13.1 and Done!

Disclaimer: This is a long and totally self-centered post. Sorry.

Packet

Saturday’s packet pick up was the beginning of the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I was pretty sure I was going to puke just thinking about running 13.1 miles the next morning. Mr. Gray did his best to pump me up, and the majority of me knew I was ready and would be fine. We were off to see Aunt Cookie for the evening, so that was a good distraction. 

On our way home, the encouraging texts started. Have I mentioned I have the best friends and family? 

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We ate a late dinner and headed to bed plenty early. I did the math over and over to make sure my goal time was attainable. I even wrote it in the fog on the shower door. I was determined to come in under 2:45. I didn’t sleep well; I was nervous and antsy all night. I woke up right on time, though. We were out the door! 

Get Goin'

I did a stretch or two (I usually just run cold) and headed to the start line. My training pace had been about 12:30 (I never claimed to be fast), so I situated myself near the back of the starting line. 

Right out of the gate, God sent me a pace-coach of a gift named Nicole. Yep. Totally a God thing. Our strides synced, we shared stories and helped each other pass the time. It was the craziest thing. She didn’t have a goal time, but she was more than helpful in helping me achieve mine. 

Mr. Gray and Baby Gray were at the bottom of the last hill when Nicole and I topped it. 

First Shot

Running In

Running In

J, Mal, and Ella Bella were around the corner at the finish. 

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Ella Bella

We turned the final corner and crossed the finish line just shy of 2:33! I started my arm coach as I crossed the starting line since I was to the back, but I forgot to stop it. Oops! Regardless, I came in under my goal time! Yay! I also kept my two standing goals: no walking and no finishing last!

Finish!

Finish!

Finished!

Somehow I didn’t notice my arm vibrating like crazy, but I was met with tons more texts filled with encouragement once I checked my phone. 

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Mr. Gray got lots of great photos of me stretching and looking super brain dead; while they’re not too lovely, they pretty much captured the moments following the race. 

Stretching

Dazed

Once I got it together, all I knew was that I wanted to eat, and that Mal didn’t make that sign by herself (have you seen her handwriting?).

Mal

I don’t normally like Cracker Barrel, but it was close and the wait wasn’t too long, so it worked for me. I loaded up on a ginormous plate of food before we headed home. 

I did a quick survey for battle wounds, but all I could find was a couple of black toes. 

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I’ll take it! 

I felt pretty good when I got up this morning, but just to be sure I headed for a massage to ward off the second-day soreness that might wreak havoc on my Tuesday.

Then just to be sure I completed the whole half-marathon process, I donned the highlighter green Moe’s Better Half Marathon shirt today. Yep. I’m that girl. 

Shirt

Will I run another one? I don’t know. I’m super impressed with myself after yesterday, though. I’d hate to ruin that.

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