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Sunday, October 5, 2008

WE DID IT!!!

Yep, my first half-marathon (13 miles) and yes it was great. This is Jan and I at the finish. Below is the guy who got me motivated back in May when I was complaining about being "out of shape". I signed up in that weak moment, Jan became my personal trainer and here we are in Leavenworth with 1000 other excited people awaiting the start. I was excited for it to be OVER--and couldn't understand the hype. At the end of this blog I'll share my "post-race" thoughts. Here we are before the race. This was Justin's 2nd marathon in 7 days! The other in Akron, Ohio. That's on his blog.

Justin attaching my number. Below Susie who is so excited--you can just see it in her! I wasn't sharing her glee at this point! I think there were 15 or so of us.

Coming into the finish line. Jan said, "Ok--give it your final kick!"--I said, "I have NO kick left", but with all the clapping--you do get something to look a bit more heroic as you cross the finish line. If they'd seen you at mile 11- well nothing too glamorous about all that sweat! We ran
quite a bit of it--really surprised us both. Not that Jan couldn't--she's an old pro, but that I could. I think I wanted it to be over with sooner! It was actually easier for me than walking fast. It was awfully neat to see Terry there!



Melissa (middle, white shirt) was a great organizer of this event for the 16 of us. She planned our KOA accomodations, snacks, coffee and encouragement--thanks, Melissa!

A massage at the end--wow, bliss! Terry , Jan and I (Gary wasn't able to come) had wonderful brats/kraut and German potato salad at the Gypsy in Leavenworth--highly recommended!
Leavenworth's October Fest is not the time to try to park downtown.

A Starbucks stop, then a beautiful trip back across HWY 2. the colors were AMAZING.
Thoughts about "marathoning"
*the hype?--well that's all about the finish line(good spiritual lesson here)!
*having a personal trainer and encourager (like Jan)--makes it happen! Thanks Jan!
*training and getting ready is NOT overrated!
*slow and steady sure does work.
*there are people on the road who are annoyed with you but you don't care and you're not even upset with them.
*you'd better not talk about it all the time now or you'll have no friends!

18 comments:

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Kent, Melisa,Tiana (and Coda) said...

Donna, I'm so glad that you had a good time! It was awesome to see you cross the finish line -- and I like your spiritual train of thought on that one! I hope that this is just the first of many more for you! :) Thanks for sharing the pictures, too, since I didn't lug my big camera along!

Boyd Family said...

YOU ARE AWESOME! We are so proud of you! We tried to give you a call last night from the cabin but my cell would not go through...we were sure thinking of you yesterday morning! Enjoy a fews days of relaxation would you!

sonicboom105 said...

Hip Hip Hooray for Auntie Donna!!!! We are so proud of you too, and you're inspiring us, I mean, Dan, for next year!

Justin said...

Congrats Mom! You made me proud :) And now that it's over we say now what? I'm wondering if we might as well just stay in shape for next year!

Troy and Lisa said...

Congratulations, Auntie Donna! Such an impressive feat! We were thinking of you yesterday, too. Enjoy your rest the next few days...

Log home living said...

Thanks ALL of you for your support! Yep, Justin, I'm thinking that the reason I started this whole thing is to feel better and take better care of myself--so forward ho! Jan is already talking Nookachamps up here in Jan. Let us know and we can put it together this time. Ya'll can stay with us and Jan promises pumpkin soup after! --and for support crew too! They are most of the reason we love the finish line!

Kelly and Janae said...

wow- mom- don't know what else to add. SO PROUD of you too! thanks for adding lots of photos, looked like a beautiful day, in a fall sort of way.

Naomi said...

Way to go! That is very inspiring!

ryan and kristi said...

whoa, girl! you done good! :-)

GretchenAnn said...

way to go little mama!! =)

The Read family said...

Wow, awesome job! I am inspired!

Jan said...

Donna, you really amazed me. I just had the best time running this race with you. It was great to experience it with you. But now that you have a PR you are in training to beat it. Grrrr.
See you on the trail.

p.s. you can talk about it with me all you want!

THIS 'N THAT FROM THE COUNTRY said...

You go girl!! Wow! Great pics and it looks like you really had a blast (for the most part). You've just about inspired me..........

Red Thread said...

How exciting to hop back on your blog, just to find out you ran a half marathon! Truly amazing, and so inspiring, like others have said. Way to go!!!

DLJM said...

Congratulations - looks like you all had a really good time!

Sandra Ramey said...

Donna,
I am soooo very proud of you! That is a great accomplishment! I am working very hard at my fitness too and Dave is still running like he has for a long time. Shauna and he are running a half-marathon on Nov22 in Eugene. I do the 5 K but haven't gone any farther. Next spring I am running in the Pear blossom race in Medford and doing the 5K...maybe I can up the pace and run the 10 K???

Sandra Ramey said...

Donna,
I am soooo very proud of you! That is a great accomplishment! I am working very hard at my fitness too and Dave is still running like he has for a long time. Shauna and he are running a half-marathon on Nov22 in Eugene. I do the 5 K but haven't gone any farther. Next spring I am running in the Pear blossom race in Medford and doing the 5K...maybe I can up the pace and run the 10 K???