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Monday, November 19, 2012

I'm Only Half Crazy

This weekend was one for the record books.  Literally. It started off with us finishing painting the nursery and moving the furniture in, having family pics made, and my FIRST half marathon...

If you remember, I have been running in a race series and even though I missed the 10-miler, I still wanted to do the 1/2 marathon.  I didn't really broadcast that I was doing this race because I was nervous and not telling helped take some of the pressure off.  Like I said, this was my first half marathon.

It was a beautiful day for a run.  And I couldn't have imagined a better run.  For the first three miles, I couldn't feel my feet.  It was cold.  I powered through the numbness and I kept going.  Mile 8 felt like the forever mile.  Then when I got to Mile 11, it felt like my entire body was composed of cement blocks.  Miles 11 and 12 were basically uphill, but I kept going.

I finished with a time of 1:57:51.  I really wanted to be in around 2 hours, but I knew that getting it under 2:20 would be optimal.  I certainly surprised myself.
And as I crossed the finish line, Fred was there holding signs for me and cheering me on!
He actually made these himself!  My wonderful family, including Knox, was also there to cheer me on!
There were days that I thought this was a dream.  There were days when I didn't want to do this.  There were days when I hoped I wouldn't have to do this. Today was the day for my dream to come true.
I can't believe Half Marathon #1 is over.  Now on to the St. Jude 1/2 Marathon in 2 weeks! 

Official Stats
Race Time:  1:57:51
Average Pace:  9:00
Division Rank:  10
Overall:  224

23 comments:

Christina said...

Great job!! That's an awesome first 1/2 time :)

Melanie said...

YOU ARE SO FABULOUS! That is an amazing 1/2 marathon time. Congrats!! Good luck at your next one.

Kristen :) said...

You should be extra proud of yourself; what an excellent finish for your first half! I will look for you at the St. Jude!

Tamara @ Everything Happens said...

You simply amaze me at how far you've come this year! You go girl!

Melissa said...

Congrats on the half!

Our Family of Four said...

You go girl!! You should be so proud of yourself!!

Aly @ Analyze This said...

WOW!! A 9 minute mile?! That's awesome!! Congrats, Caroline!!! You're amazing :)

Carolyn said...

OMG! So proud of you!! :) I knew you could do it, and that time is amazing! GOOD WORK! Can't wait to see the family pictures and the nursery!!

Leigh said...

Congratulations again on your race! Pretty awesome time for your first half :)

Heather (Live.Love.Laugh.) said...

Great job!!

Neely said...

Great job friend! You are awesome!!

Christin said...

Congratulations!

Kate said...

Congrats! Great time!

Jessica said...

Wow girl!! You did amazing! Congrats!!

J and A said...

I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND PROUD!! Great time too! :)

Heather said...

You did AMAZING!!!

KelleeLyn said...

You are a BEAST!

Courtney said...

Congratulations!! What an awesome time, yay!

Andrea {blonde ambitions} said...

CONGRATULATIONS Caroline!!! I am so happy for you and what an amazing time you completed with too!!!

Jessica said...

Congrats!!! What a great time for your first half! All your hard work paid off!!!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

You are amazing!!! congrats! p.s. my mom is landing in Memphis today to spend some time with her parents (they are moving and she needs to help them out). Hope you guys have good weather for her! :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Wow! You totally rocked that! Congrats girl!

meghan said...

Congrats on your first half Caroline! Your time is awesome. And clearly you've got the bug as I saw on DailyMile your next one is coming up next weekend?! Yay!