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My Half Marathon Weekend Recap

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My zooma half marathon number

As usual, I don’t even know where to begin. The weekend started with my parents driving down from PA Friday night. This was the first time my Mom had a chance to see me race and I was real excited to spend the weekend with my parents.

Friday night we took it easy. Enjoying some pizza and sipping on pina coladas I made with a new product I’m reviewing. I can’t wait to share this one with ya. SO tasty and easy to make. I hope to have a video review up this week.

Anyway, we had fun. Saturday I took my parents by the new home site to show them where the house will be built and we had lunch at a local Bar and Grill before getting on the road to Annapolis.

Once we got there and checked in we walked around the mall by our hotel and ate at an Ausin Grill where I might have gotten the best vegetable burrito eva! Seriously it was that good. Did I eat a bit too many tortilla chips? yup. Did I have ice cream afterwards? yup. Do I feel guilty? nope.

After dinner the husbands were nice enough to take the kids. Oh… yeah did I mention the kids?

the kids

That’s the toddler with the cousin. :) How cute are they? Anyway, the husbands took the kids back the hotel so my mom and I could do a little shopping and get our eye brows done.

By the time we got back I was all about getting to bed early. I wanted a good night of sleep for my first ever half marathon.

5:45 the next morning I was up and ready to go. Mom was driving me over to the event alone so everyone else could get a little extra sleep. I kissed the husband and the toddler and headed out. I was about to shut the door when the toddler, in a very sleepy voice says, "Mom, give me a hug and a kiss first." I almost melted. I told him I’d see him at the finish line and he gave me a smile.

All weekend I didn’t think twice about the weather as all reports said it was to be a beautiful day. WRONG! As soon as Mom and I stepped out of the hotel it was pouring out. POURING!

At first I was disappointed. I wasn’t mentality prepared for it but then I remembered my training runs in the rain. What was the big deal? As soon as I started running I knew it would be nice and the more I thought about it the more I realized I’d rather be wet then overly hot.

Mom dropped me off at the starting line 3 minutes before 7. Traffic was HORRENDOUS! But we made it. I hopped out of the car and joined the other 3000 runners at the starting line. The buzzer buzzed and we were off!

Well sort of. There was about a 3 minute delay before I could even move and I was so cold and wet all I wanted to do was MOVE.

Finally I crossed the start line and now I really was off. As usual the first half mile or so was navigating around people until you start to fall into place with other runners at your pace. I passed the first mile marker and I thought about Renee’s comment,

"…‘remember a marathon is just 1 mile – 26 times’. So, just remember that all you have to do is run a mile, and you know you can do it! Just 13 times, which I know you will do with ease!"

I smiled and kept on running.

Soon I found myself running over the Naval Academy Bridge. It was nice even in the rain which I think was letting up by this time. Over the bridge and running up an unexpected hill all of a sudden my iPod informed me I stopped running. I was like, ummm no, no I didn’t. Please, PLEASE don’t do this too me. But alas, the battery died in my receiver. Total BUMMER! as I really wanted to to track my first half marathon. All I got was the first 2.7 miles of it. :( DARN IT!

oh well. I kept on trucking. Mile 3 crept up on me, probably because I was fiddling with the iPod. Just before mile 4 I was happy to see a water station with 2 porta potties. I snuck in as there was no lines and no way I would make 9 more miles without a pee break.

By this time the lead runners in the 10k were already heading back. I cheered them on as they passed. These women were running like the wind! Very impressive.

Around this time I started to see quotes that were placed on the side of the track. One in particular spoke to me. It read,

I have met my hero, and he is me. – George Sheehan

What a powerful concept. I’m not kidding, it almost made me cry right there on the road. It must have been the running hormones. Yeah that’s it. the hormones.

Mile 5 started on a trail called B&A, I believe. At this point I’m just moving. My feet started bothering me as my shoes and socks were soaked through and though. It started to effect the way I was running but it wasn’t so painful that I had to stop. So I just ran. Passing and being passed. It was about mile 6 or 7 were runners in the lead were already looping around. I got excited as I figured the turn around point was approaching.

My excitement was premature as it took FOREVER to reach mile 8 which was where we turned around and were I realized I had to rerun the entire trail. I started to get a bit discouraged. I was getting tired and I decided at the next water stop I’d take a bit of Gatorade and stop for a second to drink it. My feet needed the rest and I wanted to refuel for the last leg of this run.

So that’s what I did. I believe it was just after mile market 9. I grabbed a water and a Gatorade, mixed the two and stepped to the side to get out of the way of other runners. I drank and hit the road again in about 30 seconds.

Soon I saw mile marker 10. I was now in uncharted milage. I’ve never run more then 10 miles in my life and I was real nervous about the last 3. I kept repeating to myself, "slow and steady wins in the race." Soon I saw marker 11 and I was exited. The trail was coming to an end and we’d be back on the road soon. I knew most of it was a slight downhill slope and I welcomed it and the change in scenery.

I see mile marker 12 and I’m running on empty. I’m slow and I don’t care. At this point I knew I could finish and had no energy to pound out my fastest mile at the end. Slow and steady, right?

All of a sudden I take a turn and I know I’m getting close. There are more and more people cheering on runners and letting us know we are almost done. Plus Mr. Roboto came on my iPod. :) I start scanning the sidelines looking for my family….

my runnig the half marathon

I have one turn to go and I hear… "Roni!" There’s the husband and the toddler!! I see them a few hundred meters from the finish line. I wave to he toddler and book it to the end…

Booking to the finish line

The husband snapped those two great shots. What I love about them is my facial expressions. Here’s what I look like after 13 wet miles.

Here’s my favorite shot by far, even though the toddler would not look up at the camera. Ahhhh KIDS! :)

So what does one do immediately after a half marathon? well walk a mile to the car of course! Actually it was a nice walk and I think my muscles needed it to stay loose. We enjoyed walking back over the bridge together and had a lot of fun doing so.

My favorite shot it the last one. My mom, my husband and my child. The 3 most important people in my life just walkin’ down the line. :)

We spent the rest of the day exploring Annapolis. Taking a boat tour and having lunch at Pusser’s Caribbean Grille.

When I got home I looked up my time on the official results and I was ecstatic to find I finished my first ever half marathon in 2:07:57! That’s just under a 10 minute per mile pace with a pee break and water stop! And to think exactly a year ago I ran my first every 5k ever!! This past year I added 10 miles to my distance and shaved over a minute off my mile time. *shaking my head in disbelief* Who am I?

I’m not going to lie… a full marathon SCARES THE CRAP OUT OF ME. but…. I can see progression. I can feel the sense of accomplishment. I KNOW I can cross that finish line. I am ready to be my own hero. :)



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Discussion

There are 66 comments so far.

    Mary Anne

    May 31, 2009

    Wow. Way to go, Roni! You are MY hero!

    John Frantz

    May 31, 2009

    You hit your wall and broke through it. Congrats. :-) You did a great job. A lot more gutsy than anything I could do.

    Donna

    May 31, 2009

    So HAPPY for you! Congratulations! You inspire! I did my first ever 5K and 10K last year. OH if only I could work up to a half marathon! :) I just may SUPRISE myself someday! :) Thanks for sharing your experience today and your life. :) Have a great week!

    Michelle

    June 1, 2009

    I am so proud of you. I love the quote I have met me hero, it is me. I little teary. Awesome job Roni. Awesome job!

    Suzie

    June 1, 2009

    Congratulations!

    Zoey

    June 1, 2009

    Congratulations Roni!

    Arlene

    June 1, 2009

    Inspiring, as always. Congrats on your run.

    I just bought a Nike+ and used it for my first run/walk (mostly walk) this morning. How long does it take before the battery in the receiver dies?

    dietgirl

    June 1, 2009

    WELL DONE RONI BABY! Woohoooooooooooo :)

    Pamelabee

    June 1, 2009

    Yay! I’m so thrilled for you! Great job :) I run my first 10k at the end of August and reading this really has me pumped for it.

    Lou

    June 1, 2009

    Roni,

    That is so FANTASTIC! What a spectacular job, BRAVO!! CONGRATULATIONS !!! I did my first race on Thanksgiving day and it was a 5 mile race. On June 20 I take my Momentum Walk-It Challenge team to their first 5k here on Long Island. I have one person on the team that motivates me and another who I am so proud of.

    Keep up the great work. You keep me inspired, as you always seem to do.

    Lou

    Jenn Z.

    June 1, 2009

    Yea Roni!! Congrats!! It was fun to “meet” you on the trail – you looked really strong. The rain was tough but it kept it cool. Your time is amazing for your first ever 1/2 – you will do great on the full!
    The quote that stood out for me was “Pain is temporary, pride is forever”. I thought of that on that last mile too.
    Congrats again and best of luck!
    Jenn
    p.s. Could NOT believe the traffic OR the potty lines!

    Mandi

    June 1, 2009

    Congratulations Roni! What an awesome recap of what seems like a wonderful day for you! Reading your post is getting me even more excited for my first half marathon—the Rock N Roll Half Marathon–coming up on Sept 6! I am scared to death…but I can do it too! thanks for being an inspiration and showing all of us, “non-runners”, that we can do it!!

    Katali

    June 1, 2009

    Woooo! Congrats, Roni, that’s FANTASTIC. And what an awesome time! Also, I love the quote, it’s definately going to become my own personal motto.

    Well done, Roni, we’re proud of you. :)

    Katali.

    roni

    June 1, 2009

    Arlene — it took mine well over 9 months I think and I’ve been running some serious mileage recently. You can extend it’s life by only wearing on the shoes you run with as the battery is used when you are in motion even if you aren’t tracking.

    Hope that helps!

    Everyone else — Thanks you SO much for all the congratulations!! I was on top of the world yesterday. :)

    Christine

    June 1, 2009

    cogratulations!

    Shelly

    June 1, 2009

    Amazing, Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing. Again, inspirational. I just came back from a 3 mile jog and I am lacing my sneakers up. loading the girls in the stroller and I am heading back out.

    Congrats!
    S

    Ps. Love the pictures, they made me cry.

    Toy

    June 1, 2009

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Aime

    June 1, 2009

    Through tears in my eyes, congratulations Roni! Thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration.

    Congratulations, Roni!! Way to go! You are such an inspiration. Crossing that finish line must have felt so good. Amazing!

    Shannan

    June 1, 2009

    Roni, you are so inspiring to me. As I still consider myself to be a beginner runner — which I truly am, having not made much improvement over the past 6 months — your runs and now your half-marathon have been on my mind on days when I don’t want to do anything and need a little boost to just MOVE! I think, Roni’s doing it, why can’t I? Keep it up and you’ll be doing that marathon before you know it. Don’t be afraid to do it, either, because you are fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

    Jenn

    June 1, 2009

    Roni, that was such a great recap and a wonderful achievement for you! Thanks for sharing the race with us – it makes me feel like I can do it, too!
    Jenn @ Watch My Butt Shrink!

    Melissa

    June 1, 2009

    Congrats Roni, what an awesome achievement! You really handled the rain situation so well — and you kept going and had an amazing time, too!! On a personal note, I have a soft spot for Annapolis, so I love that you ran your first half there! It’s one of my fave cities (My hubby and I met when he was in his last year at the academy and we got married there).

    Marissa

    June 1, 2009

    Roni,

    Long time reader, first time commenter. I also ran the half in Annapolis this weekend and I’m so glad you put the George Sheehan quote on here. I read it during the race and thought it was incredibly inspirational…of course after the race I couldn’t remember the exact quote or who said it. Thanks for remembering!! Great job on your half!!

    Marissa

    justrun

    June 1, 2009

    Aw, I have a lump in my throat reading this– I’m proud of you!! You did it! You ran your best race and took everything the day had to give! Good for you!

    A marathon is just more of that, I promise. We never have any guarantee at the starting line, but if we train right, take care of ourselves, listen to our bodies, and put our heart into it, all the miles are possible.

    Have a great day!

    Brandi

    June 1, 2009

    WE DID IT!! What an amazing run! I’m so happy for you :)

    Maureen

    June 1, 2009

    Hi Roni,

    I am in tears reading your account of the weekend. I am so proud of you, you are your own hero, when I think of that sad lonely girl you were a few years ago, I am just speechless and what you’ve done with your life. It just shows you how much power we really have if we just take it! I walked a 5k a few weeks ago and am trying to get into regular walks everyday! I’ll get there. Thank you for sharing and you go girl, our only limits are those we put on ourselves!

    Regards,
    Maureen

    Erika

    June 1, 2009

    congrats girlie! Way to go…glad you were able to enjoy the time with your family as well.

    AlliJag

    June 1, 2009

    Roni – THAT’S AWESOME! I am so super proud of you! (and may or may not have gotten a little teary eyed myself reading your recap) – I know how it feels to accomplish your goals – and I hope you are still riding high today! ;) Way to kick some booty mama! :D

    Elaine

    June 1, 2009

    You look beautiful after 13 wet miles! 2:07 is one heck of a debut time…you should be seriously proud of yourself. I love the running hormoes…after both of my half-marathons, I was on the verge of tears. It’s a weird sensation…but an addicting one. I can’t wait for my next half (one in October, one in November).

    Rebecca

    June 1, 2009

    Way To Go!!! I Love This Blog!

    Sheri

    June 1, 2009

    Congratulations! What a huge accomplishment! You are my inspiration! I am Training for a 10K and that scares me!!

    Jennifer

    June 1, 2009

    That’s so exciting! You have come such a long way… and that’s just us readers watching you from a distance! I’m sure your family can see even bigger changes in you :) You even had ME tearing up when you wrote that you heard your husband scream your name at the finish line… what great support you have!

    WannaBeSkinny

    June 1, 2009

    I gotta be honest, I teared up when I saw the pic of you with your eyes closed running. I can feel your exhaustion. I’ll be running my first 5K in 3 weeks and 6 days, I’ll be thinking of your progression! Thanks for posting this!

    Lauren P

    June 1, 2009

    Congrats! I was there this weekend as well. I saw you when you were on your way back from the turn around (maybe a mile or 2 ahead of me). You looked good and strong. My favorite quote that I saw was from Ellenore Rosevelt….”Women are like tea bags, you never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.”

    PS – I agree, rerunning that trail was a not exactly fun.

    Congrats!!! You are AMAZING!

    Michele

    June 1, 2009

    Congratulations!
    Long time reader, first time commenter. I really enjoy your site and just wanted to let you know that you are truly an inspiration to others. I really enjoy the honesty in all of your posts.
    Again, congratulations! Keep runnin’!

    kathleen

    June 1, 2009

    yay!!! congrats!
    ps – can we talk about the killer muscle definition in your legs?! yikes :) how awesome is that!!!

    Mary

    June 1, 2009

    Great job Roni. really. great job!

    Pubsgal

    June 1, 2009

    Congratulations, Roni!!! I enjoyed reading about your first half-marathon. What an awesome race!

    Krista S.

    June 1, 2009

    *cries* I’m so proud of you, Roni! You are so awesome and such an inspiration to everyone.

    Kelly

    June 1, 2009

    YAY!
    I’m so proud of you and FOR you!

    And a little nervous because I’m planning to start training for a half marathon too. I want to run one before my 30th birthday in February!

    Melody

    June 1, 2009

    Congratulations!!!!! I’m looking forward to my first 1/2 marathon in October and was nice to read how your’s went!

    Dawn

    June 1, 2009

    AWESOME RONI!!! SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!! What an accomplishment. You can mark that off your list now. Doesn’t it feel so good to know that you have accomplished what a few years ago probably wasn’t even on your radar? What a smokin’ time you had too. Girl you just rocked it through the rain and you never slowed down. WOOT WOOT!!!

    Zandria

    June 1, 2009

    That’s a supremely awesome accomplishment. Good for you!

    Also, I happen to love Austin Grill, too. We have one here in Old Town Alexandria where I live. Haven’t been there in a while, actually… :)

    Jennie

    June 1, 2009

    you should consider San Diego’s Rock and Roll Marathon for your full marathon ;) I would come and cheer!
    http://www.rnrmarathon.com/home.html

    Renee

    June 1, 2009

    Congrats Roni! I am glad my quote made you smile. You deserve to be proud of yourself. You did it!!! Yay!!

    You look awesome and your followers are inspired! Take care.
    Renee

    Nancy

    June 1, 2009

    S W E E T ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    Michelle

    June 1, 2009

    Great Job! So,…how was the first day at work?!!!

    A great big congrats Roni!! What an accomplishment! A have done a handful of 1/2 marathons and the full marathon still scares me. But, I just might tackle it this Dec.

    Sally

    June 1, 2009

    Congratulations! =]

    Rollercoaster

    June 1, 2009

    Okay, I don’t know what just happened but I started reading your post and as soon as you gave the quote about being your own hero I started bawling! I couldn’t stop bawling and read the whole thing. I guess my hormones have kicked up as well because that quote got me going and the pictures just kept the tears flowing! I know women can “sync up” in the workplace but is it possible to do it online? LOL

    Congratulations, I can imagine why you are your own hero, I know you are a hero to me and many more!

    Mel

    June 1, 2009

    Roni I am so stinkin proud of you! I cannot even imagine yet running a half marathon, but then again I never thought I’d be running 5K’s either. You have totally inspired me. Congrats on your awesome time too. Great pictures! Keep running girlfriend. Oh and I cannot wait to meet you Sunday for the local race. I think of my best b-day presents is going to be meeting you!!!

    LG

    June 2, 2009

    A-Mazing. Great post and pics. You SHOULD be your own hero!!!

    Tania

    June 2, 2009

    OMG, Roni, a half M in under 2:08:00??? You are such an inspiration. I’ll be running my first in 4 months and I am terrified to learn that I must finish in 2:35:00 max!! Maybe it’s doable after all. Congrats!!

    Christy

    June 2, 2009

    Congratulations! This is a huge accomplishment. I am so proud of you!

    Nathalie

    June 2, 2009

    that was a wonderful blogpost Roni. And congratulations again on the great run!!! xxx

    Mary

    June 2, 2009

    Roni,
    What a inspiring blog! I just loved it…still have a tear running down my face! You are my greatest inspiration. I’m 52, and read you everyday. I have turned my kids onto your sites in hopes they also will be inspired.

    Mary

    kilax

    June 2, 2009

    Congrats on your first half! You did great!

    Mary :: A Merry Life

    June 2, 2009

    WOW! Congrats Roni! That is just AWESOME!

    lorraine

    June 2, 2009

    Your my hero Roni and I;m at goal 2 years from you and go to the gym to spin. I’m 44 and want to run but feel old.
    Your my inspiration.

    Michelle in CA

    June 2, 2009

    C O N G R A T S !!!! What an *awesome* time too! Loved the recap!

    Debbie

    June 2, 2009

    Great Job, Roni! I am so happy for you :-)

    Dana

    June 2, 2009

    Roni – I’ve been a follower for quite some time. I enjoy your posts but I think this one tops them all. What great pictures, great story and a great personal accomplishment.

    How great to be able to say you did it..you completed the race! And with your family right there supporting you.

    Cheri

    June 2, 2009

    Way to go Roni!!! You’re an athlete, a star and my motivation!! I have been running 3 days a week (run/walk) in preparation for my 1st ever 5K next month. NEVER in my life would I think that I would be able to run for twenty-something minutes straight and now that task is not so daunting. I owe it to you — I feel better than ever and have lost over 30 lbs since January when I finally got motivated to follow the plan and start exercising. And I actaully love running. Go figure.

    Thanks again!!

    Valerie

    June 3, 2009

    Whenever I read your blog, I’m inspired and this was no exception. You rock!

    Parier Sport

    May 7, 2011

    Je me fais toujours un plaisir de vous lire et je trouve que cet article est très utile. Je vous remercie encore.