|We then went to pick up beg who finally made it into Michigan after a missed connection due to the bain that is US Airways. Ran her to the Expo, then came home and had a wonderful dinner of chicken alfredo with broccoli. Before we knew it, it was time to get our things ready to go for the next day. Of course, it took me a bit to fall asleep. OF COURSE IT DID.|
|4am was here all too early and yet I was ready to get out of bed.We got dressed and I took a before picture. We drove to downtown Detroit, parked, and found our way to our corral.|
It was time to run!
Miles 3-6 we ran along the Detroit River. It was absolutely breathtaking and so cool to see all the major car corporations all lit up as we ran. I also loved being able to see Comerica Park which is home to the Detroit Tigers and also Ford Field which is home to the Detroit Lions and then finally we could see the Joe Louis Arena, home to the Detroit Red Wings.
Mile 7 was when we headed back to US Soil, but to get there we had to run in a tunnel that is literally under water. It was very cool and very freaky at the same time! Half way through the tunnel, we crossed into the US again. I will say that it was very tight in there and hot! When we got outside, it was such a huge difference in temperature and also a major relief at the same time.
Miles 8-9 we saw Brandon and I couldn't look at him all that much because I was afraid I'd burst into tears. But I was REALLY happy to see him. We kept running and like clock work, my body started to hurt at 8.5. I'm not really sure what it is that makes me notice it, but I am determined to work on this trouble area. I think it may be "my wall." It makes it super easy for me to stop and walk more than I should as opposed to walking only through the water stations.
Mile 12-13.1 I wanted so badly to not stop until the race was over, but again I was sore. I am wondering if I didn't hydrate enough the day before. I will say that my hips and knees weren't as sore as they usually were, but they were still pretty bad. I felt bad because I held up beg, but she didn't seem to mind me slowing up. (Side note: when you run for long periods of time, it's very normal to be sore. I have runner's knee which is a common side effect of long distance running.)
We stopped at one last water station before we rounded the corner where the marathoners split from us. When we rounded the corner where the marathoners split from us, I could see the finish line.
It was time to finish the race.
I hit the magical adrenaline rush, cranked it into high gear and Gangnam Style came onto my iPod.
The last 1/4 of a mile I was sprinting.
beg grabbed my hand and we crossed the finish line like bosses.
It was and is one of the proudest moments of my life.
It was a great first half-marathon with lots of cool milestones along the way for me and I'll never forget it for as long as I live.
This is my first half-marathon time. Key word "first" which means there will be more and also you may infer that I intend to break this record.
I had a great day and I finished. Those were my goals for the day and I met both of them.
I proved to myself that, in fact, "I can do all things [ including run a half-marathon] through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).
- Thank you beg for running with me today. This race would not have been complete without you.
- And thank you to everyone who has supported me and encouraged me along the way. I could not have done this without you. My love language is words and so your comments, tweets, and texts speak directly to my heart.
- To Jessi and Jessika, I love you girls with all my heart. You're the ultimate cheerleaders and next time, you're running with me.
- Brandon, I love you. You have saw me and loved me always, even at my heaviest. You have shown me what true love is supposed to look like and I am so blessed to call you my beloved husband.
- Finally, to my Lord Jesus Christ, you were with me every step of the way urging me forward and giving me strength when I thought I had none. Thank you and I love you.