It’s 3 days later and I’m still smiling, thinking about the fact that we’re done with the half marathon. 🙂 The whole thing went from a great idea, to the worst idea ever, back to a great idea. Now that it’s over I can say I’m really happy we did it. Sure the training was not at all convenient when we were trying to make an out-of-state move, but in the end we survived and we did it without walking. Oh, and Chris wins husband of the year for going “wife-pace” when he probably could’ve finished at least 20 minutes sooner. I know it took all he had to calm his competitive instincts and wait on me. Just to give you an idea of how slow I am, I almost bought this shirt at the expo…
- GU is delicious. I know some runners refuse to take this gel-like substance around mile 10, but I wanted to ask for two! I seriously think I want to get some vanilla bean and chocolate avalanche to have in my pantry for dessert!
- Professional running gear does not make someone a professional runner. I was totally intimidated when we showed up to the race and everyone had cute little outfits and running belts with everything known to man strapped to them. Then there I was…Pi Phi intramurals t-shirt and not even an iPod because I forgot to charge it. Oh and Chris had on the free race shirt–another dead giveaway that we were amateurs. However, it didn’t take long to realize that half of the people decked out in expensive running gear were just like us, or maybe even less trained. Phew!
- Pi Phi shirts make you friends. Just as I suspected, I got a “go Pi Phi!” from the crowd around mile 11. Ring Ching!
- Toenails are overrated.
- It’s easy to tell who else ran in the race later that day. Let’s just say we weren’t the only ones hobbling around the riverwalk like senior citizens! My body is finally feeling back to normal today.
- People can run full marathons faster than I can run a half. The winner of the full beat my time by 15 minutes!!!
Well, that’s a about it I guess. Here’s our vacation/race weekend in pictures!
Somehow our tickets to the Texas Ranger Museum also got us into this weird Taxidermy Museum. It was…interesting…
He’s talented. He ran 13 miles in jeans and Sperry’s.
My main man Rick. He came out in the crowd and was literally on top of us. Lookin pretty good for 61…
Let’s get this show on the road…
If you’re considering running in any kind of race I would say do it. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment and it teaches you a lot of self-discipline. But for now I’m going to take a little hiatus from training and reintroduce myself to sitting on the couch and “walking” as an exercise!!!
congratulations! what a great thing to do together. taylor's acl is from an 18 year old cadaver, and it's torn for the third time, so my husband and i can barely walk together. sweett.
A Pay Pay says
I'm so proud of you guys!
I flaked after mile 10 of training, but it looks like I may be doing the Cowtown one in Feb. IF I can find some inner motivation 😉
GREAT GREAT JOB 🙂
Yay!! So proud of you guys! However, we cannot be friends if you eat GU for dessert. EW!!! And please don't bring that 2 headed cow back to H Town with you 🙂
So proud of you! Feeling inspired. 🙂