Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. - 1 Cor 9:24-27

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Virtual "Half & Half" Race - Half Marathon

One of the running blogs that I follow, Mom of 3, hosted a virtual "Half & Half" Race this week.  The distance was either a half marathon or half of a 10K (5K).  I choose the half marathon since it flowed with my training plan.

My alarm went off at 5 am and I'm sorry to say that I hit the snooze button.  I wanted to be out the door early to beat the temperature, but Lots of Hair was up most of the night.  I think she has more teeth coming in because nursing her wasn't working and 'magic milk' usually works.

When I did get up, I ate a G1 bar (Oatmeal Raisin) and drank some water before getting dressed.  I had my Camelbak waist pack ready to go with GU Chomps and Berry Nuun.  Thank you Teamarcia for the GU Chomps that I won in her giveaway, among many other fabulous prizes.  Thank you to my little sister for the Nuun.

self portrait before the run

At 6:23, I was running.  I set Gunner, my virtual running partner, at a 11:00 pace.  I wanted to attempt a PR (Personal Record) even though the course was much hillier than my first half marathon.

Since I am the only one running this course, I though that you would enjoy viewing what I saw at each mile.
I didn't come up with this idea on my own; a super cool runner had the idea.

Mile 1:  10:14

Mile2:  10:17

Mile3:  11:07

Mile 4:  11:11

Mile 5:  11:37

Mile 6:  11:11

A good spot to turn around.  Don't you think?

Mile 7:  11:28

Mile 8:  10:56

Mile 9:  11:13

Mile 10:  11:03

wild turkeys crossing the road

Mile 11:  11:18

Mile 12:  10:42

Mile 13:  11:24
The 'finish line' is at the top of this hill.  Needless to say, I had a hard time sprinting to the finish.  I ran and didn't walk until after my garmin read 13.1 miles.


I did it!!!
Thank you to Mr. T for the afterglow photo.

Time:  2:25:16
PR!!!  Beat my first half marathon by 13 seconds!

Now, to wait to see how I placed...
 The proof:

Cooling off with the family in one of our local lakes and soaking my tired legs:


  1. You are a godly go-getter! Loved reading this. How long have you been running? I didn't know you were a runner around the time I met you a number of years ago. Keep it up. You look so vibrant and healthy!!!

  2. Wow! Congrads!!! You don't need me to pace you. You are awesome. A great recap. really like the mile to mile recap.

  3. Rebecca,

    I started running in November 2009. I used a run/walk method; 1 min run / 2 min walk for only 20 minutes at the beginning.


    You are so sweet. I thought about you a lot on my run. Especially around mile 8 ... sport beans. =)

  4. Fantastic recap! I love the photos at every mile!

  5. Congrats! And what a beautiful part of the country you live in!

  6. Love the pictures, what a beautiful place. The after photo is AWESOME