Whew…. what a feeling!!
The day started out bright and early, I stayed the night at my sisters house (all the kids stayed at my house) and we were able to get a good night sleep and an early start without having to do the Kiddie shuffle….
We had to park about 3 miles from the start line and take a shuttle over- there were ALOT of people there! But we made it and were off and running!
I had doubled up on shirts, short sleeve with a long sleeve over it because it was COLD!!! So at about mile 2.5 I was warm and I took off my long sleeve shirt and tied it around my waist. At mile 3 ish I realized the dates I had in the little pocket on my water bottle were GONE!! Oh NOOOOOOOOOO, not my dates!! I think they fell out when I was doing my presto change-O while running…. my plan was to eat a couple of them at the half way mark.
I felt best from mile 3 to mile 9, I found a good rhythm and held a good pace and was feeling really good. At mile 8 we turned back onto Pacific Coast Hwy and ran the last 5 miles along the coast. It was a beautiful day, blue skies and cool air. The sun was in our eyes at this point but it was an awesome way to finish the race. Mile 9 is where I started to feel the blister forming on my 2nd toe on my right foot. By mile 11 it was getting really big and I could feel it squish with every step. I kept wondering if it would pop and offer some relief or major pain but I kept putting one foot in front of the other and was never happier to see a finish line in my life!!!
I had my nephews Flip video camera with me and made this video… I apologize for the un-steady hand but I wasn’t about to stop and video along the way so I did it while running… the quality isn’t great after I transferred to Youtube but at least you can see how much fun I was having!!
and look at the adorable finisher medal we got!
I couldn’t be happier with the whole experience!!! It was an awesome first Half Marathon! I was pretty sore for the rest of the day and am a bit better today but still sore. We are already making plans to do another one, probably in the fall!!
Thank you all for showing me soooo much support and love!! I had every one of you in my mind along that course and just knowing that you were all cheering me on was enough to keep me going…every step of the way!!