I had a awesome Shamrock Half Marathon this past Sunday!!After months of training with an injury I set a PR (personal record)! I beat my old record by a whopping 9 minutes!! Praises to God for all his help and faith in me. I am lucky that my injury hurts when I stop running not while I run. Strange but true and very much appreciated. I know there are lots of injuries that would just take you out of the running game completely. I was so happy crossing that line that you could not have paid me to wipe that smile off my face! You would have thought I won the whole darn women’s division. It sure felt like it!
I want to thank Kelly my running coach for all her support. Kelly had asked me what my plan was. I told her “start off slow and Find my happy pace” yes I really did. She gave me two time splits to check for during the race at miles 6 and 10. I made both. In fact at mile 10 I realized I was almost 3 minutes faster that what she told me would be considered “in even better shape” to beat my old half. What a great feeling that was, definitely gives you incentive to knock those last 3.1 miles out.
I am also proud that I was able to run with my best friends and neighbors as a complete group (plus one additional sister in running). You see, as military life goes, one of our own is leaving soon. Sue you have been a great inspiration to myself and Alicia. I am pretty sure we would have never run a half marathon without your support. Gosh a year ago I thought I might die after the Shamrock 8k! Now look at us! And since a series of foot injuries plagued our group it was nearly a miracle that we made it to the starting line at all. I will miss watching your butt ahead of me and your smiling face at the finish. Forget destination weddings….I think I hear a destination race calling our names. 😉
So thanks to all of you prayed and supported me. Now I have a new record to work on breaking!