I did it! After approximately 11 months of training, off and on, the day finally arrived and now it's all behind me! The day couldn't have been better, weather wise, and I was so happy to have such a great cheering section around me. The first 13 miles were fairly smooth sailing. I was feeling good and keeping a good pace. It was right around the time that all the half-marathoners turned off to their finish line that it hit me: "I have to go another 13 miles!" I began doing my running/walking after this point, but I think the more I walked, the more my legs were telling me, "STOP!!" At around mile 17 1/2 both thighs cramped up so bad I couldn't walk, but I pushed through, taking one step at a time and trying to stretch them out. All the while thinking of Rochelle pushing through on out Half Dome hike during her cramps. Thankfully they went away, but the rest of the run was slow going. Matt, my brother-in-law, joined me around mile 18 1/2 and that couldn't have been a better encouragement. He continued to go at my pace, but encouraged me to keep going even what I felt like just walking the entire rest of the way.
After 5 long hours and 12 minutes I crossed the finish line and was cheered on by all. The boys were especially cute, giving me hugs and kisses. We enjoyed pizza and a variety of desserts following the race back at our house. Then after everyone went home I enjoyed resting on the couch, reading, watching t.v., and napping.
Today I am feeling pretty good. A little sore, but not as bad as I anticipated. So I am off to help in Kevin's class and then go to work for a few hours. No time to sit around! Thanks to everyone for your encouragement over the past year!! I could not have done it alone!!