Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 In Review

My puppy turned 1.  And had a birthday party with the rest of her litter where they wore party hats.  How cute.

Somebody didn't want anyone else to use their wifi.  (Aka... nothing eventful happened to me.)
I started this lovely blog!
I did a group run for Boston and it was the coolest thing I have ever done.

I finished my second half-marathon!
I ran a 5K and placed in my age group (even though it was just a funish run for me).
I did a run streak.
Lauren Fleshman responded to a comment I left on her blog.  Yes I screen-shotted it.
I celebrated National Running Day.
I drank Cheerwine (but not for the first time, of course) and I swam.  A lot.
My niece finally arrived!!! Two days after my birthday! Go check out pictures on my sisters blog at http://faithandmacaroni.blogspot.com.  She literally has the craziest hair now.
I ran the ALS HOPE race in memory of my wonderful Aunt Tina.
I gave blood.  You should too!
I ran the hilliest 10K ever.  Well for Charleston.  There is my shoe.
I ran my 3rd half-marathon at Kiawah.

What was your favorite moment of 2013?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Kiawah Island Half-Marathon 2013

December 14, 2013

Thomas, my brother-and-law, came to pick me up bright and early at 5:45 to carpool to Kiawah.  Unfortunately, I slept through all my alarms, but fortunately Thomas was there to wake me up or I probably would have slept through the race.  Luckily, we made it to the race with plenty of time to spare.  We took a bus to the start from a parking lot since there is not enough parking on the race itself.  We met some very nice marathoners who we had a conversation with.  This was slightly intimidating too- he wanted to run a very fast marathon- all I wanted to do was run a sub-2:00 half-marathon.  Oh well.  He was nice.  As most runners are.

At the start.
We got to the start.  I lined up with the 9 minute mile pacer.  The first two miles clocked in at an 8'30" pace.  Waaayyyyy to fast.  I double checked the sign- 9' mile pace.  So I slooooweeed waaayyyy down.  Sooooo much energy wasted.  Boo.  Boo.   I was able to maintain my pace for the next few miles, but by mile 8 I was all done.  The last 5 miles were rough.

The course was gorgeous!!
Training for this was a bust.  Sleep got chosen a lot of times over training.  My long runs were better than normal, but overall training was worse.  Disappointing race for sure, but the course, volunteers, and employees of the resort were awesome!!  The aid stations were well stocked and well organized.  The food afterwards was delicious and everything about the race was well done.  No complaints.  My time was disappointing, but I really enjoyed the race.

Mile 13- Almost Done!!!

 I am so excited for a fresh start in the new year.  I will have a year recap and future goals post soon.