Sunday, April 26, 2009

HALF-MARATHON 2!!!!

I survived the Nashville half! It was HOT and HILLY. We drove to Nashville on Friday, and spent the night. The last time I ran a half, I was wearing layers and layers. Complete opposite this time!! I wore some shorts and a sleevless top. I also had a "running pouch" to hold my GU.

Daddy was running the full, but we started out in the same wave. He was with me for about thirty seconds and then he left me! But that was fine. Mile one to three were okay, but it was getting HOT. Around mile six, I was thinking, "I am not going to finish in under two hours!! Can keep running the rest? Am I going to be walking a mile or two? (By the way, I had been walking about every mile and a half or so, when there was a water stop.) Anyway, I guess the GU started to kick in a little or something, because I kept on. Still, after a water stop I'd run about a fourth of a mile, and then I wanted to walk again!!

Somehow I got to mile twelve. One mile left!! Then I dropped my sunglasses (which I wasn't wearing). I was NOT about to stop and pick them up. A minute later, a man gave them back to me!! He had stopped and picked them up!

Finally, finally, I was almost at the finish line. I was SO hot. When I crossed the finish line just seven seconds under two hours!! HURRAY! I was happy with that! Yet right after I finished I wasn't really thinking about my time too much. I could not keep my eyes straight, let alone walk straight!! And I couldn't stop bumping in to people! I wobbled over and got a water bottle. I did NOT want any race food. I remember I was soooo hot.... so I wobbled over to some grass and layed down on my race "blanket". I was trying to catch my breath and not throw up!

About fifteen minutes later, I found Mama and everyone else. (Except Daddy, of course.) As I was talking to her, I would get so out of breath!! I layed down again, though feeling much better. After a looooong long while, with some playing in the grass, taking Leah to the nasty portajohn, and a lot of cheering in the hot sun, we watched Daddy finish!! After we all got together, and Daddy felt like he could walk to the car, we left.

That race was SO HOT, VERY HILLY and VERY HARD, but I'm glad I did it! I may even do it again!
Today, though I am SO SORE!! I have been hobbling around... I can hardly remember the last time I was sore! Oh well...
We all had a great time in Nashville!! I may post some pictures, we'll see. GO RUNNERS!!!!!!!!!!

15 comments:

William said...

I am so proud of you both! I couldn't imagine running in that heat. I'll do well to finish the 10K this Saturday. Megan and I are looking forward to seeing y'all!
-Russ

Megan said...

Such a great post!! I'm so excited for you and Jimmy! You all amaze me! Girl, you know I'd be walking after my ONE MINUTE runs! Ha! Maybe one day, I'll be able to do one of these!

Liesa George said...

I'm so proud of you Olivia.
I admire you.

Have a great Monday!!!

Kate said...

Good job! I would have never been able to do that!! :)

I hope to see you later!

Julie's Journal said...

I'm sooooo happy for you! You did AMAZING!!!
♥Julie

Julie McAfee said...

Way to go Olivia!! You impress me with your ability at such a young age. Taking 5th place in your age group is amazing.

Anna Beth said...

I awarded you! :):):):):):):):)
~AD~



(Aslans daughter)

Kate said...

Hi!
I voted for Kris 324 times last night!! LOL

Margaret or Martha said...

Dear Olivia, we am so proud of you. YOU RAN A HALF MARATHON!!!!Great job!!!By the way,we have blogs!!!!!!! LOVE, Martha and Margaret

Margaret or Martha said...

Anything on the tip of your tongue means,.......something good. love, martha

Margaret or Martha said...

Hi Olivia, I love being a blogger!Tommorrow is the race. love Margaret

Autumn said...

That is quite an accomplishment. You should be proud of yourself!

Claire Newell said...

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Lexie said...

WOW!!!!! That's Great I'm Proud of You!!!!!!!!

Lexie

Claire Newell said...

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