Saturday, August 1, 2009

My First 1/2 Marathon

Today at 7:30am I ran my first 1/2 Marathon. It was awesome. I ran the first 10 miles with ease. Even the killer hill wasn't nearly as bad as I anticipated. My prayers were answered ad I did not have to run in killer heat. In fact the first little bit it was totally foggy and breezy. I loved it. The last 3 miles I really started to struggle. My legs started feeling heavier and heavier and it was starting to get HOT! (The heat made it really hard for me to get a good breath. ) I perked up when I saw the finish line. And started booking it even more when I heard Eric whistle. I heard him whistle before I could see him. I couldn't wait to see him and the kids at the finish line.

My friends Misty and Shauna showed up at the finish line to support me. They are so awesome. And then they took me to lunch for my birthday and celebrate. I had so much fun getting out and spending time with the girls.

Here are some pics from the event:


Just around the bend from the finish line. At this point I could here Eric's whistle and started to book it.





Trying to make it in less than 2 1/2 hours!! Look at that serious face!!!




A couple of Marathon Maniacs. That is what the sign says behind us at the finsh line!!




My good friends Misty and Shauna- there to support me!! What awesome friends. And then they treated me to a wonderful lunch afterwards for my birthday.




Giving Eric a smooche at the finish line. I couldn't wait to see him. It made me feel so special having him there supporting me. He has been my biggest support through all of this.



A picture of me and the boys. I heard Blake say at the finish line. "My mom wins!!"
I loved having them there.



The crew. Both Annalisa and my families there to support us. Aren't families wonderful!! It is kind of like life. This life is a tesst. It may be hard and trying, but in the end we do our best so that we can be with our families forever. Knowing my family was there at the end, cheering me on is what kept me going.

15 comments:

Billykidd said...

what great pictures!! love the one of you and your boys. what an amazing accomplishment! you're awesome. what a great birthday! :)

Mark and Jennifer said...

That's so amazing! I got a little emotional hearing you talk about it - about hearing Eric whistle and the boys being there and so proud of their mom. Great job!!

The Brady Bunch said...

That is absolutely amazing...you are a true inspiration! And what a great analogy of life and forever families...AWESOME!

The Stringham 4 said...

What an accomplishment! Congrats and happy birthday.

Jaime said...

Way to go! That is awesome. I love all the pictures, especially you and Eric smooching. Cute!

jjstringham said...

Congratulations! You're awesome!

theamazingjohnsons said...

I'm so proud of you guys! You worked so hard to be able to do that. Good job!

RP said...

Maria, that's awesome! Congratulations for finishing (and just doing) a half marathon! I've been talking about doing something like that for years and still haven't done it. You're some great inspiration! Happy Birthday!

BonnieKaye said...

You're awesome! I am so proud of you.

nea and rusty said...

awesome maria! what a great accomplishment! so proud of you, girl.

Park Family said...

You are so awesome and you finished under 2 1/2 hrs. That's even more awesome! I think that is a big accomplishment! WOW!!!! Good pics.

The J's said...

I noticed how you titled this your FIRST 1/2 marathon... does that mean we can expect ot hear about more later?!? BTW... Your hubby rocks!!!!!

The Dillon 6 said...

I had no idea you were even training! Some blog-stalker-sister's-friend I turned out to be.

CONGRATULATIONS! I can't even fathom running that far. I can't even fathom running to Becca's house...

WalterFamily said...

Hip Hip Hurray! I wish we could have been there to cheer you on too! Love you!

roydenpauline said...

You are my hero Maria. You are the best. Love ya Mom (Pauline)