Done! Another 13.1 mile race. Training began for me…July 30th. My pace…still over 3 hours. I walked the hills, and mile 10 and 11. The weather was perfect. It started out a little cool but that was okay. There were 8,200 that registered for both the half and full marathons. In the end, 4,800 half marathoners and 1000 full marathoners finished. Here’s a news clip about the race. And another news clip from NBC affiliate. Here’s the KC Star Article.
It was a great day. Jim and Alex were there along with two of my sisters, Dolores and Mary Jo and Dolores’s granddaughter, Hunter. Having them there made it that much more special.
Here’s some video Alex took as we approach mile 3
Here’s video of me approaching the finish line and passing by my family.
See pictures that Jim and Alex took during the race at my website.
This race had so much more meaning/purpose as I ran on the LIFE Runners Team. We all raised money for two pregnancy care centers. The total raised from the team was $35,000. Thanks to all those who sponsored me and others! Your sacrifice will save a lot of lives and change many hearts and minds. Also, thanks to the Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas More and St. Catherine’s parishes for the meals and hospitality. It was wonderful and meant a lot to all of us on the team!
One of my LIFE Runner team mates who was from Little Rock, Arkansas, waved at and thanked every volunteer and police officer he passed. What stunned me was that I found out later he was in his 70’s. I still finished in back of the pack…but I finished and am a better person for doing so due to my mental, spiritual and physical training.
Training for the next race…starts in 2 weeks. I plan to run in the St. Louis Half Marathon in October 2012. Also…the date has been set for next springs More/fitness Magazine Half Marathon – April 15, 2012. I love that race – it runs through Central Park and is the largest “women’s” half marathon. Who knows…if I begin training now I may be able to improve my pace for that one plus the St. Louis race in October.
My feet, ankles and legs are a little swelled, I’m still really tired today too. A few hours after the race I developed a migraine and severe nausea set in with the exhaustion that I experienced after the last race. The kind of exhaustion that you feel when you can’t keep your eyes open. I kept trying to send emails and would wake up holding my phone and an unfinished email would be staring me in the face. The migraine and nausea did finally subside after about 6 hours. My toes were spared the banging they took in the last half marathon, but I really taped them up. I also used some K tape on my knee which helped keep it in place. Some of the tape came loose but I just pulled that off and left the rest – worked well. It took me most of the roll to get it on correctly or at least close to such. It caused me to run late so I didn’t make the 6:25 morning prayer and team picture at Union Station. 😦 I still made it to the start of the race at 6:35 for the 7:05 start.
I didn’t run with my Camelbak – instead used a water bottle and refilled it with the help of a very nice volunteer. I prayed through out most of the race and offered up exhaustion and pain for pregnant women in need, the children they carry and my family.
I am so thankful that I am able to cross a finish line and will continue doing so as long as my body will cooperate.
Thanks to my family, friends, sponsors and team mates for the great support! It was another wonderful experience and I look forward to the next.
Have a great day!