Monday, December 6, 2010

I finished!

The St. Jude Half Marathon is over! The weather could not have been any better- it was a perfect day for running! I finished in 2 hours and 5 minutes and I beat my time from last year by 2 whole minutes. :)

Here are a couple pictures from the day...

Right after I finished and received my pretty shiny finishers medal.

My sweet nephew came to cheer me on.

And my mom, sister and brother in law (behind the camera) also came to cheer me on!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Girl in Motion

The St. Jude Half is this weekend! YAY! I can't believe it's finally here. I am so excited, anxious, and nervous. My training was going very well until about 7 weeks ago when I started experiencing serious knee pain after an extremely hilly 10 miler. EEK! After visiting the doc and a physical therapist, we determined it was hurting from overuse which is a very common knee injury among runners. I basically could not train for 3 weeks then I had the stomach bug for over a week so my training got put on hold for a little over a month and it was very frustrating! Being that close to the half, I didn't know if I would be too far behind to continue but I have done 2 successful long runs the past 2 I am as ready as I am going to be.

My goal this year was to kick last years time in the butt! Last year I finished 2:07 which I was very pleased with for my first half. I don't know that I will be beating that this year after my set back but completing 13.1 miles is an accomplishment in itself no matter how long it takes. :)

Please keep all the runners who will be participating in the St. Jude Marathon in your prayers this weekend! Unless you run, have run or are married to a runner, you do not understand the time and dedication it takes! I want to thank my hubby for putting up with my frustrations and worrying and obsessing over the last several weeks-- - you rock for listening to me or at least making me think you do. ;)

And what post would be complete without clothes?? If I am going be a sweaty mess when I finish the half...I at least want to be a CUTE sweaty mess.

Pullover: Nike Element 1/2 Zip- Dick's Sporting Goods
Top: Nike - Dick's Sporting Goods
Shorts: Nike Tempo Shorts- Dick's Sporting Goods
Shoes: Nike Zoom Structure-
Hat: Nike Running Hat- Dick's Sporting Goods