Way back in December (2014), I posted about getting new shoes, and interest in learning to run (post can be found HERE). Almost immediately after that post, I received an e-mail from my friend Audrey (who is actually a runner) asking if I wanted to sign up and do a half Marathon this year. I agreed, without giving it much thought.
I signed up and paid my fees in February, and then proceeded to spend my year NOT training much. I did, however, discover that
#1: I don’t love running. I love riding my bike, and felt guilty every time I so much as looked at my bike because “I should be running, dammit”, and I’d end up not doing much of either.
#2: ‘Runner’s High’ is real. For every run I did over the past year, as much as I hated it while it was happening, when I was done running, I felt GREAT!
The pinnacle of this second discovery came after finishing this half Marathon, and immediately telling Audrey that I would run The Other Half again next year with her, if she wanted to. What else could possibly make my sore, broken body tell her this except my adrenaline-addled brain?!
So, the nitty-gritty:
My official results
Here’s my race jersey, and finisher’s medal (which I have discovered is also a magnet, and a bottle opener!)
These are just some of the 1005 people milling around the start line area before the race
During the race (the first one is one that I took with Audrey’s phone – that’s her in front of me in purple, and the second one is from the professional photographer on the course. I bit the bullet, and bought 2 photos from them.)
The finish line picture is the other one I bought. I liked it.
Two selfies from after the race – “Look!” they say. “I’m still alive!”
I’m actually kind of looking forward to doing it again, but next year, I’ll do it better. Yay!
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I read a ‘blog post somewhere online recently that talked about building dozens of tiny metal Ferris wheels to combat depression (or something like that…if I could remember where it was, I’d link to it, because I liked the post). In any case, I loved the idea of the tiny metal models, and ordered myself a Ferris wheel on Amazon. It was really so much tinier than I could have imagined.
Here’s the packaging, before being opened.
Here are the instructions, and the parts.
…and here are the parts after I snipped them all out of their ‘carrier metal’. Those are jewelry makers’ pliers and dykes, by the way – very small.
Awww. Look at the cute little pieces that will become 20 individual unimaginably tiny passenger cars!
I really enjoyed building this little sucker. I want to get more of their little metal models now!
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