I Did It!

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I finished my runs! At some points, I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it, but I did. This last run, The Hills and Hollows Half Marathon, was on Saturday, September, 23, 2017 in Valmeyer, IL. It was unbelievably hot. Like crazy-I-didn’t-know-if-I-could-run-anymore hot. My saving grace was my little sister Laura, who ran with me.

Here are my stats from the run:

  • Finished: 2:49:01
  • Average Pace: 12:53/mile
  • Overall: 89 of 119 (75%)
  • Female: 33 of 57 (58%)
  • Division (Female 25-29): 1 of 1 – Seriously?!?!?

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I ran my last race as a Solemate for Girls on the Run St. Louis. That means that I raise money for my run and all of the proceeds go to girls across the St. Louis area so they are financially able to participate in the Girls on the Run program. I love this organization and its mission so much and wanted to do something special to celebrate my last run. I ended up raising $1,070 for Girls on the Run!

As far as the race goes, I knew it was going to be tough. Everyone had told me that. It is a hilly course. What I wasn’t prepared for was the weather. It was in the 80s on race day! My favorite running weather sits at 50 degrees, so adding another 30 degree on to that was miserable.

Laura and I walked a lot of the run, especially the big hill at the end. It was her first half marathon, so we decided to stay together, which I am very thankful for. Although it was my worst time on a run ever, I still am glad that I experienced this run with my sister. It was  hard and hot and uncomfortable, but sometimes that is when you grow the most.

I have learned so much about myself over the last year and a lot of that is thanks to this running challenge that I set for myself. Here are a few of my key takeaways:

  • Enjoy the journey
  • Be kind to yourself – both physically and mentally
  • Cherish your support system
  • Welcome the uncomfortable
  • Find the fun in everything

Every race I didn’t wasn’t PRs and tears of joy. A lot of them were painful and tears of disappointment or frustration. I want to thank everyone who supported me throughout the past year. You know who you are. I couldn’t have done it without you.

I love you all and keep running!

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