The pain of my blistered feet, throbbing hips and chaffed private parts pale in comparison to the pride I feel in myself that I completed another half marathon. It was a tough race for me today: it was hot, I had to pee the second I crossed the start line and I was not on my game as much as usual because I was still exhausted from my romp in LA a few days ago. But, nevertheless, I crossed the finish line and have a medal to prove it.
Here are my: Top 7 Moments of the Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
1) Vibing off all of the positive energy at the start line, as we waited (for 45 minutes) to cross. I thought about all of the people that I was running for, those who have lost their lives to cancer, those who are struggling and those who are survivors. As my corral reached the start line, Don’t Stop Believin‘ started blaring over the PA system. We all started singing at the top of our lungs and crossed the start line with somethin’ special in our step.
2) Hearing the first band, just before the mile 1 marker, play a cover of “Hard to Handle” by The Black Crowes which just happens to be one of “my songs” with my bestie Amy who I was running in honor of today.
3) Receiving an impromptu mini pep-talk from my TNT coach, Coach James, around mile 5 as we were headed up the 163 freeway. He jumped in the pack and joined us as we ran for awhile, spouting off words of wisdom and inspiration to get us up and over that hill.
4) Using mind over matter, or maybe I should say, mind over bladder, at mile 9, to convince myself I didn’t have to pee and to forge ahead. At one point I said aloud to my running partner, “I am just so uncomfortable!” But as soon as I said it, I realized that every person there was uncomfortable and that I should just suck it up.
5) The woman handing out pretzels at mile 11. Holy sweat balls, it was hot out there and I was dragging. Also, I was hungry and desperately in need of a crunchy, salty carb. Thank you, nice pretzel lady, whoever you are!
6) Catching my first glimpse of SeaWorld around mile 12, feeling the spirit of my dad begin to take over for my own worn out, aching legs. My dad did a lot of work with SeaWorld when he was alive, so I can’t help but think of him whenever I see it. At that moment, a few tears found their way down my face, hidden behind my wicked awesome sunglasses, and my legs just took off. I had a renewed vigor in my step and I was rarin’ to cross that finish line (I think my running partners were wondering what the hell happened to me and why I was all of a sudden speeding up the pace, sorry gals).
7) Crossing the finish line with my running partners, Rachael and Caitlyn and seeing my kids and husband cheering me on from the side. Nothing can beat that feeling (except the obvious and also peeling an avocado in one fell swoop).
Thank you to all my friends and family who helped me cross that finish line in one way or another today, whether you donated money to my fundraising efforts, watched my kids for me while I went on training runs (that’s you, Ms. Elizabeth), or just “liked” one of my Facebook posts about the run, giving motivation to continue, you all greatly helped my own personal journey. Thank you to Team In Training, coaches James, Cheryl and Dave, my sister Laurie, my friend Sarah and my running partners Caitlyn and Rachael. It was an incredible experience!