Yep 13.1 miles!!!!! I woke up Saturday morning around 530am and felt just plain awful. My throat was killing me and my noise was running non-stop. BUT I was determined it wasn't going to stop me from running the half marathon. We left the house along with our friend Baylis around 6...Actually Baylis is the one who talked me into running this race. We both signed up and trained on our own...We never ran a day together in our life! Before the race started, we both said if one of our paces was too slow for the other person, to keep going! BUT it was really neat because we ran together the whole way! It was such a BIG encouragement knowing Baylis was there...It was actually kind of ironic because Baylis was not only my support through the race but also when Kaz and I lived in DC. Her and her husband Darrell lived there as well. We were both homesick and wanted so badly to move back to sunny SC! We ended up moving back within a month of each other:) It was really neat for both of us to experience our first half marathon together! We kept a pretty consistent pace of 11 minute miles and never stopped running! It was COLD, COLD, COLD, COLD!
It was actually a lot harder than I thought....Around mile 7 my energy level just went downhill! These jellybeans saved me! Orange Jelly Belly Sports Jelly Beans! Within minutes, I could tell a difference in my energy level so I ate a few more around mile 9. By far, the last mile was the hardest for me. I felt like we would never make it to the finish line! BUT we did! Kaz also ran the half but finished a good 45 minutes before us. It was really neat to see him, my parents, and Darrell[Baylis's husband] at the finish line to cheer us on. Below are a few pictures they got!
Running the race felt incredible BUT unfortunately I did get sick after:( It's ok though!! I'm so thankful for Baylis asking me to run the race and encouraging me the whole way. I'm thankful for my parents who came down for the weekend just to watch...and I'm thankful for Kaz pushing me everyday to keep running no matter if I wanted too or NOT!
Now, I have a little 2 week "simi break" before I start training again for the race in March....