Saturday, September 10, 2016

Ten Things of Thankful: And They Ran and Ran and Ran Edition

John and I met a goal today:  we finished our first half-marathon!  


Photo:  John and I, holding a sign with our time (2:34)


I'm thankful:

1.  That we finished!
2.  That we made good time.  (Nevermind that the entire run, with very few minor exceptions, was downhill, and nevermind that we had some full-marathon runners finish ahead of us. It was a good time for us.)
3.  That the weather was absolutely wonderful for running.
4.  That the canyon provided a beautiful course.  Some of the leaves are starting to change color, and we even saw a moose!
5.  That we were provided gloves, a hat, and a blanket so we could stay warm before the start.
6.  That we were offered pancakes and pizza (Yes, please; and no, thank you) in addition to the par-for-the-course banana after the run.
7.  For all the volunteers who make the run possible.
8.  For all the spectators who cheer on the runners.  (It makes a difference!)
9.  For very specific spectators who show up to cheer on family members.  (Thanks!  Loved the banner and the cowbell!)
10.  For John, who is a wonderful running partner, and never makes me feel bad for setting a slower pace.


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    1. Thank you! And frist is definitely not what we were on our race! :-)

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  2. Excellent! I'm proud of you and John for finishing with such a good time. Kudos!

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  3. Congratulations!!! How did the foot hold up?

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    1. Thanks! The foot held up very well; thanks so much for all your advice!

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  4. Congratulations!!! How did the foot hold up?

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  5. So very proud of you, Kristi, you must be beaming. Once a friend and I walked a 15K. It was a good adrenaline high when we finished.

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    1. One of the signs along the course said, "Runners high--legal in all 50 states!"

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  6. Way to go guys!! Sorry I couldn't meet up with you this time. Hopefully next!

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    1. It has been forever, and we'd love to see you again sometime!

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  7. So impressed! I have never faced a challenge like this in all my life. I admire your determination.

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    1. One woman wore a shirt that said, "13.1 It seemed like a good idea at the time." It is kind of strange to think that we voluntarily decided to run that far!

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  8. Oh so proud of you and happy for you both! Congratulations!

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  9. Congratulations to both of you!!! Sounds like a great place for a race.
    So when are you tackling the full marathon? ;)

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    1. Not anytime soon! :-) Perhaps at a much lighter weight and with a lot more training, but I'm really quite satisfied with halves being my longest distance races.

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  10. You are wonder woman! Congratulations! Downhill is a challenge, too, because it's easier to fall down when you're running down a hill or maybe that's just me.
    MORE COWBELL!
    I would have taken the pizza....

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  11. You're a star. Running like that is a major accomplishment. And that you could do it together with your spouse. You ran and you ran and you ran and you were rewarded with pancakes and pizza.
    :-)
    Not too shabby.
    Also, the banner and the cowbell must have made all the difference as well.
    I admire you, anyone who makes this commitment to physical fitness, exercise, and you keep it going. Lovely that the two of you could complete this as a team.

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  12. Sounds like you had a wonderful week and a wonderful run! You mentioning pizza reminds me there are 2 cold pieces in the fridge and I may just have them for lunch! As for a first - for the first time ever I made bacon in the microwave. Who knew???

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