Last Saturday I ran my first ever half-marathon! It has been a goal of mine for several years, so I am glad I finally got to do it! Several of my friends also ran in the marathon. The race course was at the Hyatt Lost Pines resort, which is about an hour from where we live, so the night before several of us drove down and stayed in a hotel overnight. It was so much fun just driving down, eating dinner and hanging out with my friends KID-FREE!
Pre-race group shot. My friend, Janet, originally decided to sign up for the race and then talked the rest of us into it...as more and more people joined us, we decided to get matching shirts and officially call ourselves the "Moms on the Run"
And we're off... Coincidentally, my friend Kristen Duke also ran the race. (Kristen is the amazing photographer that has taken so many pictures of my family) She ran with a camera (of course!) so I snagged this picture from her blog.
When we signed up for the race, the Zooma website described it as "challenging", but we really had NO IDEA what we were getting ourselves into. The course was VERY hilly. This is the elevation map taken from GPS watch during the race! (ignore the initial drop at the very beginning--the satellite hadn't found us yet!)
The race was hard, but it felt AMAZING to finish! My final time was 2 hours 7 minutes, (about 9:44 min/mile) which was better than I was hoping for. I came in 479th of 1390 runners. I absolutely gave it my all---by the time I finished, I didn't think I could take another step!
I have actually signed up for another half-marathon in Utah in June. I will be running with my Dad and sister, Tiare, and I am really looking forward to it!!