Saturday, January 29, 2011


I did it. And I'm still alive.
I have a blister the size of a penny on the bottom of my foot. But I'm alive.

I had pulled my right calf muscle a few days ago, wearing a wedge heel in our rocks out front, but I had my therapist husband work on it for the past few days and it felt 100% the whole race.

So... if you ever need a good therapist.... let me know.

The race was fun! I got there with only a half hour before start time and wandered around for a good 15 minutes trying to find the tent my running chums had set up. Then I went from port-a-john line to port-a-john line trying to find the fastest one and was absolutely SURE I would miss the start of the race. I was still in line for the bathroom at 7:56 (race started at 8am). Luckily their clock was slow (either that or I'm a super fast pee-er and shoe tie-er) and I made it to the start just in time. So there was practically NO TIME AT ALL to get all worked up and nervous.

The course out at Schnepf Farms is basically that........ a course around farms, or the fields of the farm anyway. I prefer running on dirt so it was fine by me.

They had mile markers all along the way but I was able to keep track of my time and distance on my own because of the awesome Christmas gift Jeff gave me.
Behold..... a Garmin Forerunner 110:
I LOVE IT! It's a GPS watch that basically connects with satellites to track your distance. It times how long it took you to run and your overall and per mile pace for the distance as well. Amazing.

But to get to the point. My hope was to run the 13.1 miles in the 1:30 to 1:40 range and I DID IT!!

My time was 1 hour 33 minutes.
Or another way to say it would be 93 minutes.
Which is the EXACT time that my friend, Rob, predicted on the previous post's comments.
Rob -- How in the world did you do that????!!!!!

So, yay!! I made my goal.
But...... double yay......... I won overall female!!
Can you believe that?
As much as I want to be incredibly happy for myself, it really all depends on who's running that year. Last year the first female finished in 1 hour 16 minutes. Crazy!

It was fun though. I won a plaque and $150 certificate for a new pair of shoes.

Jeff and the boys were at the finish and it meant a lot to have them there. This year, in addition to the bounce houses and helicopter, they brought out live reptiles for the kids to pet.
Griffin, Kai, and Treyson LOVED that part!
--Along with all the free candy and balloons they handed out at the booths, of course. --

Thanks for your support everyone!


Jasmyn said...

of course you won overall female....on your very. first. 1/2 marathon!!!! Seriously, you amaze me! (not jealous at all, seriously) Oh yah, I was right on my last comment, too :)

Rob said...

That is an awesome time! You would smoke me. A crazy lucky guess. I was hoping I didn't put all kinds of pressure on you if you were going to finish in 2 1/2 hours or something. Put I probably just motivated you. I take all the credit.

Shirl and Bill said...

Great job Carolyn!!! Looks fun.
Jeff, I have this back thing????haha

The Gardners said...

Wow! You don't mess around when it comes to running. Way to GO!!

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Jillian Crockett said...

I am so stinking proud of you!! Wish I was there to run with you. . . Haha! Yeah right!! I do wish I was there to watch you though. Also, so I could have seen the reptiles too! Gross.