Reflections of a Mom's Life

Monday, November 9, 2009

Outer Banks 1/2 Marathon, November 8, 2009

I ran my second 1/2 Marathon in the Outer Banks this weekend! Can't hardly believe I've run two one year! There was a time in my life where I thought running for any reason other than a life threatening situation would be CRAZY! I've only been running for a year and 3 months. To be honest, I'm still in a lot of shock. I just never thought this would be me...and neither did Anthony or any of my family! :)

I'm so glad that it IS me now! I LOVE it. I'm so proud of it! I'm so thankful for it! I'm so amazed at what you can do when you put your mind to it! There were many times over the weekend and even during the race that I thanked the Lord for the health to run, for the ability to run, for the desire to run, for the opportunity to run. I really am so thankful.

We left on Saturday around 12pm for the Outer Banks. We were all so excited! It took us about 3 1/2 hours to get there. We went straight to the expo so I could pick up my packet.

finding my name and bib number

hey y'all!

getting my bib and timing chip

my fans! they were so excited for me and i was loving every minute of it!

after the expo, we headed over to Pizza Hut - a real sit down one that you don't see very often anymore - and ate some yummy pizza! then we headed to the hotel so we could get settled and in bed early. we dressed the kids in their clothes and put them to bed. we were planning to leave at 5am so we wanted to make getting out as stress free as possible. the night before a race is stressful enough and i had to fight those feelings and try not to be a total freak show to my family! :)

5am departure to the starting line!

runner drop of and potty stop :)

saying goodbye

my fans waited patiently to see me run by...

here we go...well, there go the fast runners :)

enjoying she always does!

this was Anthony's attempt to get my picture. the plan was for me to run on the right side of the road and he would be waiting for me at the YMCA. i got excited in taking off that i forgot the Y would be coming up so quickly and was in the middle of the pack. oh well! :) we saw each other at least and i waved but he wasn't able to catch me on camera.

hanging out and killing time while mommy was racing

here they caught me at mile 8 and i was still feeling good

here is the bridge that we ran over. it was beautiful and hard. mile 10 so i was getting tired anyway. :) really wanted to walk some of it but just pushed through and enjoyed the downhill...finally! :)

Anthony found me just after the bridge and passed me in the car. it was so fun to hear them yelling and screaming as they were driving past. just the push i needed to make it to the end!

the race was really GREAT! i ran with the 2:15 pace group in an effort to meet my goal time. i didn't really know if it was achievable. i hoped it was but i'm still just not sure of what i'm capable of most of the time. it was funny...i was talking about that with one of the pacers, a seasoned marathoner and runner, and she said that most of the time you never really figure that out. every race is different. very interesting.

up to mile 10 i was able to stick with the pace group but once we hit the hill i fell behind. they were running ahead of pace and i knew we had banked some time. i just had to do what i could at that point. was able to keep them in sight but tried not to stress. i was feeling SO tired and while my pace was good, by mile 11 and 12 i was hurting and willing my legs to keep running. walking sounded so appealing but i continued to push through and ignore those desires! the last two miles were HARD but that's to be expected i guess and i had pushed myself much harder than i ever had before.

it was SO good to see the finish in sight! my pacer was already waiting at the finish...they got there early...and ran with me to the end...yelling that i had done it! met my goal!!! it was an incredible feeling to know i had not only RUN the 1/2 but finished just under what i had hoped to do! amazing!

official chip time - 2:14:51 10:18 pace
my last race i finished in 2:24 so i was SO happy to shave 10 minutes off my time!

sore but happy! this will sound weird to many of you but this race i really felt like a "runner". the first one i was just excited to finish. i didn't know if i could run the whole thing. i hoped to, but had determined not to be upset if i couldn't. i had a goal time but was just going to be happy to finish. period. :)

this time i was hoping for more! hoping for a pace and time i hadn't run before at that long of a distance. hoping i was capable and would have probably been disappointed if i hadn't been able to do it. but the whole time, i knew i was a runner. i knew i could push myself. i knew i could run it all. i knew i could do it even if it was hard. it was a different feeling. it was more challenging and i loved every minute of it. i love being a runner.

gotta love the medal!

the first picture i take he is always silly. his punishment is me posting this on the blog. :)

love my man! i couldn't do any of this without him. we didn't have anyone to take our picture at the race so this is the only one i have! he is such an encourager to me! he loves that i'm running. he loves that i want to run with him. i know he never saw that one coming! :) he is so proud and he makes me feel amazing! he watches the kids when i'm training and have to be away for 2 hours on a Saturday and he never complains. he's excited for me! i love that we can have this in common now. Anthony...thank you SO much for loving me the way you do and for making me believe i can do anything! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!


Heather said...

i'm SO proud of you!!

Sherri said...

Congrats! You did awesome. All Glory to GOD! Always run for HIM and it will always feel that good.

Caitlin L said...

beth, this is SO encouraging to read, you are inspiring! I just started training this week for my first 1/2 and Gabby is only 4 months old. I am a little nervous and feel very very slow, so reading this has gotten me really excited. Thank you thank you thank you!

Heather J said...

Congrats Beth -I'm soooo proud of you!!!!

Natalie said...

Yay Beth! Great Job!

Sheila said...

As your mother I have one word to say and I have been saying the entire time I read this post and soaked in the experience with you. That one word is: WOW! I NEVER saw this coming either but I sure am happy for your entire family, especially for you and Anthony. This is a journey, a great journey and you guys are taking it TOGETHER. Once again, Wow! Wow, for running. Wow, for running two 1/2 marathons. Wow, for making this life style change. Wow, for enjoying it and Wow, for the two of you doing this together! Wow!

Janet said...

Beth, I sit hear realizing that I just don't have adequate words to tell you how amazing you are to me! Your discipline and courage to take on "running" this past year has been such an inspiration to so many of us. Congratulations on this race! Awesome job on shaving off 10 minutes! Wow! And there are no words for your humble character. Simply praising God for your ability to get out there and run. That speaks volumes to me and others!

Katy said...

beth i am soooo proud of you! i hated that i couldn't be there to cheer you on, but was SO excited that it went so well!!! anthony did good with the pictures at least!! you ARE a real runner - and a great one at that! i'm ready to run with you again - it's been TOOOOO long!!!

Courtney said...

beth - i TOTALLY get what you mean...feeling like a "real" runner...YAY! isn't it the best??

congratulations!!! you did awesome!!!

Linda Williams said...

I am really proud of you....I could NEVER do that! (Not just because I am too old but because I could have NEVER done that, even while I was a young whipper-snapper!)

Baby, you have come a long way since that day in Germany. (The steps) Ha!

Keizers Family said...

Congrats Beth! You ARE a runner! :)

Stephens Family News said...

Yay Beth!! Great job!! :o)

Vonda said...

Wow girl you are so OFFICIALLY a RUNNER!!! I am so proud of you and I sure hope I can do this too one day! And when I do I want you right there either running with me or cheering me on! So tickled for you! And girl you LOOK GREAT too!