle of water!!!

One thing about yesterday… It was HOT. It was 64 degrees at the start of the race and when the sun came up and broke through the clouds, it really warmed up, it had to be close to 80 when I finished. I am surprised I did so well in the heat since I love to run in the cold much better. I am very glad that I wore my new tank top, it was comfortable.

This year, I am not nearly as sore as after my first one. Don’t get me wrong, my legs are sore, and my calf hurts, and I still took ibuprofen and soaked in a hot Epsom salt bath when I got home. But last year I couldn’t even walk after. Huge difference this year.

After the race, and the llooooonngg walk back to the car in the parking garage, we went to Hooters in Clearwater for a celebratory lunch. My wonderful family joined us (my mom, Nick, Jenna, and Autumn), as well as our friend Rachel. Thank you to everyone who came out for lunch. It was a fun time as always!

Hubby did the Mini Marathon 5K today, setting a new PR for himself as well. He finished in 36:59, which is 1:26 better than the first timed 5K he did last week at the Best Damn Race. Congrats, honey! I’m proud of you! Thank you for catching up to me afterwards and taking photos of my at mile 8/9 and at the finish.

Time for all the great pictures from yesterday. You knew there would be pictures, right?

 

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So, did I enjoy my third half marathon as much as my first and second. ABSOLUTELY. I think it’s safe to say that I am hooked. Next half marathon is in April!

 

How may half marathons have you done? What was your favorite one? If you haven’t run a half marathon, do you think you ever will?

Favorite posts of 2012

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happy new year 2013

 

 

As 2012 comes to an end tonight and we welcome 2013, I am thinking about this year and all the things I accomplished. 2012 has definitely been the year of stepping outside of my comfort zone. I’ve done so many things that I normally would not do. I hope that I continue to face my fears head-on in 2013.

To finish out the year, I thought I’d do a list of my favorite posts of the year. This was really tough to narrow down and I’m probably forgetting something, but these posts meant the most to me. From completing not one but TWO half-marathons, meeting the wonderful women of Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers, my first blog conference, becoming Yelp Elite, starting Jingle Bikes For Kids, wonderful family time, along with several struggles I faced - it’s been a memorable year.  I hope you enjoy this look back with me…

 

 

I love my blog and I really look forward to continuing to blog in 2013 and to see how it grows. I would like to thank each and every one of you for following and showing interest in my babbling. It helps to keep me sane.

Wishing you all a SAFE and Happy New Year!!

Thankful Thursday

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What I am thankful for today…

 

My hubby…. I am such a lucky girl to have him in my world. He loves and adores me and stands beside me as we make our way through this world, no matter how hard or easy it may seem at any given time. I don’t know how I got so lucky to find him but I would be absolutely lost without him.

 

A roof over our head…. This month marks 9 years in our home and there are times it still feels like we just moved in. It’s not the perfect house and we have a list a mile long of things we want to do, and realistically may never get to do, but it’s our home. When we’re home at night, curled up on our comfy couch watching TV, with Blue and Ozzie snuggling with us, there’s no place I’d rather be.

 

Family… I have an amazing support system in all that I do and I am fortunate to have family behind me. You know who you are and I love you all.

 

My health…. Sure, I have a love/hate relationship with my body and I have aches and pains that sometimes seem too much to bear, but I am so very lucky to be healthy. (***knock on wood***)

 

My friends…. Old friends, new friends, and in between – you all bring something special to my life.

 

My mommy…. I’m 40 years old and yes, I still call her Mommy. Somehow she endures working with me and seeing me 5 out of 7 days a week, sometimes even more. She is one of my biggest supporters. She is more than my mom, she is my friend.

 

My mom’s health…. After quite the scare earlier this year, my mom is thankfully cancer-free after surgery.

 

38 years worth of memories of my dad…. I am so blessed that nothing was left unsaid and he knew how much I loved (love) him. All the memories over the years have more meaning now since his passing and there are days when I remember something that I had put away in the way-back of my memory bank. It’s amazing how memories can come rushing back. I am so thankful to have those memories that are all mine.

 

My two crazy dogs…. Yes, there are days that Blue and Ozzie test every bit of patience I have and I swear they will be the death of me, but I love them and can’t imagine not having them here to drive me nuts. I love snuggling with them and taking them for rides and showing them off to everyone who thinks they are the coolest dogs ever. They are our babies.

 

Sunsets, beaches, and the beautiful area we live in…. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day stuff but all it takes is a walk or run at the park or beach, or a drive along the gulf, or an evening out for a sunset and I am quickly reminded how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful state.

 

What are you thankful for today?

Happiness Is…

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I am not happy that I’ve missed the last 2 days of blogging, but we had a bit of craziness. So, time to move on and start with today. Being Saturday, I’d like to do a Happiness Is post. :-)

 

Happiness Is…

 

  • Starting the weekend with a 3 mile walk with hubby at the park after work on Friday. We ignored the clouds and threat of rain and went anyway. No rain and a nice breeze made for a very nice walk.

 

  • Meeting a fabulous friend for a 4 mile walk this morning on beautiful Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa. We hadn’t seen each other for almost 2 months so it was great to catch up AND be active at the same time. A trip to Starbucks topped it off.

 

  • Knowing that my snuggle boy Blue is getting the care he needs at the vet. I hate that he has to stay there, the house is WAY to quiet without him, and I miss him but I know he is exactly where he needs to be for now.

 

  • Having time today to upload pictures to finish my dad’s scrapbook that I started for him years ago. I will work on the book tomorrow and while I will not be happy about finishing it and bringing it to a close, it will make me happy to know that SO much love and emotion went into it. Since starting it, it’s been a very special book to make.

 

  • Having so many ideas for my blog and knowing it’s all mine to do what I want with. :-)

 

  • Knowing that this week I’ve walked 11 miles. This is FANTASTIC given the last few weeks I’ve had.

 

What are you happy about today? Happy Saturday!

My first half-marathon!

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Today was a very a special day. I will remember it for a very long time. Back on December 29, 2011, I registered for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in St. Petersburg. I was determined to do it. I walked and ran in preparation. I expected to walk most of it and run what I could.

This past week was full of anticipation. It was all I could think about. After I picked up my bib, shirt, and swag bag on Friday – I couldn’t contain my excitement any longer. This was the weekend I would finally become a half-marathoner. All day yesterday, I wanted the day to pass quickly so I could go to sleep and wake up this morning. Like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting oh-so impatiently for Christmas Day.

The alarm went off at 4am this morning and I was ready to go. I showered, dressed, ate a good breakfast, got my stuff together, and we were out the door at 5:20am to beat the traffic to Tropicana Field in St. Pete. The only thing I was worried about was the weather. IT. WAS. FREEZING. With the wind chill it felt like it was in the 30′s and it was windy. I was shivering all the way to my bones. I started out in 2 shirts, a jacket, and gloves.

Finally it was time. The first corral started at 7:30. I was in Corral 12 based on what I thought my finishing time would be. We had to finish in 4 hours and I projected 3:25. We started at 7:46:23 am. Within the first mile, I could not contain myself and I started running. I ran off an on through the whole race. I wasn’t running to beat others or to finish by a certain time. I was just running because I could and because I was on an adrenaline high. This was the farthest mileage I’d ever put in where I was running a good portion of it. I’m not a fast runner, but I run.

Hubby received texts on his phone as I crossed certain points: 5k, 10k, 10 mile, and finish. I saw him three times during my run – right at the start,  the 5k mark, and at the finish line. He took some great photos for me.

There were bands and music throughout and lots of wonderful people cheering us on, handing out water and Gatorade. It all kept me going.

By the 5k mark, I was ready to take my jacket off, as I had finally warmed up. The gloves would stay on the rest of the way.

At about the halfway point, I realized that I was really going to do this. I was going to finish this and finish it good. For me. It was very emotional experience. I cried many times during for many reasons…. This was a HUGE thing for me, it was HARD, and I was so proud of myself for taking it on, and riding out the determination of doing it as the weeks passed leading up to it. I didn’t let my insecurities get in the way or focus on all the what-ifs, and my downfalls. I cried from the sheer beauty of the route, especially as we ran along the water. I cried because I knew there would be so many people who would be proud of me for accomplishing this. And I cried because I wished more than anything Daddy was here to hear all about it, to tell me how proud he was of me.

When I hit the 10-mile mark, it felt SO close. Never had 3.11 miles felt so far or so close all at once. When the route was closest to the finish line and I could here the music and people cheering, it made me want to push myself farther and harder. When I rounded the last corner in mile 12 and saw the 13 mile mark and the finish line just past that, I was in tears again. I was so close to finishing, so close to completing this goal I had set for myself.

I saw hubby just before the finish line and that made me cry more. He was there for me as he always is. He supports me and I love him dearly for it.

Crossing over the finish line was a blur. My official finish time was 3:11:33, coming in 6503 out of 7006. I was handed a medal, given a blanket, a bottle of water, and a banana. My picture was taken with my medal on. It was then that I realized I had not stopped my watch. I texted hubby to tell him I was waiting in the family area and waited. When I finally saw him, I was so excited. And then, I saw my mom and Jenna! What a surprise that was. I had just texted my mom to tell her I had finished. I had no clue they were there, even though I found out afterwards that they were standing right by hubby at the finish line. Me and my tunnel vision…

Again I was crying, overwhelmed at finishing, seeing hubby, and seeing my mom and Jenna. they had balloons, and were so proud of me. It was a moment I will not forget.

The day could not have gone more perfect. I started the race with my good friend Terrie, knowing that she was doing it in honor of two very special people as part of Team In Training. I ended the race, feeling extremely proud and strong and loved. And I was so excited to hug Terrie and enjoy the moment with her, knowing we both finished. We did it.

The afternoon was topped off perfectly with a great lunch, with Nick and Autumn joining us. I am exhausted and sore beyond belief, but it is still a wonderful thing. And tomorrow, the 13.1 decal will go on my car. Finally.

Terrie and I in the freezing cold this morning. Brrrr!

Starting line!

At the 5K mark.

A beautiful day for a half-marathon.

What a view!

Approaching the finish line - determined!

So excited to see everyone!

Love!!

Feeling very accomplished! Terrie and I did it!!

A well-deserved beer at the end!

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