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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Moab’s weather has been beautiful for the past several days. Today it went up to 70°F. Yesterday, too.
For the last two days, we’ve been doing yard work. As any of you with a sizable yard and lots of trees know, this isn’t a quick chore. We’ve cleaned up most of the leaves, and I cleaned out the flower beds, where there are already tulips, daffodils and hyacinths poking through the soil.
Below is my back yard flower bed, where last spring, I moved as many bulbs from all other beds as I could. What you see poking up in the first picture are bearded irises. A lovely peach color.
I also gave this Juniper tree in the middle of the back yard a haircut. Now it looks like a tree! Yay! Photos below are before and after.
I was happy to see that my little Mother’s Day rosebush from Chris made it through the winter. I planted it in the ground last summer, and it’s been struggling, but it looks like it’s going to do well this year.
Here’s a view of the gorgeous day, looking toward our neighbor to the southeast.
That was all yesterday. Today, we raked all the leaves from the front yard. Whew. Glad THAT’S over. Oh, and check out my trophy blisters!
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