Monday, April 21, 2008

My thoughts on the Salt Lake Half Marathon 2008

Saturday, April 19th


























Let's just say it was a lot of running.

We had a late start since our shuttle got there just as the race started. The wall of runners was cool to see but it was a little sad not being in it. It would of been easy to go faster than we should with everyone around and the excitement. There weren't many runners behind us so we were able to go at our own pace and keep it up the whole time. Another of the benefits of being last was that we kept passing everyone in front of us and mentally it felt good.

I felt really good up to the 10th mile. The last three miles were really hard. The last mile was painful and emotional but I knew if I stopped I wouldn't be able to start jogging again. So I kept going at the same pace, and booked it right at the end. The crowd cheering on both sides was encouraging.

I ran with a friend and her friend. It was really good at the beginning but towards the end we were all feeling differently and needing different things. One needed to stop, I needed to go. But, we all ended up finishing really close together.

Chris and the boys met up with us at the half way mark and a couple of other places thereafter. Way to go fam!!! Others around as well as myself were picked up by their support. It was awesome and kept me going.

Just as I was doing the last couple miles the first full marathon runners passed us. It was amazing. What athletes!

I'm feeling pretty good today. I've taken it REALLY easy. After Chris left on business yesterday, I put the kids to bed shamefully early and delved into the Kite Runner. I don't know how anyone can read that book in public, I cried like a baby. Any book that gives me a headache isn't my favorite, but it was a good read regardless.

The same friend is now conning me into doing the Provo half in the summer. We were told it was beautiful. Now that I know what to expect I would love to improve on my time. We'll see......

11 comments:

lettieb said...

Woo-Hoo! Way to go Nancy! I went out running after most of the mob had passed and I saw some of the people at the tail end of the race. Too bad I didn't go earlier or I might have seen you!
That's really exciting though! Congratulations!

Natalie Jensen said...

Good job Nancy! I started back at the gym today and though I will never be a runner, I hope to do something long distance some day. Keep on going! I am sorry I completely spaced calling you last week. My hubby was out of town, which would have been a great time to hang out. I was having a rotten and emotional week and I wouldn't have been good company. We need to get together soon.

emily Redd said...

Way to go Nancy! I am truly inspired by you! You are a true athlete and so awesome! I was cheering for you here on Solena Way....I didn't forget that you were running! yeah!! I am proud of you!!

Chris said...

Yeah Nancy! You were awesome. The boys and I loved chasing you around the race in the car. Fortunately, when I lost Levi, in the crowd of 1000's of peeps, we were able to find him 10 minutes later.

I'm inspired now, ran 5 miles this morning, unfortunately, a portion of it was cuz the moose was chasing me. Story for another time.

Chris said...

Lemme change that second line...You ARE awesome!

the narrator said...

good job sis!

Sara C. said...

I will say it again, you are my hero! Way to go. Reed is doing an olympic triathalon in Logan in June, and then one here in ID in August. He is trying to convince me to join him, one of these days. Of course that all seems unattainable at this point, having had a baby 2 weeks ago and very much still in the zombie zone. Next year. . . maybe!

The Cundick 5 said...

Nancy, way to go! That is so AWESOME!! I had no idea that you were running the SL Marathon KUDOS to you!!!

The Cundick 5 said...

Oh, and I love the new blog!!!

jkziel said...

go Nancy!

VAgirlinUT said...

You are awesome! I totally loved training and running with you. It was very motivating. And let's not say that I am conning you, let's just say I am being persuasive, because I know you really want to do it anyway! I wonder how much faster we can get...?!