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Monday, May 23, 2011

Start to Finish!

Race day was beautiful.
It ended in thunderstorms...but that was fine by me.


I did it!

My first 13.1 mile run.
I had never run that far before...even in my training.
Ask me 3 years ago and I would have said that distance was insane.

Now.........I say those running the full marathon were insane.
Who in the world would run 42km?!

(Ask me in a year or 2....)
:))



I had wonderful cheer people along the course.....my own family as well as my sister, brother-in-law and niece and nephew.


My "GO" sign made by my niece which she flashed at me at the 17km mark.
(It was much needed!)

My pumpkin shoes which my cheer people said they really appreciated.
I was easy to pick out in the throng of runners;)

In action.
(It looks blurry because I was going so fast....bahaha.)



Heading for the finish....
(where I crossed without crawling)....and was given my finishers medal and surrounded by my sweet family who had drove all over the city to cheer me on in different places along the route.






(My Goal Time : 2:10
My Time: 2:08:52)
yessssss!


Nothing feels better than finishing something you started!

62 comments:

Julie said...

YES YES YES!!!!! Look at you MOVING!
Love those shoes - they just look FAST! Are you even wearing any socks?????

Love the GO sign...and the medal! Well deserved, my friend, well deserved!

I KNOW you're going to do a marathon some day :-)
...I just feel it in my bones!

You looked so awesome after the race. I usually look very torn up. How do you do it?

Meg said...

WOOOOOOHOOOOOO! Way to go! I know you could do it! It was totally the shoes, right? ;) Congratulations! :D

Saz said...

YAY! Well done on beating your goal!! Looks like you had loads of fun! The medal is awesome. (:

Janie said...

Congratulations! It's great to complete a goal, and even better to be cheered on by those who love you.

Leah J. Utas said...

Yay! Go you!

texwisgirl said...

a minute to spare!!! you go girl!!! what a great cheer section you had! AWESOME, dawn!

Maelgi said...

FELICITACIONES , HACE FALTA UN BUEN ENTRENAMIENTO.
GRACIAS POR MOSTRANOS TUS ACTIVIDADES , UNA FIESTA PARA TODOS USTEDES , SALUDOS CORDIALES .

Farm Girl said...

Good for you and you did so good. You are a blur running by so fast.
Really you do look just beautiful and not at all like you just finished a race. I love the medal.
So very, very happy for you!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I never had a single doubt you could do it! Oh what a reason to celebrate. I bet you are on top of the world.
I was so moved by your comment on my post today. I wish I could give you a hug. So many things to ponder, it can be almost too much to sort out sometimes and I completely understand what you mean. It's a comfort to know that others struggle with the same thing and we can all help each other slowly figure it out. :)
Congrats again!!!!!!! -Elizabeth

Hilary said...

Excellent, Dawn! You must be so proud. I'm so happy for you. And in such good time, too. Congrats. :)

Hi Kooky said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy you completed your goal!

Tracy said...

Oh Dawn, isn't that the truth! Good job Lady and congratulations!
I remember when I ran my first half and then yes, went on to do a full one...so never say never...we are insane!
I loved it and miss it tremendously so I will live vicariously through you!

becky said...

Congrats Dawn! And for getting your time, too!

Farmchick said...

Congrats to you!!

Navigating Northward said...

Well done - I'm sure the cheerful shoes helped! Hope you feel GREAT!!!

Leontien said...

Whoohooo!!!! CONGRATS!!!

Leontien

Nancy said...

Congrats Big Time! So proud of you. :)

Mike said...

Congrats on your first HM and beating your goal! Impressive accomplishment for sure. I agree that people that run full marathons are crazy or at least crazier than us for now.

rosaria said...

Wonderful accomplishment! And yes, having your family there to support and cheer you on is a great thing, for sure. You look like a real winner!

Aimee said...

Woohoo! Congrats on your first 13.1!! You did awesome!! Yay, yay, yay!!! :)

sage said...

Congratulations--and cool shoes!

Miz.November said...

YAY!!!! HUGS!!! (jumping up and down for you) Way to go, Dawn. You beat your goal time!! I knew you would. I'm so happy for you.

Flora said...

OOOHHHHH ....I am HAPPY for you!!!

Deb said...

so proud of you Dawn...that is just awesome...you finished under your goal...HIP HIP HOORAY FROM TEXAS....

Slamdunk said...

Wow Dawn, congrats on the great achievement.

Horst in Edmonton said...

Way to go Dawn, so happy for you.

Hope said...

YAY! good for you! :)

ruthy ann said...

wahooo!!! what a huge accomplishment! and you looked RIPPED girl!!

darlin said...

Way to go Dawn! Congrats on the finish. It's always easy to start something... the finishing is another thing all together and what a feeling to run that far... something at this point in my life I can only imagine! Who knows, maybe one day, or maybe not. lol Have a great evening and way to go girl!

ladyfi said...

Well done! And what a lovely sense of achievement.

Debbie said...

soooo awesome dawn!!!

i was cheering you on from new jersey....you heard me right?!?!

Liesl said...

Whoop whoop,you go Dawn!! Love the sign and those shoes! Oh yes and the medal. Great stuff ! Best of all is that you also managed to beat your goal!

wayne15575 said...

You are one AMAZING woman !!! Thanks for allowing us to share your journey. ♥

Robin said...

Well done: finishing a half marathon is definitely not child's play - all the training, the hours on the road, eating right and then race day itself... Well, keep your faithful blog followers abreast on the date for the full marathon...

John McElveen said...

AWESOME!!!! Were those Rockets on your hiney? Way--they were water bottles..my bad!

Congrats again!

JOhn

Clint said...

Very proud of you! This is a wonderful accomplishment.

Alan O'Riordan said...

Well done! Now imagine how much faster you'd have been if you'd worn those flip flops I gave you:-)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

YAY!!!! You did awesome! Cool medal too :-)

Buttons said...

Way to go Dawn. I had no doubt you would make it. Family and friends cheering you on makes all the difference. Still love the shoes.
Nice medal. Congrats. B

Judy said...

WooHoo!! My hat is off to you girl! Congratulations!!!!!

Out on the prairie said...

Congratulations, I was cheering you from far away. I took a long time not to try and out pace myself early.

bon bon said...

great job! your niece's sign is just precious. "go auntie dawn go!!"

Allison said...

Yay! I'm so excited for you! Great pictures, too... thanks for posting them! I think you could take those 42K without a hitch. ;)

our little love nest said...

Congrats!! So cool that you can do that! I love the note from your niece...so cute! xo

pig parade said...

Good job auntie dawn!!!!!!!!! You did great!!

Samantha said...

YAY DAWN!!! That is wonderful!

Cat said...

wahoooo friend!!!!!!!!!!

love and light light light

MDScaper said...

Well done Dawn! Great accomplishment. : )

Randy said...

You Go Dawn! I'll bet it's a great feeling. I love that wonderful sign that your niece made.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Congrats! So proud of you! I saw the blur :)

Trisha said...

YOU ARE AWESOME! Need I say more? COngrats!!!!:D

spindrift,me said...

WA-HOO!! That is awesome, Dawn! ;o)

GardenofDaisies said...

YAY!! Congratulations on finishing!! (I would have died after the first mile.)

Lynette said...

Wow...well done Dawn...that is stunning. Another thing to tick off your list?

floweringmama said...

WOOHOO! Congratulations - you did awesome. And you have such a beautiful family.

Val said...

Yay, You are amazing and what a huge accomplishment!!!

Diane AZ said...

Wonderful, I'm so happy for you! Love those pumpkin shoes. :)

Jacob said...

Congratulations! That's a wonderful achievement and I'm sure you'll be on a "high" for months. Marathon next - you'll do that very well also!

Tammy said...

Horray for you! Congratulations. I ran a 5k once. I can't imagine doing a half marathon. Way to go!

Heidi said...

CONGRATULATIONS DAWN, I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe said...

Congrats!!! :)

Rural Revival said...

AWESOME!!! Way to go Dawn. We're all obviously very proud of you too! : )