Sunday, April 19, 2009

Are you wondering if I survived?

Ladies and Gents I am proud to announce that I am alive and kicking! Well, barely with the kicking part. LOL. I still can't believe that I actually survived a Half Marathon! Do you remember when I started, when running wasn't my thing and I could barely run a mile? Well guess what?! I just ran 13.14 miles straight! Yup, just like that! Well, ok the honest truth was I did pretty good up until 13.1 miles. The finish line was right there in front of me and all of a sudden, like a ton of bricks had just hit me, I felt like I was going to pass out. It was incredibly hot that day and to run in that for over 2 hours was insane. So here Kaycee and I are almost at the finish line when I feel that pass-out tingle (which I know very well - that's another story) and I just blurted out to Kaycee as I was veering off to a bench "I've gotta sit down, I'm going to pass out!" And all I have to say to Kaycee is THANKYOU! She immediately grabbed my elbow and in a very stern voice said "Oh, no you don't! The finish line is right there!" She talked me into slowing it down a bit and staying focused and in one more minute we were across the finish line! I can't even begin to tell you how amazing finishing felt. I honestly have never seen myself as a runner and had never even thought that any type of marathon/race was even an option for me. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm feeling pretty good about my accomplishment. I think my favorite part of the whole thing was when we were a few minutes away from the finish line and out of the blue Kaycee and I hear "Mommy, mommy!" and there is Edyn and Kaycee's little boy, Carson, cheering us on! Just typing that moment brings tears to my eyes. It was definately a sweet moment. Chad wasn't able to be there which made me a little sad but my mom flew out to be here so that was really nice to have her there for support and to cheer us on. The race itself was pretty cool. We ran 6.5 miles out along the ocean on the boardwalk and then the same back. It was absolutely beautiful. I think the view really helped with ignoring the pains of the race. I really think my legs turned to stone half-way thru. They are definately feeling it today. So all in all who knows if I'll ever do a half marathon again in my lifetime. But what I do know is that I COULD DEFINATELY DO IT!

TOTAL LOSS AFTER 12 WEEKS
WEIGHT – 20 lbs.
ARMS – 2 inches each
HIPS – 4 ½ inches
WAIST – 8 inches
THIGHS – 2 1/4 inches each
BUST – 3.5 inches

19 comments:

Jennie said...

Congratulations!!!
I'm glad you had someone running it with you. You look GREAT!

Christina said...

Congrats, good for you! And thanks to Kaycee for keeping you from passing out!

Lulu said...

Can I just say, you are truly an inspiration to me! Seriously, I don't think I'll ever run one, but now that you've done it, and if I mentioned anything to Kaycee about me maybe thinking I could do one...I know she'ld say, "The finish line is right there!"
lol.
Great job! I was going to mention something on Sunday, but I was spacing it.
You also look like a knock out! Seriously! 20 lbs! That's great. You look wonderful, I'm sure Chad is enjoying the view! ;)
See ya later.
p.s. I'll miss ya as our RS Pres. You were awesome! Like always.

Jodi Pilling said...

WAY TO GO Naomi! I have been following your blog for awhile now and you have inspired me. I signed up for a 5 mile race in June. I know isn't much...but you have to start somewhere right? Congratulations!

Practical Plaid said...

I'm so proud of you! Congrats on finishing!

Joe said...

Congrats, that is awesome.

Becca said...

I was wondering how it had gone - congratulations! It is so great that you had a running partner - you really can't underestimate the influence that has. Way to go, Naomi and Kaycee!

Maile said...

I have been wondering how the race went. I completely spaced asking either of you about it on Sunday. I think it is so awesome you made it!! What a help to have Kaycee to pull you along right when you needed it.

The Wolff Den said...

WOW!! Congratulations Naomi!! I'm super proud of you, and by the way, you are looking fantastic!! You're my inspiration, hopefully one day I'll be able to get that marathon in that I've been wanting to do. Yikes...

Debbie said...

Congrats! You rock!

Nathan said...

Hey... that's my big sis! :-) Way to go.

Debbie Jo said...

YAY Naomi! I loved reading your race story. Excellent! I'm so proud of you! 20 lbs in 12 weeks? Holy, you monster! Rock on girl!

Jess said...

I'm joining the chorus to say how proud I am of you both and how fabulous you look!

Emily said...

That is so great Naomi! Running the race is amazing...and the 20 pounds you've lost is amazing also. That is one of those great accomplishments you'll remember all your life.

Jenny said...

Fantastic! I was wondering how it all went. I'm so proud of you, or anyone that will run that much without being chased by a murderer with an axe!

You look great!

The Happenin' Harwards said...

Congrats!!! I am so happy for you. You are still an inspiration to me. You ROCK!!

gretchen said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so glad you and Kaycee finished together!! And how sweet that Edyn and Carson cheered you both on. :) Congrats also on losing the weight! You are such an inspiration! :)

Rachelle said...

you are my hero!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW! I'm so proud of you! What a cool friend to make you finish and talk you through it. That's the best kind of friend to have. I miss you! Can't wait to see you soon. LOVE YOU! GO SMITTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mistieleigh said...

I am SO proud Naomi. Just reading your words sound like me. I can't even run a mile and i could NEVER see myself running 4 miles at once, let alone 13!!! What a HUGE accomplishment. And i am so glad your mom could be there for you. And btw- you look AMAZING. you are going to blow away girl! and i love that you measured every part of your body before and after. 8 inches on your waist? that really is monumental!
GREAT JOB! wish i could have been there in person.