Happy Friday!! I hope you all had a wonderful week!
Spotify Playlists this week:
- Amy Winehouse
- Imagine Dragons
- Mumford & Sons
Well, I apologize for not being around this week. It’s been very hectic. I planned on blogging on my trip this past weekend, but time got the best of me and I wasn’t able to get them scheduled 😦
No matter, I would like to recap you on my successful weekend. Being away from home always brings a bit of a stress when you don’t get to go home often. I had a pretty scheduled weekend with many “to-dos” all that were amazing and so much fun!
Friday- GT Stallions Football Game
Wake up Call: 5:15 AM (Investor Meeting at SAC)
Even with the delay at the airport (I had a connection too which made me miss my flight!) I got home to watch my Dad’s football game and the good old football field.
Note: My parents laugh about me getting married on the 50 yard line at this field. They’ve even mentioned that the bridesmaids can wear cleats. (Gotta love their creative energy)
Wake up Call: 4:30 AM
Objective: Hydrate, Hydrate…keep the legs moving.
We departed for Boston to watch my brother play. Now, I know this is bad but it was my first time watching him since he joined the team his freshman year (he’s a senior). After I got over the fact that I was a terrible sister, it was a lot of fun to see him on the field. I’m SO proud of him. AND my parents who have coined a tailgating crew to hang out with them before and after the game (Again…gotta love them.)
Becker college is a beautiful campus, you can see the beautiful leaves changing colors in the background.
Into Sunday..RACE DAY!
Wake Up Call: 5:45 AM
Breakfast: English Muffin with Crunchy Peanut Butter
And here it was, I was getting pretty nervous! My uncle drove Tim and I to Atlantic City (we stayed in Ocean City) that morning. Tim looked great, we joked about the next 13 miles and waited in the Casino until after the National Anthem to keep warm.
Got to the start line and 10 minutes later we were off. The course was…interesting. I kept telling people it was going to be completely flat but actually it was NOT. Luckily, I had done some training on hills in Charlotte (Charlotte people know that it’s really really hilly here) and kept on following a pacer. Tim has a much longer stride than me..so he was gone at mile 5 and then I started stretching my legs too! I just kept my eye on the 9:10 Sign!
I was so great until mile 9 when we hit the boardwalk. Why? Because I swear it’s an optical illusion. We ran PAST the finish line and then continued on. Mile 11, OUCH…my legs were hurting and my entire bottom leg was cramping but I just keep going. (At this point, I don’t have an explanation other than I refused to not run) Mile 12- CRACK. Yep, my left leg cracked. I have never been so scared. I stopped for a second, realized that my leg was still there and kept going. That’s when I turned to a girl that was running my pace, we kept running next to each other and then would lose each other. I stopped and told her I was running with her to the finish line and we both pushed each other. It was awesome! She was great!
Getting to the finish line and seeing that I was 10 minutes earlier than my PR was unheard of. I wish I could have pushed myself just a bit more to get 2:09, but I’ll take the 2:10 anytime. It shows that you can do it. I did not have any confidence in myself but everyone around me kept saying, “I’ll be okay,” etc.
Tim did amazing! He finished at 2:03!! And it was his FIRST! So proud of him and his enthusiasm. I really couldn’t have done it without him! It was worth everything when I crossed the finish line and then we toasted to our free beers 🙂
And then…our group of cheerleaders! Woohoo! Matt, my cousin, and Crysta and Nick joined Aedin, my parents and my aunt and uncle at the finish line. How awesome! Again…having that support group is amazing. I couldn’t have finished without Tim and our wonderful and awesome friends and family.
The marathon was awesome, organized and fun. Even better, there are TONS of places to go to in Atlantic City! We decided to celebrate with Guinness at RiRa’s in Tropicana. YES!! It was well worth it!
So here are the things I’ve learned:
- Hydrating so much the day before HELPED
- Having a support group is critical.
- Atlantic City is NOT flat like you may assume
- Run a race that is a Boston Qualifier…it’s alot of fun and changes the vibe.
- Running with family members is awesome. I can’t thank Tim enough for convincing me this was a good idea, I had so much fun.
- And finally….
Drinking a Guinness afterwards…priceless.
So needless to say…my weekend was awesome. It was great to see everyone, see my family, see my brother and hang out with my parents all weekend. Even more, it was great to accomplish such a feat! It just shows that when you put your mind to something- you CAN AND WILL do it.
Thank you to everyone for your support. The texts, tweets, messages and support made it even more fun. Now…on to my next goal…hmmm…..any suggestions on my next goal?
“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” – Oprah
“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” -William Faulkner