Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Halloween Half Marathon

Medals, water, fruit and smiles at the FINISH LINE!!! and BLOOD,SWEAT AND A FEW TEARS!! Our first Half Marathon!!!
Jen and I at the finish line!!!
I was so happy to see Tyler there!!! Cant ya tell!!? I think someone yelled, "Get a room." YES PLEASE!!!
I am so Excited to say I ran my first Half Marathon!! Its something I've always secretly wanted to do,but never thought I would or could! I started running with a few of my friends in June. It started out as a simple run of 3 miles, and getting better over a few weeks. I think once we started actually getting better at this whole running thing, we were quit impressed with ourselves! That's when the talk (while we were running) came about of actually doing a half marathon!

We set our calenders( the Saturday before Halloween) to run the Provo Halloween Half.We started running/training over the summer and that meant shorts and tank tops. Now that the seasons have changed, I needed a whole NEW set of running clothes.( wink ) So, after a few hundred dollars worth of Cold Gear -Under Armor clothing to keep warm in the cold,I was ready to go!!

The race stared early up Provo Canyon. There was a great energy all around us and it was really fun to be part of something so big! People were dressed up for occasion! Some weirder than others! I think there were almost 3000 people running this race. So TONS of people everywhere! Corinne and I ran the whole way together (bless her heart!) She's a great running partner. Jen and Lacie just kind of TAKE OFF... good riddens to them!!! I had plenty of energy and my body felt great.The first 8 miles went fairly fast! And No ankle pains! Provo Canyon is beautiful (Its my favorite) and to run down it in the fall, with the crisp air and the changing of colors is amazing! Anyway, I started to run out of fuel at mile 12.Needless to say, Corinne and I crossed the finish line at 2 hours and 10 minutes (or something close to that.) We ran the whole way! There was such a sense of accomplishment. I Wont lie, I think I shed a little tear at the finish line!

It was hard, fun,exciting, tiring and exhilarating. I was thrilled to see my friends (Jen and Lacie) at the Finish line and so happy to see Tyler there! Were were all just giddy after the race! So now our next stop.....A MARATHON!!!! Just one!! Were going to do this together and I'm excited ( Tyler is less than thrilled.) But I have LOVED running with these three other inspiring women! I have LOVED practicing something, and see my self get better. I have LOVED doing something I never thought I could! I have LOVED pushing myself to extreme tiredness! I HAVE LOVED RUNNING!!!! Who knew?!!!


Liz said...

Oh my gosh you two LOVE BIRDS... quit STEAMING up the SCREEN!! hahahaha!! Just kidding of course, you have EVERY REASON to celebrate!! Congratulations KIMMY! I'm so impressed! Love it that you reached your goal! Can't wait to hear all about the FULL MARATHON!

MP Flory said...

Wow! You are my inspiration!