*warning-photo heavy LONG post!
Back in July, I ran my 2nd 10k of the year. It really kicked my butt (90 degree weather will do that to you) and I wondered if I would ever be able to run farther than 6.2 miles. A couple weeks later, I started researching fall races. I wanted to push myself and see how far my body could take me. I wanted a challenge. I wanted to continue to lose weight. I found a 1/2 marathon race in my hometown and a great training plan. Fast-forward to this weekend. 12 weeks of training would come down to this.
Kirsten, Renee and Lauren ran the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Fransisco, while Jen also ran her FIRST 1/2, the Atlantic City Half Marathon. Becca got her FIRST Half out the the way by running the Middle Half in Tennessee on Saturday.) The family headed downtown with me (without attitude, which I soooo appreciated). Since the race started at the YMCA, we were able to wait inside where it was warm and I had a nice bathroom to use (5 times-I know, TMI, but seriously?). I found a quiet corner and stretched and rolled my muscles. The kids jammed to their iPods and Mike headed outside to watch the Velocity Challenged runners start at 7:00 (if you think you'll be longer than a 6 hr marathon pace, you get to start an hour ahead of everyone else - and yes, they call these runners Velocity Challenged - I ♥ that).
I don't have pictures of any running other than the start and finish. Professional pictures are coming, but probably won't be available for a week or so. Anyhoo, here's my recap of the race itself.