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I ran my first half marathon!

Friday, September 28, 2012

So I did it...I ran it....and it was AWESOME!

Got to the hotel when it was getting dark so it was hard to see the views. When we woke up, I looked out my window, still in bed, and snapped this photo...awww, Banff:)

Start time was 10:45am which didn't make any sense to me at first. But as I thought about it. it did make sense. The closest big city was 1 1/2hrs away so the organizers were giving drive time to those that were making just a day trip out of it. I took your advice about eating, my friends. I woke up, had a coffee, english muffin, peanut butter & bananas on top. It was yummy and not too much. We were ready to run.

We picked a hotel that was walking distance to the starting line. We walked there. It was packed, I mean packed! There were so many people, 4000 runners+their cheerleaders. I didn't even know what to do.

Picked up our race packages, used the port-a-potty 2 times in a row and found the starting line. I only heard about pacers but actually got to see them. I didn't feel nervous to run. I was excited to get started.

The 10k'ers were first to go. Then, we HM'ers lined up and were off. Sis & I did the math and thought that if we finished around 2:40+, we'd be happy with our effort. The road was packed. People shoulder to shoulder and running really fast. The plan was to run 9&1's but we felt really good so we ran the 1st 30 minutes straight(and almost a 5k by that time).

We ran past beautiful trees, turning their fall colors and a calm lake with breathtaking back drops...

under a stone bridge...

along the river...

past a waterfall...

Then, the inevitable hill-a steep hill that we made note of and realized it was gonna be at the end our race. Probably around 18k.

We did not watch our pace. We ran as fast as it felt good to run. We talked almost the entire time. Good times running a half:)

We crossed over the river...

We came to a paved trail with towering trees that kept the sun off us-which was a blessing since the temp rose into the higher 20's(78F). We had to run a 5km loop twice. I had to use the bathroom but every time I passed one, there was a line. I did not want to waste too much time so I never stopped.

Throughout the loop, there were 2 spots that they were playing live music! 2 guys at each spot that had mikes, drums, keyboards and guitars & were cheering us on as we ran past-so fun-nice touch & very uplifting.

Loop 2 was done and it was time for the home stretch. I felt so good...not fast but so good.

The hill definitely slowed me down, but I ran up it. And I ran all the way to finish line as fast as my legs would take me.

I was VERY pleasantly surprised to see 2:29:35.


I really did feel good and would totally run another.

Since we didn't bring anything to the race, we had to walk back to the hotel afterwards, grab my camera and "re-live" the run. I wish we had a cheerleader to take pics of us. The race had a photographer taking pics around the trail and posted them on the website but, man, they are expensive. I may buy 1 but I'm still thinking about it....

I just LOVE the mountains and its one of my top 3 places to live(if I had unlimited $$$)-the views and fresh air make me feel happy, alive and wanting to come back for more. I cannot wait for snowboarding season.

Here's main street...

On a side note, 2 of my kids were really sick coming up to the run. I prayed that I would NOT get sick and that I could run this race. 4hours after the race, I was in bed with all the symptoms my kiddos had, high fever, horrible belly cramps and a wicked headache. And I have been sick ever since. And the other 2 are sick as well:(

I know, crappy ending, but at least I ran my race. And LOVED every step of it!

well, maybe not THIS step, but every single other one.

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    OMG, MAMA! I just saw this post. What a GORGEOUS run! And to run with your sister...that's just awesome! My sister is just now getting on the fitness train, I can't wait to run with her when she's ready. Great job, and great time, too! I can see why you're psyched for snowboard season...it must be fabulous there! We already have 2 trips planned for this winter - one with kids and one without! Can't WAIT! :)
    3202 days ago
    Wowzers! Half marathon!!
    Great job and what an amazing setting to do it in.
    Sorry you & kids were sick, tho.
    3217 days ago
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    Congrats!! Great job, great blog, great race. Well done. emoticon
    3225 days ago
    emoticon Super excited for you! Great accomplishment, beautiful setting and loved the blog and pictures.
    3225 days ago
    I LOVED your blog with all the pics!! CONGRATS on a fab race and your accomplishment! So proud of you!!! emoticon emoticon
    3227 days ago
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    Congrats to you - great time and beautiful scenery.
    3227 days ago
    Tammy! Tammy! Tammy! I am so incredible happy for you. I have been waiting for this blog! Good excuse with the crappy sickness. Hope everyone is better soon. But, back to the race... sounds like such an experience. What a gorgeous route. The mountains, the trees, chatting with a sister. Doesn't get any better!!!
    What a great first HM. I know you will do more. And look at that time!! Isn't it fun to surprise yourself?!
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    3227 days ago
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    Woot, awesome time, I'm sure we ran together cause we both came in so close. Too bad we missed one another. How did you like the course?

    Wasn't it a beautiful day, can't beat it. So are you going to do another HM or a M? I think I might but not till next year and later in the year, possibly Scotia Bank (May).

    Well done. emoticon
    3227 days ago
    What beautiful pictures! I would LOVE to run in a place like that! I am so happy you had such a great experience for your first HM! What a great time as well! Sorry to hear you are so sick still, but at least it waited until after your race. Great job girl!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3227 days ago
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    Wow - congratulations! What a beautiful place to do your first HM. My husband (who loves the Rockies) would be interested in this race. What's the elevation at Banff and did you feel that it had an impact on your effort?

    If you like the Rockies, check out the photos on my webpage. Our kittens, Jasper, Robson (Robbie) and Louise are named for places in the Rockies. Jasper and Louise will be familiar to you. Mt Robson is the tallest mountain in the area.
    3227 days ago
    Banff and Jasper are m FAVORITE places in the world...we went hiking there this summer...shorter hikes because of the kids but AWESOME anyway.

    You did such an AWESOME job...so glad you made it through...splurge for the pic...I know it's easier said then done but it's your first!!!! emoticon
    3227 days ago
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    Amazing place!!! Breath-taking pictures!!! Stunning landscapes!!!
    Oops sorry, this is about your half marathon. I just couldn't wait to see those pictures and I got really excited.
    Congratulations, you're a half-marathoner!!!
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    Did I tell you how absolutely great you look? I'm glad it was such a great experience for you, even with all the last-minute setbacks. And such a great time! Well done!
    Is a full marathon in your future plans? I'm sure you could do it!
    For now, get lots of rest and get well soon.
    And thank you for the inspiration!
    3227 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    Great blog and thanx for sharing the pics and your experience! You did it~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3227 days ago
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