Sunday, July 17, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
My team included Kyle, Johnny, Me, Fred, Kristy and Kara. One of the funnest things about the run is that you get to cheer on your teammates as they run. Our team figured out the perfect way to cheer each other on and would go to certain mile markers and cheer each other on. This was my life saver on my last run. My first run was great. Kyle taught our team about kills, in order to get a kill while you run you just have to pass someone, because I am competitive I didn't like it when people would pass me and "kill" me so I wanted to make sure to keep my pace and pass as many people as I could. On my first run right when I was getting to the pass off point 3 men where trying to pass me. I ran my guts out so they wouldn't pass me and it worked. One of the most memorable part of my runs was Batman. While I was running I saw him in the distance and then before I knew it I was side by side him, because he was running. So after a little convincing I got him to run with me, then he told me his name was Robert. I think Robert may have regretted the decision to let me know his name. By the time he wanted to walk again I was ready to pass him and my last words were you can do it you can run the whole thing, and I got him to say he wasn't going to walk any more. Well for each of my legs I would try to catch up to Robert and tell him to start running (he would run fast, then take breaks and walk). It was really fun and my van would yell encouragement to him as well.
My last leg of the race was the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life (and I am not exaggerating). I had run 10.6 miles so far and I was running on 3-4 hours of sleep (over 2 days). Before I had even started my run my quads were sore. My goal for this race was to RUN the entire thing, no walking. My last leg was mostly an incline from mile 3.5-7.7. I knew it was going to be hard, but I just kept telling myself "I can do hard things" (thanks mom for the quote). At certain points in the race I told myself, just one foot in front of the other. As I started the race I prayed for the strength to be able to not walk. I knew as soon as I started running that this would be a mental game and that I would only walk if I gave into my "natural man". My team was awesome and waited at mile 3, 5 and 6 and gave me gaterado and the cheering I needed to keep it up.
I am so glad I took the challenge to run this race. It was really hard but was so much fun and like Cal stewart says you always remember the hardest things the best! and this was a memeory I will never forget. Who knows I might do one for fun soon:)
Here are the best pictures from the run:
Before we went to Danny's brothers wedding we made a stop in Arizona to visit Danny's best friends Keegan and Spencer (and their wifes). Driving from Kentucky to Arizona wasn't to bad, it was the first time I had been in Missouri, Oklahoma, (2nd time in) Texas, and New Mexico. We were able to stay at my parents house in Chandler Arizona, which has the best kids pool known to man. Lindsey and Keegan were awesome enough to have us for a few days and make us amazing food (turkey burgers and fish tacos).
Danny just finished up working at Unique Management, a library services company. Before his last day we went to the company picnic where morgan was able to get her face painted, she picked a purple butterfly. Which she loved, the next day we found her covered in Marker apparently we are not good at teaching the difference between when it is ok and not ok to paint on ourselves.