I’m still here and I my marathon is complete!!
How did I get so far away from blogging?!? While I love documenting my life, I was finding that it was better for me to be LIVING than to worry about documenting my runs, eats, etc. I love blogging, but when life gets busy (and these past couple of months have been BUSY), it gets put on the back burner! Here are some highlights:
The past two months were filled with lots of training, hard work, love, motivation, and time with family and friends! I finished up my 7th school year teaching (YAY!), AND I completed my marathon!
I am still basking in post-marathon glory!! The race was amazing!
My goal going into the race was to finish under 4:30, and I ended up finishing in 4:38. I was absolutely THRILLED with this time. Although the race was beautiful (through Pennypack Park), it was a difficult course…the weather was hot, there were some pretty substantial hills, and there was a 1.5 mile trail section that was killer! I read about the trail section, but was surprised at how “trail-y” it really was! On the first loop, it was fun to jump over tree stumps and splash through the mud; on the second loop (mile 20), it was so painful on my knees!! The other difficult part about the race was the lack of crowds. Seriously, there were NO crowds for the entire race! One of the things that is exciting about a race is having a crowd to cheer you on. So, this marathon required a lot of personal motivation and determination.
I was SO nervous in the days leading up to the race. I focused on mentally training myself for the marathon and making sure that I had the proper nutrition for the race (hello, carbs!).
The thing that I was most nervous about was running the race by myself, without my coach. I mentally rehearsed the race all week and was ready when I lined up at the start line to rock it!
The first half of the race was great. I cruised through the loop feeling good. I knew early on, however, that I was going to have to adjust my time goal for the weather. It got hot really quickly, and I focused on trying to make sure that I stayed hydrated and cool. I walked through each water stop and took 2 waters- one to drink, and one to pour on my head.
Beeker and I decided that I would signal to him how I felt at the half way mark. When I went through the turn around, I gave him the thumbs up that I felt great. I loved going through and seeing my family and friends cheering their hearts out for me!!
The second loop of the race was a lot more difficult than the first. I hurt my knee during the first trail section and was battling that pain between miles 14-20. Mostly, it was just hot. I saw the medical team rush out 2 or 3 times to pick up runners that were getting sick from the heat. Very scary. At one point I got a chill and realized that I was not sweating as much- not good. I stopped at an aide station and poured 3 cups of water on myself to cool off- it did the trick and I was able to keep running.
I took a gel gummy every 2 miles, so I broke the race up into 2 mile increments. Once I got to mile 20, I was golden. I knew I would finish and finish strong.
Miles 20-25 seemed so long, but when I was about a mile away from the finish, I started to get really excited. When I turned the corner and saw the finish line, I turned off my music so that I could hear the crowd. Well, my family and friends saw me before I could see them and I could hear them screaming and calling my name. Words cannot express how HAPPY and GRATEFUL I was to see them and to have them all there to cheer me on- I felt so loved! My cheering section included: Beeker, my mom, Dawn, Juliet, Kristianna, Holly, Alyssa, Annmarie, Kate, Mark, Pam, Casey, Kenzie, and Scarlett!!! Thank you to everyone that supported me and for all those that came out to watch me finish- it really meant the world to me! <3
I love my pictures from the finish line, because I am smiling so BIG. I was so so so happy.
I went into this race repeating my mantra, “I can do ALL THINGS through CHRIST who strengthens me.” I am praising Him for strengthening me during my race. Hallelujah!
I am SO happy that I decided to run this race. It did exactly what I wanted it to: gave me something to focus on during my wait and helped me to feel strong and confident. I am excited to run a fall marathon…I really think that I could run FAST on a cool day with lots of crowd support! We will see ;)
For right now, I am continuing to run my mile a day (even the day after the marathon- hello, sore legs), while enjoying summer with family and friends, and looking forward to so many things.
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of BABY MOLLY, who is due today!!! I cannot wait to snuggle our best friends’ baby girl!! I am so proud of Kate and Mark- they are such fabulous parents already. So blessed to be able to walk through all of life’s journeys with such wonderful friends!
This week, Beeker and I are taking part in the “Living Below the Line” challenge. We are blogging about our experience on our site, www.run2ourbaby.com. Check it out! We are in day 2 of our challenge, and the Lord is already moving our hearts in more ways than we could have imagined.
Next week we are going down the shore with our family for the week, YAY!
The following week, Beeker and I are going to West Virginia on a Mission Trip with our church. We will be leaving on our 7 year anniversary…7 years! :)
All along the way, we are PRAYING for our phone to ring- waiting for the call that will change our lives. Through it all we are TRUSTING in the Lord’s perfect plan while being OVERWHELMED by His strength and power.
I am sure I will have a lot to write about in the coming months….