half or full?

The past few hours have been a whirlwind of emotions.

Last time I left you I was so excited about the possiblity of signing up for the half marathon in DC.

Not only was it on sale, but I would be able to see my friends!!!

In the end, I wasnt able to sign up. At least not at this time. Unfortuantly, that is the weekend I work. And considering it is St Patricks Day weekend, it will be very difficult to trade with someone. I also found that I would proably spend about $ 500 at least for the trip.

And although I could probably find a trade, I don’t know if I will have that amount of money saved up, just for “fun”.

So my excitement, immediately went to sadness and guilt that I was letting my friends down.

Well after MANY emails with Tiffany and Angie, I realized that they weren’t mad that I couldn’t make it.

But we started planning WHAT we COULD do!

And thats when Tiffany signed up for the FULL marathon HERE in st louis!!!! I was so excited again (like I said. Lots of emotions haha)

Well……………Im taking the plung. I signed up for my FIRST FULL marathon.

didnt I just say a few months ago, Im NEVER do a full. Ever. Who would ever do that? how would I find time? I barely have time to train for a half?

Instead. I said screw it and I did it! Ive been in all sorts of races, and all distances. Some I have loved, others not so much. But I am determined to finish this race.

but then again. ask me next summer. The full isn’t until next October. Plenty of time to train right??? haha

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This week I have actually been really proud of the fact that I have been moving my body!

After work on Friday, I completed Jillian Michael’s Yoga video. And then Saturday I went to the gym and ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes. Usually, after work I go home and sit. and eat. But I am desperately trying to lose weight before “marathon training” begins.

(I hope I can keep up this motivation!)

Question for you:

Have you ever said you would never do something, and then turned around and did just that?

Rockin’ and Rollin’ in St Louis

Sunday was the BIG running day!!!

My older brother and I have been running together for about a year and a 1/2 now.p>

  (GO! st louis half marathon 2010)

 This past weekend we ran the VERY FIRST Rock n Roll Marathon in St louis

my cousin, brother, and me before the race!

 My cousin and I ran the half (she killed it!) and my brother ran his VERY FIRST full!

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The morning started at 5am w/ a big bowel of oatmeal, water, and coffee.

My cousin and brother met at my house around 6. And we were off!

After two visits to the bathroom, it was time to line up in Group 9!

At 7:47 the race started, but we didn’t get to the start line till 7: 56!!!!!

I know I was more excited for brother who has attempted TWO TIMES before this to complete the full. And now the time had come for him to do it!!

My brother and I stayed together for the first 8 miles, until the full marathon split the other direction. We saw my parents at mile 5

You can see my brother(in gray) and me (navy and red) in the middle, Im not hiding I promise haha

I was actually running over to give them both a hug. I love spectators!

Those first 8 miles were odd. My brother and I were both feeling ok one minute, then sick the next. Then fine. Then our legs cramped up. It just was all over the place WEIRD 

I then turned left and he went right for the full. I was SO proud of him. So excited that he was finally going to be able to accomplish this dream. He has worked really hard.

My parents, sister in law, uncle, and my brothers friend were stationed throughout the full marathon course. So they were able to make sure he was doing ok and to give support

 

During this time. I was running the final 5.1 miles by myself. I turned my music on and tried to get into a groove. But found myself having off times, and then switched to the runners high. I walked a bit. But I didn’t really push it.

Then at mile 10 I thought. Kristen. This is YOUR run. You are done being the supportive runner (I was actually texting while running. letting my parents and sister in law know where we were, so they could be there for Brian. yep I can run and text haha)

I didn’t do great, but it was faster than GO! st louis half in April. So Ill take it. My time was 2:34. My fastest is 2:04 when Im not pacing a marathoner haha

Afterwards, I got some food and LOTS to drink. And we waited…..

(while showing my dad my cool new medal haha)

 And then he FINALLY came over the hill!

 He was EXTREMELY tired, sore, and worn out. He even said there were times when he didn’t think he could finish.

BUT HE DID!!!!!

It was awesome!

We of course had to take group pictures, because…thats what my family does haha

My brother and sister in law

 Me and my brother

 I was laughing because he was leaning on me for support haha

Yep. you can run a half and full marathon, but then you have to stand and look pretty for about 10 minutes haha

 It really was a great day. I was so proud of my brother. And this was my first rock n roll marathon. I wasn’t that impressed because the bands weren’t as frequent as I thought. But the route was SO much better than GO! St louis in april.

Question for you:

Have you ever raced in a rock n roll marathon?