Thursday, April 21, 2011

Moms on the Run!

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!

Paige, Janet, Rachelle, Angelica, Joy and Lyndsee---our big night out at Chili's (which was the best that Bastrop had to offer)

Pre-race group shot. My friend, Janet, originally decided to sign up for the race and then talked the rest of us into 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!

Post-Race: Moms on the Run! Paige, Joy, Cheryl, Janet, Rachelle, Angelica, Lyndsee and Lorraine (looking at this picture makes me realize how SHORT I am!)

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!!



Stephanie said...

Way to go! I've always wanted to run a half-marathon. Some day! Congrats on your time!

Tiare said...

Congrats Rachelle! I am way proud of ya! And I can't wait to run the half marathon with you... or well I guess I can because I have A LOT of training to do if I am going to even think about keeping up with you! Super fast runner! :)

Spence Ohana said...

Wow that's awesome, congrats you did awesome!

Tobi said...

Great job Rachelle! I love the name of your group for the marathon.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the amazing accomplishment! If you don't mind, I would love to hear how you trained--both the training itself, and how you managed to find the time to do so! You are an inspiration :)

Barbara Manatee said...

wow! what an amazing accomplishment!! I'm not sure I could ever do something like that! Congrats!!

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Amdy said...

Looks like fun !!

Rachelle said...

Anonymous: I trained with my two friends, Janet and Joy (which made all the difference in the world---when your alarm goes off at 5 am, knowing other people are waiting for you is good motivation to get out of bed!). We started training back in Janurary using the intermediate training schedule on Hal Higdon's website :

We altered it a bit to fit our lifestyles---we did our long runs on Saturday and took Sunday as a rest day. During the week we got up between 5:00 am and 5:45 am (depending on our distance for the day) so that we could be done before all the kids got up. It is a lot of work, but if feels so good to work towards a goal and then accomplish it!

Nurse Heidi said...

I haven't popped in here for a long while (I grew up in the same stake as Jayson...maiden name is Spencer...), but I wanted to congratulate you on rocking your first half marathon! I started running after I had my last little one who is almost exactly the same age as your quints. Nothing beats the feeling of conquering something that's hard and previously felt unattainable. I'm guessing you're coming out to Utah for the UV half marathon? I did the full last year on that course and enjoyed it. If you really catch the bug and want to take another trip to Utah in the fall, the Halloween Half is a really fun course that goes from Aspen Grove down to the Shops at Riverwoods on University Avenue. Very fast downhill course and everyone wears costumes.

Anyway, good for you for taking the time to do something for yourself. My running time is my me time and I protect it fiercely :).