Sunday, April 26, 2009

1/2 Marathon

Well I did it! It was so FUN and so HARD! In the above picture this was about a quarter mile or so before the end. Ben ran out in the road and grabbed me yelling MOM! So I stopped to turn around to see Madi and Steve. You can see part of Ben's head next to my shoulder. Ben stayed with me (illegally) and ran the last bit to the finish line. Steve said he didn't even see me at first he just saw Ben running out there and then me. I was so excited to see the kids out there and for them to see me running. When I finally met up to Steve he was just smiling and gave me a high five.

After crossing the finish line Ben and I walked around trying to find Madi and Steve. When Steve saw us he snapped a picture. I just wanted a fresh water, to walk slow and to stretch my legs! Phew!

It was packed full pretty much the whole race. I thought it was amazing to see how many people want to do this. It was nicely organized at the start. There were 30 something corals and every 2 minutes a coral took off running so it went very smooth.


I may want to try another one of these things some day...but NEVER again in Nashville that's for sure. The hills were unreal! Rumor has it, it's one of the most hilliest marathons out there. The expected temps were 56 at the start and 65 at the finish. Yesterday at my finish it was 87 degrees! Plus there was some wind. Between my friend Susy and Jill who did the full marathon they agree about those hills and heat. And then while eating breakfast at our hotel this morning the dinning room full of runners and everyone was talking about how rough this race was. So if I ever do it again it will be somewhere flat...but I am still thrilled over my experience yesterday, great memories and stories.

19 comments:

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Congratulations!!! I am so happy you did it...what an accomplishment....you should be so proud of yourself!!

Lisa

Carrie said...

How cool good for you!

Our Complete Family said...

Way to go Jeni!!!
xo

Bonnie said...

Congratulations! That is so awesome. You should feel very, very proud!

Everyday Gourmet said...

You are so awesome! I am so glad that we were able to do Nashville together! Keep up the running Jeni. You have made such huge progress in such a short time. I love the pictures that Steve got. So cute!

Ross and Jill's Blog said...

Congrats Jeni!! It was nice to meet you! I am glad you had fun, in spite of the crazy hills and heat!

Amber M. said...

You have definite bragging rights, lady! Way to go!

Shannon said...

Congratulations!!! The pictures were great. You should be very proud!

Montee said...

Good for you! Great job! Nashville is really hilly. I would have to run somewhere like West Texas. Flat.

Rita said...

You should try the disney marathon in Jan.

rachel griffith said...

thanks for your sweet comment.
i would love to live close to quilty pals. that would rock.
:D

i'm sorry to be leaving a post on your blog, but your comment wasn't attached to an email account.

i'm from georgia.
what part are you in???
just curious.

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

I am so proud of you Jeni !!!!!!!!!!!! I would have come to support you if I had known. I only live an hour away! I AM SOOOO happy for you!

Sandy Toes said...

Wow...that is just wonderful and such an accomplishment! Way to go!
sandy toe

Brittany said...

Way to go! I admire you for doing that.

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Jeni~
I am so proud of you! It sounds like a lot of work, and you should be VERY proud of this! :)

Did you spoil yourself a little afterwards? Hope so! :) I hope you are having a great week so far!

Jo said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment ~ you must be so happy with yourself and your family so proud!

Jo

Joyce said...

Congratulations! Sounds like a hilly race so it was all that more satisfying to finish. I will let you know when the next luncheon is when posted. I live off of 75 (W. Paces) about 5 mins from the Galleria. We use to do the Bay to the Breakers race out in San Francisco and talk about hills!
Joyce

the dahle family said...

Congratulations on finishing the race especially given the crazy heat wave!

Susie said...

Awesome effort, Jeni!!
(a friend of Susy's in OH!)

~Susie