|I always have to set my race gear out the night before to ensure I have everything I need.|
|Pre-race photo with the sign my son made for me.|
Race day weather for the Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Half-Marathon was perfect in the 50's and slightly overcast. My race goal was to run the whole 13.1 miles instead of the run/walk combination that I have always done. Mission accomplished! I can now officially say that I have "run" a half-marathon! The funny part was that my time was exactly the same as if I'd done my walk/run combo.
|My finisher medal.|
|My race belt to honor my friends and family.|
- Be GOOD
- "Stop the bus, I have to get off!" I advise you not to leave your purse in the rental car you just returned.
- The Arizona State Trooper who looked at me and first words were "I already know what the problem is." Who makes cars that don't come with automatic headlights? Apparently Ford Fusion...(I didn't get a ticket).
- "Oh, I'm going to win that one!" (And I did win the raffle!)
- "Thank God the flight is delayed." Because if it hadn't, we would have missed our flight.
- Puppy parade announcing our arrival...and departure...and any body movement...breathing....
- Shall we all share some antioxidants? We did enjoy my raffle prize of wine and chocolate.
- "Before I got on him." Don't ask. You don't want to know.
- MIM- I highly recommend going to this museum if you are ever in the Phoenix area.
- "These are the best potatoes I've ever had in my whole life and I've had a lot of life."
- "Nobody gets a shirt that says I just ran 11.8 miles." A quote from one of my coaches who was running beside me, giving me a rundown of the elevation for the final distance while ringing a cow bell the whole time.
- "It's all down hill from here." We discovered that must have been in reference to the miles we had left to run instead of the elevation of the terrain.
My cousin and I stayed in a friend's beautiful guest house. We really did have royal treatment and it was so wonderful to see them again. I forgot just how much I missed having them around. I connected with another friend who took us to an incredible museum of musical instruments and to eat at phenomenal places.
When I arrived home I was welcomed by my family and a brand new, beautiful wood floors in the kitchen and dining room. I am spoiled and know it. It's nice to be treated like a Princess.
This was only possible thanks to so many people who supported me along this journey. I truly cannot thank you all enough.
I hope to have more of you join me in future journeys. I did just sign up for the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon in November. Who's coming with me?