Saturday, March 28, 2009

13.1 miles

I am very proud to announce I finished the Raleigh Rocks half marathon in just under 2 hours, 25 minutes. This pace of 11 minutes per mile is slower than I planned because HOLY HILLS and HOLY HUMIDITY. It is a really good thing I did not check out the race course ahead of time because I'm not sure I would have run it. And it's also a good thing I was so worried about rain (not a drop!) that I didn't worry so much ahead of time about the 99% humidity.

This is me before the race with two boys very distracted by a garbage truck. I asked Jon to take pictures because I went into a little mini-panic right before the race. I was feeling pukey because OMG I signed up to run 13.1 miles! Why??!?!!! What was I thinking??!!!

At the 2 mile marker, I had the best treat EVER in ANY race ... my husband and my sons. I got very choked up watching my two little boys cheering for me. Very very choked up. And I got choked up thinking about my husband getting up at 6AM on his own birthday to support me.

Because of the crowds and the hills (THE HILLS!) I didn't hit my runner's high until 6 miles and by that point, I realized hey! I'm almost halfway done! I was expecting some tough times around miles 7-10. To my utter joy and surprise, at mile 7.5 they had a drum circle. This was my favorite band EVER in ANY race. And right after the drum circle, we ran through the outdoor art installations at the NC Museum of Art. I will definitely be taking my boys back there for some photos.

There was then an enormous downhill trail so steep they had a speed limit sign posted for bikes. Running down the hill was fun but then I realized we had to go all the way back up. HOLY HILLS! Almost everyone walked up the insane hill but I kept on truckin'. I was afraid that if I started walking I wouldn't be able to start running again.

The top of the hill was 9 miles and the crowd had spaced out significantly. This is when I hit my wall, when I did not want to run anymore. And that's when I thought three things:

* I have three boys waiting for me at the end. I can't disappoint them.
* I have to get to the end and I can either run it or walk it. I'll disappoint myself if I walk it.
* I told all my friends, my family, my co-workers, and my blog community that I was running it. I can't disappoint them.

I blasted Jamiroqai's Canned Heat (song from Napoleon Dynamite dance sequence) and kept on truckin'. And when I saw my three boys at the end, I waved and cheered and then sprinted to the finish. (Puffy red face brought to you by southern humidity.)


It was an awesome run for my last race in the 30-34 age group. I truly could not have done this without Jon's undying support through the crazy idea, the training runs, the motivation, and the race-day support. Each year he is in my life, I marvel more at our luck in finding each other. I hope we get to celebrate every birthday together for the rest of our lives.

Now I need to go stuff my face with cupcakes.

30 comments:

AmberW said...

AWESOME work Laura!!!!
How amazing do you feel that you pulled that off :)
All your hard work payed off - and what an great hubby you have!

Cynthia said...

Great job!!!! I'm inspired :-) Enjoy your cupcakes.

Stephanie Ozenne said...

Way to go! :) I totally understand getting choked up. It's amazing how great kids and husbands are.

What A Card said...

Congratulations and GOOD JOB! That's wonderful :)

Mommy, Esq. said...

Congratulations - and Happy Birthday, Jon!

Beth said...

Congratulations Laura!!! That's awesome. And Happy Birthday to Jon. I think next year you guys should come here and do the Cherry Blossom ten-miler. Not as long, and cool sights along the way! And you could have 4 little boys, two grown men, and a good friend cheering you on!

bb and mtb said...

YAY and WOOHOO for running that 13.2 miles even though the boogey man wasn't trying to get you!!! (The only reason I could think I could ever run that far.) Way to go!!!

mames said...

HOLY Mama! You are awesome. Now go toss back a few citrus vodka cocktails, you earned it! Hugs, Laura, you rock it.

Goddess in Progress said...

You're a rock star! I'm so impressed. What an achievement.

Happy Birthday to Jon, and Happy Birthday to you tomorrow!

ElizabethE said...

YAHOO! Congrats - you did awesome! Happy birthday to you and Jon.

Sadia said...

Laura, you're incredible!

Amy L said...

Way to go! You look so good at the end - if I run for just 10 minutes, my face is as red as a tomato. :) Congrats on completing your goal!

Sandra said...

Great job!! What a huge accomplishment and a wonderful example for your kids. Happy Birthday to you both!

JenFen said...

I am so proud of you and your accomplishment. You worked hard and you deserve it. Your post brought a tear to my eye. I hope both you and Jon have a wonderful birthday weekend.

Brooke* said...

i have tears in MY eyes...i can totally relate to the getting so choked up at seeing your family while running! it's as if all the emotions of the training and the running and the stress all come out in the happiness of seeing them! you go girl! you deserve a TON of cupcakes!

Eva said...

Awesome! You rock.

Steph said...

Way to go Laura!!! Hope you enjoyed the cupcakes! You worked so hard for this, and all that planning and groundwork really paid off!!!

t + j said...

Fantastic, LC! Have a great birthday weekend!

Becky said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That is so impressive.

Shelley said...

Great Job!!!!!!! I feel like I should go for a run now! :-) Hope you both had/have a great birthday! It snowed a little here yesterday (Texas). Crazy!

The Adventures of Carrie, Brook, Finn and Reid said...

Way to rock, Laura!

Happy Birthday to you and Jon!

Bert Bell said...

Bravo & congratulations on finishing this endeavour. If you should decide to do it again, try reciting to yourself Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me." This one scripture has helped me out tremendously when I didn't think I could go on. Congrats & I hope you enjoyed your cupcakes.

Cathy said...

Laura! You did so great. I am so happy you finished the race running. And I think it is wonderful that you have the support of your whole family out there.

WAY TO GO! You ROCKED your run! Hills, humidity and ALL!

Ya hoooooo!

Joanna said...

Dude, you are AWESOME!!!! I'm so impressed that you ran up the HILL. Holy cow, that's motivation for ya. Congrats on completing it.

Megan said...

YEAH!! So proud of you! I was thinking of you on Saturday! What an accomplishment! I got teary just thinking about how our children ARE our motivation in SO many of the things we do. GOOD for you!!! Congrats on a huge milestone! And happy, happy b-day!

Lesley said...

Happy Birthday!!! You are awesome! Congratulations on a wonderful race!!I totally get the getting choked up. You are very lucky to have such a wonderful, supportive husband and beautiful boys!

Erin said...

Congratulations! That is awesome. Humidity and hills do not make for a fun run...good for you for sticking with it!

Cindy G said...

Way to Go!!!! Very proud of you - all that hard work paid off. Happy Birthday too

Amy said...

how ridiculously awesome! congrats, happy birthday and here's to many more shared celebrations with your boys!

Beth said...

Happy Birthday and congratulations! That is an amazing accomplishment, and how wonderful that you were able to share it with your three boys. I'm sure they were so proud of you.