Running – Holiday Halfathon – FINISHED!
So I’ve been bad, as you all know, and not following my training plan. It definitely made a HUGE difference in my half marathon today – it was the slowest I’ve ever run, I think. LOL! It also didn’t help that I’ve been running in my Vibrams for the past month… right from the start, my feet felt really heavy & odd. By the end of the race, my toes were on fire! Hours later, my feet are still hurting more than anything else.
BUT… I finished it! 3 hours. Pathetic! But I finally got the one medal I’ve wanted to get for years! And yes, I wore funky holiday socks over my regular running socks, as you can see. ;)
There were several folks along the way that helped me out. First, my friend Monica volunteered & was at a couple water stations as I went by – she was awesome, cheering me on! Right around mile 2 or so, I looked up to see Larry – the infamous ‘flip-flop man’ – he was running the race even though he shouldn’t have been running. Just goes to show, runners sometimes throw common sense out the window in order to feed our addiction. :D I just ran with him for a couple of minutes, then dropped my pace back down.
Around mile 5 I ran into a wonderful person, Meredith. I had some bad stomach cramping right then, so dropped out for a bit, but got going again shortly. I caught up to Meredith just past mile 7 – right at my normal turn off point to go home! It was so tempting to just go the one block to home instead of continuing! Meredith & I ran/walked together for the next 4 miles – it was fantastic! I had wanted to give up, but chatting with Meredith really helped me to keep going. A good part of our chat? Me explaining Doctor Who. I’m sure that comes as a huge surprise to anyone that knows me. ROFL! Hey, she asked if I watch a TV show & was shocked when I said I don’t watch TV. Well, except for Doctor Who, of course. So she asked what Doctor Who was… what could I do?! ;)
Just as I turned into the park for the final stretch, there was my Dad, waiting for me with his Dane Rocky. I stopped so Monica could snap a shot of us, then off I went again. Just about 12.5 miles into it, who finds me but my fellow running blogger, J! He ran me in the rest of the way & gave me the extra boost I needed (even though I whined & walked a good part) to get it done. It was awesome to finally meet him – we’ve blog-chatted for years now! LOL I had Monica snap a shot of us, but she hasn’t downloaded them yet. You’re off the hook, J! LOL
I’ve been knitting & crocheting like crazy the past week, of course. I’ve finished several holiday gifts – I have just a couple more things to finish & I’ll be done with my sister & her family’s gifts. I’ve still got the manlets to knit for, as well as my Dad. Still not too many ideas on what I’m going to make him yet, but I haven’t given up just yet! :) Again – suggestions are always appreciated! He’s a man that LOVES to cook, so I’m thinking cooking related gifts will be best.
I’m working on accessories for my nieces and their American Girl dolls. I just finished a matching set of shawls for one twin and am now working to finish a hat/scarf set for the other twin. It’s been fun, making little sized things to match bigger sizes for the girls! :) I also finished the gifts for the BIL, but won’t mention them here in case some family members actually do read my blog. I don’t think they do, but ya just never know! ;)
Today’s Ravelry Search
Some fun for today’s search! Remember, none of these patterns are mine – click each picture to go directly to the Ravelry pattern page!
* Free pattern
Happy Sunday, all!
Congrats on finishing! Running in an outdoor humidifier isn’t easy; humidity makes the last part much more difficult.
Nice meeting you and your friends. Good luck on your next half or… full marathon. :-P
ROFL.. yes, J – I promise, I’ll be running a full one! ;) I’ll see how I feel – I’ll see about shooting for Gasparilla, but I’m not making any promises! My feet finally stopped hurting & I’m not hobbling around the house anymore. I’m thinking I need to pump up the distance in the Vibrams, see if I can run some long runs in them. :D
Congrats on finishing the run, it is so much more than I ever run at once… I love the holiday socks..:-)
And those laced arm warmers… just something my sister would love!
Yes! Those arm warmers would be perfect for her!
I’ve already made a selbu modern hat for her, but this could be something to keep in mind (birthdays, namedays, etc…)
well done on completing the marathon! I’m so impressed! (But I do think you could have shaved a bit off your time if either Mr Tennant or Mr Rickman had been the pace setter!!)
Thanks!! :) ROFL – indeed, yes. Had I had The Doctor or Professor Snape running in front of me, I think I’d have been able to pick up a bit of speed, yes. ;)