Thursday, February 16, 2012

Austin Marathon Anniversary

I can hardly believe that a whole year has passed since I went to pick up my first marathon bib!

Clearly I was very excited and extremely nervous with anticipation.   I had no idea what to REALLY expect.  26.2 miles was unknown territory.

It was my first race I ran with Julie and now we've probably run a dozen "together" (we always run our own races, but go together).

Running the race was tough (I won't lie), but what I'm most proud of is what I went through to get there (and it was a lot).  I also ran the race all alone, I didn't see anyone I knew along the course (nor did I high five any bananas).  It was just me, myself and I.  I did it!  No one else.

When I crossed the finish line, I was incredibly happy and extremely proud.

I even managed to make my stretch goal of finishing in under five hours (my only real goal was to just finish).

In just three days, I'll be out on that course again, this time running just 13.1 miles, and I hope the ending is as sweet!

Can't wait to see you again, Austin!


Kelly said...

good luck. I have another friend running her first marathon this weekend. It must be the perfect course for 1st timers :)

Kortni said...

You will be great! Have fun and run hard!

T,D and C said...

Best of luck...our thoughts will be with you!

Jill Ellingson said...

This is awesome! You had great race pictures! How sweet to go back and run the half...what great memories. Enjoy!

robringer said...

Good luck!! Hey i signed up for the marathon relay this year. trying to motivate a few friends from work who have never run a day in their lives...i am taking the longest leg...6.7miles.

JulietteHarmon said...

We've come a long way, haven't we? TQM..

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