Monday, October 17, 2011

Half Marathon? Check...

Before the race with Julie, one of my biggest
cheerleaders on this journey
Sometimes I wonder how I get myself into things... I've discovered that I am ridiculously goal oriented in the past couple of years... which can be a really good thing. But it can also create these weird situations where I find myself doing things I never would have imagined doing.

This past Saturday was a classic example. Because I ran a half marathon. And I NEVER thought that was something I'd ever do.

And the craziest thing about it - was that it wasn't really that hard. It just took the goal... and the training plan... and the determination to not completely embarrass myself... because once I told people I was planning to do it, suddenly I had friends signing up to do it with me... which meant I actually needed to be able to do it.

And so I did it. And I actually enjoyed it a teeny tiny bit.

Kevin, another Spokane friend who came
to Leavenworth to run the half
There's a pretty remarkable sense of accomplishment that goes along with it...
Wade, Julie's husband and
my 'coach' (who finished
the half marathon in 27th place!)
Still fresh - around mile 3.5

Focused... around mile 5.5

Julie gets a high-five from her son

Going in for the mile 7 kiss from Asia...
still feeling strong - more than halfway!!!

The autumn colors were SO beautiful on the course


Coming in for the finish...


DONE!!! 2 hours, 18 minutes!
So now I can say I've run a half marathon. (And no - you won't hear me saying I'm planning a full marathon...!)

5 comments:

  1. Great time... Way to go!

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  2. Look at those gorgeous calves! {insert catcall} ;)

    I am seriously so proud of you and excited for you. What an accomplishment!

    (I had to laugh at the part about you still being fresh at 3.5 miles since I've actually never run that far. :)

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  3. Congratulations Cathy! That is so inspiring! I wish I had your goal oriented mind! maybe one day!

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  4. Anonymous8:43 AM

    Good job!
    Kelly

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  5. Cathy!! So INCREDIBLY happy for you! Such an awesome accomplishment and a great time at that-- you go Mama!!

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