On Saturday I ran in my first half marathon. I'm so thankful for the support from my fan club!
We had some intense sign making on Friday night with Poppy and the boys.
Poppy came prepared with a role of Tyvex that he and Darin attached to pvc pipes with duct tape.
The boys helped to color and decorate the sign. This was definitely not a whimpy sign!
Of course, it was top secret from me until I saw it along the course.
Me and my training team running buddies spotting my family
and the sign for the first time along the course.
One member of my bundled up fan club. It was 33 degrees! Brrr...
Isn't that an awesome sign? LOVE IT!!
After they saw me around mile 4.5, they quickly loaded up their stuff and walked
to mile 9 to cheer me on there. I loved watching for them along the course. It made me so happy!
Mile 9 - I saw them again and ran over to give high fives.
Darin jumped in the race and ran with me for a little while to see how I was feeling.
I love that he did that. Although, Luke was worried that he wouldn't come back. :) Of course he did.
This is about the time when my toes fell asleep!
I ran the next 4 miles having a hard time keeping up my previous pace. Who would have known it would be so hard to run without the feeling in your toes? Thank you Jesus for giving me the strength to push through and even finish with a pretty good time. It may sound silly to some, but I know Jesus was with me and I think He cares even about a running race. To Him be the glory!
I have to admit that around mile 11 I was pretty sure I'd never run another half marathon.
I was tired and sore, but then I crossed the finish line and was overcome with joyful emotion.
So thankful for my fan club (the cutest boys on the sidelines!), my parents coming all the way from NJ to cheer me on, for my good friend coming out to cheer me on from the sidelines with her kids, and for my new training team friends! Can't wait to sign up for the half marathon again next year!
*Special thanks to Grammy & Poppy for taking the photos so I can remember this special occasion.*