HOLY HALF, I DID IT!

18 Oct

Do you have any idea how hard it is to go to sleep the night before your first half marathon?!? Well, it very hard. I packed all my stuff in a gym bag so in the morning it would be easy to find. I tend to be a scatterbrain on a normal morning…I set the alarm for 5am!!! The coffee was set to go but since I don’t have a fancy coffee maker I had to go push the start button and then I crawled back in bed.

Don’t judge!! It was warm in there. As soon as I heard the coffee finish I got back out of bed, poured a cup of coffee then got on twitter! After I was caffeinated sufficiently, I got ready and my final preparation was this:

Up closest to my watch is the list of ladies running in various races across the great USA.

In the heart are the initials of all my peeps!! People who have supported, encouraged, loved, listened and just generally been there for me in my journey.

1 Milers = @mrsfatass, @lissajoy, @amerrylife ~ we all ran our 1st mile in forever together last year at Fitbloggin.

OC Walkers = several of my girlfriends were in OC walking for a Cure. I usually join them but the date conflicted with my half.

I finally finished getting ready and I got my butt to Atlantic City. AC was crazy busy because of all the marathoners so I waited in traffic before I could park. My first stop after parking was the ladies room which had the longest line in history!! While I waited in line, Marisa found me!

*There may or may not have been jumping up and down and squealing….I’ll never tell!! 😉

Marisa was in AC with her husband celebrating their 15th anniversary!! HUGE WOOT for that accomplishment!! And how cute is it that they were running a 10K to celebrate?!?

Then we headed outside to the starting line. I have seen the boardwalk packed before but nothing like this:

*

Everyone running the 10K, Half and Full Marathons were lined up together and started off on the same course. Marisa and her husband ran with me for the first 3 miles and then we were separated.  It was so amazing to run with such a great friend to start my very first half marathon.  Marisa has a great recap on her blog, go check it out – there was a juggler and she got a picture!

I had to continue down the street toward the marina district. Running through the streets of AC was a very interesting experience – a whole new perspective of a town I have lived near my whole life.  The course took me through marina casino district, up on the expressway bridge onto the actual expressway and through a huge intersection before heading back to the boardwalk. I think I was back on the boardwalk around mile 8 – where I had to run back through the start/finish line area and keep going…in the other direction.

Keep going I did. Around mile 10ish I saw my family! My husband and my daughter and my mom and her boyfriend.

I ran over and hugged Big Man super tight, he told me he was proud of me and I kept going. My daughter ran along side of me for a few blocks then I sent her back to Big Man and I continued on the boardwalk. I only had about a mile before the final turnaround. At that point they told me there was 2 miles left. I was so happy that I would see my family again before the finish line.  Around this point I needed to walk more than I would have liked but I needed the break. My legs thanked me for it and when I saw my family again and my daughter ran again with me for a few blocks.

I love my family and needed them at the point! My daughter gave me the little boost I needed to keep going!

I walked some more but all of the sudden I saw the lights of the finish line and I had an extra boost or something.

Marisa waited for me at the finish line and she snapped this awesome picture:

I was so overwhelmed with emotion. I wanted to cry in the worst way but there were no tears. I guess I had sweat out all the liquid so I could not form any tears. I felt the sobs welling up in me as I crossed the finish line.

Marisa hugged me and took one final picture.

Here is me with my bling:

Thanks Marisa, for running with me and taking all the awesome pictures of such an awesome day!!!

Thanks to all my friends who have supported me in so many, many ways!

I AM A HALF MARATHONER!!!

WOOT!!

Special CONGRATS to all my fellow half marathoners from yesterday: Bari (her first half), Kirsten, Reneee, Lauren, and Lori. (I will link their names to their race reports when I read them)

MUCH LOVE!!!

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31 Responses to “HOLY HALF, I DID IT!”

  1. Kirsten October 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    Woot! Girl. So.effing.proud.of.you! You did great. How far you’ve come in the last couple of months! (btw, the last two pictures aren’t showing up for me! I need to see you with your bling!)

  2. Irene Robertson October 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    Congrats! So proud of you. Can’t see the middle, nor the last 2 photos. I wana see your medal!!

  3. KCLAnderson (Karen) October 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    I have tears of joy in my eyes for you Jen!! YOU are a half-marathoner!

  4. DareToBecome October 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    You and Marisa look so cute in that photo. And my favorite is of you and your daughter. The smile on her face says it all. I am so proud of what you have accomplished. You inspire people to get off the couch and take their own risks. It doesn’t have to be running but it has to be something and you are proof it can be done and fun can be had while doing it. What an awesome day for you and your family.

  5. BK October 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    Congrats Jen!!!! the photo with you and your daughter brought tears to my eyes.. reminded me of my half earlier this year and my son running to me and running through the finish!!!

    You did it!!! Congratulations!!!!

  6. Dr. Mo October 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    What an AWESOME recap of an AMAZING DAY!!! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU, J!! YOU DID IT!!! You FOLLOWED Through!! And you did it WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE!!! You turned a corner…Started a NEW CHAPTER…. YOU ARE A HALF-MARATHONER!!!! *Hugs*
    Love YOU 2 pieces!!!!!
    Dr. Mo

  7. Brooke F October 18, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    woooooohoooooooooo!! great job jen! 🙂

  8. Eddie Lovett October 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    OMG, I have the biggest smile on my face!!! I can feel the excitement in your writing. It was so worth the wait. I’m EXTREMELY proud of you, and you are giving your daughter awesome memories and showing her the power of womanhood! Way to go GIRLFRIEND!

  9. merrymishaps October 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    I love that pic with your daughter — you look so happy, and she looks so proud of you!
    Congratulations!

  10. Nadine October 18, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    You didn’t just do it, you NAILED it. SO proud of your accomplishment, way to set a goal and stick to it. You know the best part is all of your runs are going to feel short in comparison now. Good for you!

  11. shelley October 18, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    congrats- i am soooo proud of you- you inspired me!!!

  12. Loser For Life October 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    Jen, I couldn’t be more excited for you! You did a HALF MARATHON!!! It was such an awesome day. I will never forget it. We made it through those first 3 miles acting silly and having fun! That is what it’s all about! Then, you took off and got ‘er done. So so proud of you!

  13. Anonymous October 19, 2010 at 12:04 am #

    I am so proud of you Jen! Being able to share the experience of our first half marathons was the absolute best. I remember when you didn’t think you would be able to go a mile and look at you now! You are one Bad @$$ Mother! I love that your daughter ran with you for awhile and she gave you the boost you needed to keep moving. So proud! I have tears! Love you girl!

  14. Anonymous October 19, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    I am sooooo proud of you!! I can only imagine how it must feel to run that many miles….maybe some day! You are obviously sooo happy and your daughter looks like a very proud girl!

  15. Lisa_ShrinkingJeans October 19, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    Congrats Jen- you did it!!!!!! I am so very proud of you. Ready to sign up for your next one?!

  16. Lissa_ShrinkingJeans October 19, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    I am so, SO PROUD of you and so honored that you thought of me during your first half-marathon!! MUCH LOVE!!!!

  17. Laurie October 19, 2010 at 1:38 am #

    I am new here, I came over from Marisa’s post. I am all emotional for you, I ran my first 1/2 last March and can really FEEL everything you said. I am SO happy for you. Will read more of your stuff.
    Laurie

  18. Anonymous October 19, 2010 at 2:07 am #

    Congrats Jen! You are a half marathoner! So proud of you!

    I love that your daughter ran with you for a bit! It looks like you had an amazing experience! When’s your next one? 😉

  19. Amanda October 19, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    Way to go–you did it!!! I’m so thrilled for you. I know the high you are feeling and it’s addicting. Have you signed up for your next one yet? 🙂

  20. Katy October 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    I’m so proud of you! I remember getting chills at Fitbloggin’ last year when so many first-time runners did the 5K. Now look at you!

  21. Anonymous October 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Oh, Jen! I am so proud of you! You did an amazing thing on Sunday. I’m so glad you had fun and got something out of it, too!

  22. Anonymous October 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    So proud of you! And I love the picture of you and your daughter running together. 🙂

  23. Patty@NYC Girl at Heart October 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    Congratulations! What a great accomplishment! 🙂

  24. Karena @ Traveling Well October 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    So, so proud of you, Jen! Reading all these reports is choking me up. Love the photo of you running with your daughter — what an amazing memory for both of you, and what a great example you’re setting. Great job!

  25. Trish October 19, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    Yes …you are totally amazing and I am soooooo proud of you!!!!! Much Love!

  26. Kat October 20, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    Congratulations Jen! You Rocked it!!!

  27. Lauren @ Team Giles October 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    JEN JEN JEN JEN!!!!! So proud of you!!!!! You make me smile my face off. You’re amazing. I’m excited I got to share this day with you, even though we were miles away, we still were connected. 🙂

  28. Run Momma Run October 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    Wahoo and congrats on your first half. I say first, because this sort of thing gets addicting. Thanks for finding us on Facebook. I look forward to your input, advice and stories! The pic with your daughter running with you made me tear up. What a doll! ~Laura

  29. kia October 22, 2010 at 6:27 am #

    Congrats on your first half. There is nothing like your first one. I just did a stellar one over the weekend and am proud of it but I am trying to think back to my first one, and yep… nothing like it.

  30. AKA Freak4Fitness October 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    WooHooo GO YOU!! Congratulations! I love how happy you look in your pics!

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  1. FitBloggin » Blog Archive » F4FB – The Girls Share a 3 Day Walk, a Half Marathon and Contest! - October 25, 2010

    […] And I have the bling to prove! it!! I will show you one picture from my race but you can read a full report here.   […]

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