Monday, December 3, 2012

St. Jude Half Marathon

This past Saturday I ran the St. Jude Marathon Half Marathon.  The weather could not have been more perfect - it was sunny and a high of 68 in Memphis that day with a temp around 60 when the race started.  I picked up my race bib on Friday:

 Looking at this bib was kinda depressing since I was registered for the full marathon and was not going to be running that race.  Sigh.

To make myself feel better I bought myself this sticker for my car at the expo.  I like how the "." is the St. Jude logo.  Running through the campus during the race was enough to move me to tears; those kids are SO inspirational!

And to have a little fun I got a manicure on Friday and got my nails painted to match my top.

Saturday morning I was feeling great and the foot really held up.  I had the stomach bug last Wednesday so I could tell dehydration hit me around mile 9 when my vision got a little blurry but a quick stop at the Powerade station helped with that.  There were around 18,000 runners Saturday so needless to say, it was a bit crowded in places and I got a slower start than I wanted but I still finished in a respectable 2:39.

This is me and my friend Laura post race in front of the Christmas tree at AutoZone Park (where the finish line was)

Because I did not finish the race I registered for I did not receive an official time for the race but I DID receive a half marathon finishers medal - I guess I can live with that ;)

Next year I have decided to run as a St. Jude Hero and raise more money for the hospital.  It was just inspiring to see those kids out there cheering for us when they had been through so much - I figure running 13.1 was the LEAST I could do after all they'd been through!

Highlight of my day, however, had to be seeing Samantha after the race while I was wearing my medal and she exclaims:  "Mommy, you WON!!!"  Well, not for real but in her heart I am always a winner :)