AND in honor of Team A.L.I.
Cows and Lasers and Everything Else are rasing money for March of Dimes. This is a picture of their neice Ali who was born prematurely. According to the March of Dimes website, every year more than half a million babies are born prematurely. Will you help fight for those who can't?
All week, in the back of my mind, I was doubting myself. So last night I mapped out a 13.1 course. Today at noon, I took off. I walked the hills (we have lots of them in western PA!!!) Before I left, I texted my husband and told him my route (our agreement any time I run alone)
For the first time in my training, I used my Ipod. I was amazed at how much it helped me!!! I think Ill take it next Sunday!!
I ordered some Peanut Butter Gu and Chocolate Gu, to try, (but it didnt come in time for todays run) So I dont know how my stomach will react to it. But its peanut butter and chocolate. MY TWO FAVORITE food groups!!!
At mile 7 my Ipod died. (It was dead this morning, so I knew there was a good chance!)
At mile 8 my legs were really heavy!! I wondered why in the world I was doing this!! BUT, to get back home, I had to continue on!!
At mile 9 I realized that my legs werent hurting anymore. I wasnt sure if I had lost my mind, or if they really were feeling good!!
I was home at mile 12.2..... WHAT !?!?!?!? My Garmin connect map, said it would be 13.1!!! BUT, I was home, and I was not going to go back up that hill to do some more running to come up with more mileage!!
My time? 2:52.50 pace 14.1.............. There is a time limit on the half marathon. 3 1/5 hours. Todays run proved to me that I CAN DO IT!! (altho, the webpage says that you need to keep a 14 minute pace, BUT 3.5 hours is a 16 minute pace) SO, Im a bit confused about that one, and I sent an email)
When I got home, I stretched and then texted my husband that I was home, and told him I was going to eat a bowl of peanut butter for my recovery!! (I didnt really do that. ALTHO I did use and extra Tablespoon in my smoothie!!!