Half Marathon…Check

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Sunday was the big day! 

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19, 19, 1985!

 

The day I had been training for for almost 7 months…the Borgess Run for the Health of It Half Marathon!

It was cool and sunny, perfect for running.  I had my running buddy, Reita with me.  We started this journey together and we were going to finish it together, too.

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Ready to run!

 

13 miles is a LONG run! Previous to this race, 10.25 miles was my longest run.  I kept saying to myself going into this “If you can do 10, you can do 13”. Easier said than done that’s for sure!  The last 3 miles were the most difficult and I found that I struggled the most through mile 12.  

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At mile 9.

My official time was 2:53:56.  That time included 2 bathroom stops.  My total running time minus bathroom breaks was 2:47:59.  I was figuring I’d go at least 2:45, so I am very happy with my time. I just wanted to finish in under 3 hours.

Here are some more photos!

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With some friends before the race.

 

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The home stretch!

 

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Almost there!

 

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Crossing the finish line!

 

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After the race.

 

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Woo hoo!  We finished!

 

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Check out our hardware!

 

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This is definitely an experience I’ll remember forever!

 

I’m feeling pretty good today, I was pretty sore this morning until I started moving around and such.  I did aggravate an old ankle injury, so I have a little bit of swelling in my right ankle.  I’m sure that with ice and rest, it’ll be fine in a couple of days.

Overall it was an amazing experience!  One that I will definitely repeat at some point, I’m just not sure when!  =)

Run happy!

This entry was originally posted here on 5/5/14.

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Six Weeks

Six weeks from today, I will be putting on my running shoes and running in my very first “official” 5k race. I am getting so excited!  Every time I run, I feel like I’m pushing myself a little harder, trying to get a better time.  I’m still pretty slow by runner’s standards, with my best time being about 40 minutes.  But, I look at it this way: last year at this time I was well over 300 pounds and I couldn’t run 50 yards.  I’ve lost over 80 pounds with at least another 100 to go. So I’m a little slow? Not my biggest priority.  Finishing the race is my biggest priority.  I can worry about speed next year.

My next biggest priority is fundraising for the race.  I normally hate fundraising, but for this, I’m making an exception.  I’m running in the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure in memory of my Mother, who lost her fight with cancer almost a year ago.  Losing her was the most devastating thing that’s ever happened to me.  I took my grief and turned it into positive things. The lifestyle change, the running, things I should have done years ago.  I made them happen. 

Another thing that I want to make happen, is to reach my fundraising goal for this race.  Right now I’ve raised $260 of my $500 goal.  With your help, I can make this goal and beyond!  Please help me make this possible!

Should you feel inclined to donate, you may do so here.

Thanks so much!

Chantelle

(This post was originally published at She’s Losing It on April 07, 2013)