I can't express how thankful I am to my family and friends that supported me on this little adventure. Many people gave financially, but the support didn't end there! I had so many folks encourage me with words, advice, and cheers from afar. And then there's my husband. He actually trained alongside of me, but didn't participate due to the fact that someone had to watch those kids of ours. Hopefully we can both run next year! Steve, as always, was my biggest supporter, coach, and cheerleader. I couldn't have done this without him.
Now, for the stats--don't laugh if you're a real runner. I met my goal of maintaining a pace of 11:30 a mile. Next year I'm hoping to be in the 10 minute range. Hey, you have to start somewhere, right? People often ask me what I listen to while running. For race day, I listened to the end of The Hobbit and a Simple Mom podcast. Not what you were expecting, right? But I like escaping into books and podcasts--it helps me to forget about my aches and pains.
Finish: 2:27:27 -- Pace: 11:15 per mile
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|My girls Becky and Jess getting excited on race day!|
|My view at the start line. We were lined up at Venice Beach. It was cold as far as cold goes for southern California. but it made for perfect running weather.|
|Terrible pic--but this is mile marker 11. I was getting jazzed being so close to the finish line!|
|One of my views during the race. Please forgive how fuzzy these pictures are. I was running a half marathon for goodness sakes!|
|One of my views towards the end of the race.|
|And this was me, at the end of it all! Really, I was all smiles most of the day. Seriously, it was so much fun!|