Twas time for a girls trip to Utah. I was looking forward to the weekend in Salt Lake to see family and hang with friends and relax. The real purpose of the trip was to run the SOJO - a 1/2 marathon. The race had the word marathon in it, which really equals 13.1 miles.
I brought miss Macie with me so she could hang with her bestie cousin Cali!
It was also pretty great to get to meet my newest niece Quinn!
The day finally arrived, after little to no sleep. For some reason the anxiety totally got the best of me and I had a really crappy night. My mind kept "racing" and I was unable to fully just relax and dream the night away. I was scared.
I remember thinking as I was on the bus heading to the start line, "How did this happen? Really, when did I truly decide to RUN a 1/2 marathon?" I don't really remember how it came to be. All my friends up here in Idaho run. So, Natalie and I decided that if we wanted to join in on any conversations, it would require some work. The running began.
Fast forward 4 months and I was off to run my first race... all 13.1 miles of it!
I felt great. The adrenaline kicked in and I was pushing myself and going faster than I normally run. I was maintaining a good pace. I felt like all the training I had done was worth it. I had new music on my ipod and I was in a happy place! The water stops were often and I felt so good that at mile 9 I passed on the water. I didn't realize there wouldn't be water until mile 12 and I was struggling through, but I kept on running.
And I even finished, which was my only goal!
It was even better to run across the finish line to see my favorite girlies holding these pieces of art!
What a great support I had at the end. I struggled through that last mile, and it was so rewarding to see the people that mean the most to me when I felt so weak.
Thanks to my mom for driving all that way and with her own personalized medal to give me - thanks again mom for the necklace, it means a lot to me!
And these girls right here are total rock stars and we all had something to cheer about!
See. We did it and we all have the shirts to prove it!
I feel so much stronger for it - I would even do it again!