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Monday, September 24, 2012

Half Marathon FINISHED!!

Yesterday I ran my first Half Marathon!! It was the Nashville Women's Half.
I had SO MUCH FUN!! It was really an awesome experience!
My honey and boys came with me, and we all went down Friday night.
We stopped at the Expo, and I got my goodie bags. I got 2 of them because a year ago I won a free registration to the 5k! So, although I wasn't running the 5k, I still was able to get the bag for it.
Saturday was also my stepson Jonah's, 13th birthday! So he chose to go to Logan's Steakhouse for dinner Friday night. That boy can sure put away a steak! All of the waitresses and waiter's came over and sang to him, and our waitress also told the whole restaurant that I was running a half marathon the next day!

We went back to our hotel, and I laid out everything I would need for the next morning.
Then I was in bed by 10! I woke up every single hour though, I was SO worried my alarm wouldn't go off! I finally woke up at 4:30, and didn't bother going back to sleep.
 My honey took me to the drop off at 6, and I kissed him goodbye and went and joined all the other women.
I had about an hour before race time started, so I just walked around, went to the bathroom a couple times, had someone take a picture of me...
Standing around with everyone else...
Finally it was TIME!
I decided to join a pace group of 2:30. My last long run was 13 miles, and I finished in 2:45. So I was hoping I could do this race in 2:30.
I stayed right with him for 4 miles, no problem. And then I'm not sure what happened, I think it may have been a water stop that I walked through, but suddenly he was GONE! And I didn't see him again the rest of the race! I was really disappointed about that. :(
 Honestly, I felt so good! There were a few hills, I ran some and walked some of them.
Loved seeing this!!


The scenery was beautiful! 



My time at this point was where I expected it to be, but still, I was hoping it would be better!

There was a GU stop at mile 8, so I had some chocolate GU for the first time ever. It was disgusting! But it was 100 calories of pure energy, and I needed it!
I think around mile 10, I started getting tired. That's when I had to start talking to myself. I said I've done this before, I can do it again. This is what I've been training for! I knew I could do it!! No stopping now!
There were a lot of Gatorade and water stops, so that was really nice. I decided not to bring my handheld water bottle, because I knew that.
2 more miles!! Still feeling good!


About mile 12.5, I see my honey and my boys! I was so excited!! It's amazing how seeing them, really gave me that extra energy to give it my all to the finish line!
I see the finish line!


I finished in 2:43. Slower than I had hoped for, but I know next time I'll do better!
I was looking at the marathon photos online, and they took one of me crossing the finish line. I had this big, goofy grin on my face! I wanted to purchase it, but it cost $30!!! Just to download the image!! That is such a ripoff!! So, I can't do that, but my honey took some, after it was over. 

My honey. The most amazing, supportive loving person ever!

My precious boys!
I had a wonderful time!! I thought I would be bawling my eyes out at the finish line, but I didn't even shed a tear! I was just SO ecstatic!! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could run a half marathon! When I signed up, 6 months ago, I could barely do a 5k! I remember thinking I must be crazy to have signed up for a half, because there's no way I can do 10 more miles on top of this 5k!
 But that just proves that you can do ANYTHING! If you train, and are serious and motivated, nothing is impossible! I will never again be the overweight, non exercising person that I used to be!
 Next up...a triathlon next year, with Christie, and POSSIBLY a full marathon! (Which right now seems impossible!)
 Oh, and I finally got to put my sticker on my truck, thanks, Christie!! 












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  1. Way to go! This has me excited for my first 5K in 3 weeks! So proud of you!

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    1. Thanks, Samantha! Good luck on your first 5k! I remember my first one, that's one you'll never forget!

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  2. Congratulations!! That is so amazing! I am thrilled for you!!

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  3. Wow! Very inspirational! I also am on a goal to shed 50lbs and run a half next year. Seems impossible now, but I know I can get there...thanks for the inspiration! I look forward to reading more of your journey! ;-)

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    1. You can definitely do it! Make sure you follow a training plan, that REALLY helped me!

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  4. Woohoo!!!! This one's in the books! Awesome recap and loved all your pics :-) And you absolutely are going to do a full!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Jen! I thought about you as I was running. I thought if Jen can do a FULL, I can do this half! Lol!

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  5. This is so inspiring! Put me in such high spirits this Monday! CONGRATULATIONS KATIE!! You rocked it woman!!! You look so happy in the photos- and your family is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much, girl! Glad I could make your Monday a little better! And you will rock that 5k too!!

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  6. I just found your blog a few days ago and I read the entire six months worth. I am SO happy for you and I smiled so big for you as I read through this post. YOU GO GIRL! And ps. i know a couple posts ago you said you still looked bigger than you'd like, but you look AMAZING! Keep it up!! :)

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    1. Wow, thank you, Lauren!
      I do still have more weight I'd like to lose, but I know I'll get there! It's comments like yours that keep me going! :)

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  7. Congratulations! I'm so glad you enjoyed your first half-marathon, it is an amazing experience :)

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  8. WOOOOO!! HAPPY DANCE! Way to go Katie! I have to admit I have been checking your blog every couple a every day (okay, more like every couple of hours!! :)) for this half marathon post!!
    You are amazing- way to stick to train hard, run hard and WIN hard! Keep up the awesome running!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! It is so worth it, and SO much fun!

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  9. Cpngrats!! Can't wait to put that sticker on my car:)

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    1. Thank you! You don't have much longer either!!

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  10. Congrats!! Looks like u had beautiful weather for a race!! Good job!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! The weather was perfect!! Couldn't have asked for better.

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  11. Congrats girl!! It looks like they changed the course from when I ran it! I'm so excited for you! Great job!!

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    1. Thank you! They did change it, it's supposedly flatter now. But there were still quite a few hills! But it wasn't too bad at all. Thanks, Brittany!

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  12. Congratulations!!! I checked a couple times earlier this week for your post, but then had connection problems..so happy to read your recap! I am totally carrying my phone this weekend, I'm inspired by your great photos! I've decided to work on speed too, after this weekend's half. I'm going to use Run Like a Mother's 5K Own It training plan. I saw a good improvement with my speed just from the little speed work I did in my half marathon training plan, so I'm hoping to shave even more off my 5K time, since those are the bulk of my races.

    Also...totally intrigued as to how you'll attack the triathalon. I keep picturing myself doing Iron Girl next year, and there's a decent sized sprint distance tri near me next spring as well...and I don't swim very well (I won't drown...but I don't know if I will move very far!) and I don't own a bike anymore....

    Awesome job on your half! So happy for you!!!

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    1. Thank you, Jess! I'm going to keep watching your blog for a recap of your race this weekend! Can't wait to hear about it!
      I think an Iron Girl would be so much fun!! I'd be terrified, but would love to do it! Swimming is my problem too. Like you said, I wouldn't drown, but I'm definitely not good at it. I'd have to get a bike too.
      I totally think you could do it though!!

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