Have you ever done something on a whim? Something that you never thought, in a million years, that you would do? Well, I did that. I signed up for a half marathon with a few days shy of 4 weeks to prepare for it. Then, I ran that half marathon. I know, I know.... running still makes me really tired.
I started training for the race as much as I could with so little time, but on my second training "long run", I hurt my peroneal tendon and was forced to rest for a week. After that, I had continuing pain with it and it made me really nervous to run on. Thankfully it seemed that taping it helped.
They day before the run, I went and picked up my bag and my bib. Things suddenly got really REAL!!
The morning of the race dawned bright and early, not that I slept very much. We had to be to the bus at 5:15 am, so I was up and eating at 3:30 am. All the while thinking, why am I doing this again?
After a short bus ride up the canyon, and two pit stops in a port-a-potty, we prepared ourselves for the task before us. I say us because I was there with my friend Sara and her husband Jason.
Here's a photo I managed to snap, around mile 5, of the beautiful scenery.
I also quickly snapped a selfie of Sara and I.
I can honestly say I don't know where my energy and endurance came from. I felt pretty solid and strong through the whole race, but miles 11 & 12 were definitely a little hard.
And, when I could see the park in my view and I knew somewhere among all those people were my hubby and kids waiting for me, I couldn't wait to be done.
Here I am after finishing.
The beginning of what may become a collection or what may remain as a testament to the one time I did that!