A LOT has been going on since my last post! I'm going to try to play catch up these next couple of weeks.
First off :: I ran (and finished) my first half marathon on March 12th.
6 Tunnels to Hoover Dam Race, Las Vegas, NV
|Start of the race...I think. Since it was around St. Patrick's Day, it was Irish themed. There was a guy playing a bagpipe and everything! Haha!|
|See, proof that I finished!|
|That's how I felt right after I crossed the finish line.|
|My teammates! They all did amazing!|
(From Left) Sabrina, Me, Maryann, Ariana
|Making the trek back to the car. It was a beautiful place to run as you can tell!|
|My race time.|
It was an incredible experience. The first half was a steady incline, followed by a steep decline, and then we turned around. I completed the first 6 miles strong, ready to take on the next 7. For the second half we ran through 6 old railway tunnels that had been carved out of the mountains. They were gigantic and a sweet relief from the sun! There were remnants of what looked like wooden supports poking through here and there. The course was flat up until the last mile or so which had us zigzag down a hill, climb another hill that was so steep I could hardly walk it, and the turn around. Although a beautiful course, the inclines were a little much and the last 7 miles we had to run on gravel! Ugh. I had to watch my footing the whole time for fear of tripping over the occasional large rock.
I could not have done the 6 months of training, suffer through tendinitis in my Achilles tendon, got up a the crack of dawn to run before an 8 hour shift at work, or completed this race if it had not been for my Lord, Jesus, my teammates, Ryan, scripture, prayer, rockin' tunes, and a good pair of shoes. I needed EVERY support system I had to do this because it was not, at any point, easy. I was not a runner before I began this journey and I am still in awe that I actually did this!
Thank you Ryan for taking all the pictures! :)
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