Saturday, May 14, 2011

how i celebrated my 29 birthday.... 13.1 miles

I never, ever thought I'd be doing this. Run a half marathon? Yeah right!
But turning 29 kinda changed that.
I was tired of telling myself that I'm not strong enough, not conditioned enough, not capable. That there's something I can't do.
So I started training.  It wasn't easy, there's always an excuse not to.  I'm still too busy moving in.  It's too cold outside.  Troy's not home.
But I had a goal and I found a way.  I was not giving up or letting myself quit.
I instructed my husband to tell me I couldn't do it. Just to hear myself say I can. haha
(he knew I would)
It's amazing what your body can do when you try.  When you push.  When you don't give up. Sometimes even feel a little pain.
Surprisingly I didn't do it to get in better shape, to lose weight, or as the start to a new regimen.  For me it was a mind game.
A negative mentally that I wanted to overcome.
 I ran at a leisurely pace. I wanted to take in and savor the whole experience. So I took my phone camera with me and documented my experience in pictures, so I would never forget how awesome it felt!
And I did it. 2 hours and 15 min, which is not spectacular but I reached my goal which was not to stop.
I loved people like her. Who encouraged us to keep going.
And people like this. More cowbell please!
This guy just made me laugh. And run faster...
And music! I had the best playlist....
Dark Blue by Jack's Mannequin
Dreams by Van Halen
Off He Goes by Pearl Jam
My Best Theory by Jimmy Eat World
I Run to You by Lady A
Back to December by Taylor Swift
Long Sermon by Brad Paisley
Back Where I Come From by Kenny Chesney
Wide Open Spaces by The Dixie Chicks
Me and God by Josh Turner
Livin on Love by Alan Jackson
Just a Dream by Nelly
Roll With It by Easton Corbin
You Find Out Who Your Friends Are by Tracy Lawrence
Magic by Ben Folds Five
Salvation by the Cranberries
Don't Tell Me by Avril Lavigne
Carrying You Love With Me by George Strait
New Strings by Miranda Lambert
Whatever You Like by TI name a few of my favorites.
Thanks to my gal pals who let me run with them. And to those who encouraged me in random ways to do this! It was awesome!
My last goal...
try to catch the old guy. Don't let him beat me to the finish line! Run!!!
He's beating me! No!!!
I didn't beat him.


  1. What am awesome way to celebrate your 29th! Way to go!!

  2. wahoo!!! congrats! What a great accomplishment and incredibly motivating as I begin training again. way to go!

  3. I LOVE your new blog! It looks great!

    You rock! I would love to run a half marathon. Heck a full marathon. But I am still too busy coming up with excuses. The first one... I hate running! ha ha But I really would like to start sometime. I bet it felt good to finish and know that you accomplished your goal! Good Job!

  4. Whoot! Whoot! Good Job!! What an accomplishment!! ; )

  5. jey girl, you ROCK!!!! yei,
    Congratulations to you, and your family for supporting you!
    rgds, dalyse

  6. Way to go Rachel! Holly and I are planning to run a half together next summer. We will have to get some advice from you.

  7. I'm running one on my 34th My time is going to be much slower than yours was!


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