Saturday, October 24, 2009

Here's to Half Marathon Number Two!


Chad and I were silly enough to get out of bed bright and early Saturday morning to go for a run! A long one at that. Really, who does that?! The whole drive to our Prison Break Half Marathon (10K for Chad) we kept saying all the things that we would rather be doing at that moment. Funny how running wasn't one of them. LOL. We were tired, it was dark, and really cold (which actually turned out to be in our favor).

Opening ceremony started at 9am and it was pretty darn cool. It started at the Idaho State Correctional Institution with a flyover of an old British WWII spitfire plane followed by a riot squad lining up just short of the start line to make sure they could control all of us escapees and to begin the race the prison's escape siren roared in the air. Then we were off! Chad and I ran together for just a short while and I then I looked at him and waved and started to take off faster. I wanted to hit that finish line and the sooner the better.

During the beginning of the race we were told to run off side the road while a convoy of army trucks drove by and I really wished Ethan was there to see it. He would have loved it. By mile 11 I was graced by the presence of uniformed soldiers handing me gatorade. I actually thought that was pretty cool. I asked a couple of them if they wanted to carry me the rest of the way and they said they would love to but noone picked me up! Their words meant nothing! Geesh. LOL.

The remaining 2.1 miles went really well except for the huge arse hill just off of the finish line. I ended up walking it when I realized that walking was about the same pace as my attempted run up the hill so why waste the energy. Pretty sad. But once I got past that I was moving pretty good and I think Chad was a little surprised when I saw him at the finish line taking pictures and he asked how I was doing and I smiled and told him "pretty good" as I ran past him. Actually, I surprised myself by that response. But boy oh boy once I stopped and started walking around the soreness hit like a ton of bricks! Nothing that won't be gone in a few days! I think Chad did awesome for his first race. He told me he felt kinda sheepish that all these older women kept passing him but I say who cares! He finished and he rocks!



6 comments:

Becca said...

Way to go, guys! I love the final picture where you can see your time as you 'finish'. I'm nervous out my upcoming 5K, let alone a 10K or a half marathon - you guys are amazing!

Maile said...

You are both awesome!! I am looking forward to running again after this baby is born. I'll try to be motivated by your example, Naomi, and actually pick a race to run to keep me going.

Nathan said...

Awesome time! You both rock. Wish I could have been there... it sounds like a great event except for the cold thing, and then there's the early morning thing, oh, and running a long way, not to mention all those uniforms and sirens that would make me nervous.

Shaneen said...

Way to go both of you! I love the pics! It sounds like it was a pretty cool race!

gretchen said...

Congratulations again, Naomi! And I sort of love that you left Chad in your dust! :)

mistieleigh said...

You are my hero Naomi!! And good for Chad. You guys are great. I love that the army men handed you gaterade too!