Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Denver Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon

On September 22nd, Gabe and I ran the Denver Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon together! Although it was a painful run for me, I will always have great memories from running this 1/2 with Gabe.  We ran together up until mile 9 and then I sent him on his way! Thankfully, we found each other immediately after I finished 10 minutes after him.

After completing a total of three 1/2 marathons and one full marathon, I have officially come to grips that my body is not meant to run long distances.  I felt great up until mile 7 and from there, the excruciating pain in my knee increased each mile I ran. After having surgery on my knee in 2003 it has never been the same. I went to see a Doctor last year and he informed me that I will need another surgery later on in life. Once I no longer have toddlers, he suggested. :)  I was very humbled to have to walk every 1/2 mile or so. I believe the Lord gently helped me forget about what others thought and simply focus on accomplishing my goal. I knew He was proud of me! It was still difficult putting my competitive self aside! So, with that said...after we finished,I told Gabe to never let me run that far again, even if I lose my mind and say I want to in the future. I will be more than happy to cheer him on with the girls next year. 

Gabe was the best running partner! He was so encouraging the entire 9 miles we ran together. 

I'm so proud of you, Gabe! You're such a strong runner and I can't wait to cheer you on next year! I know you could have gotten a better time, but thank you for sticking with me! I'm so thankful we got to run this race together, it was a blast! I love you!

 The girls went with us to the Expo the day before to get our packets.

Start line

 Mile 7

 We finished!

It was so fun to hang out together after the race, drink a beer, listen to the band and recover. But, we were ready to come home to these sweet girls!  A big thanks to my Mom for watching them while we ran. Thank you Yaya for loving on the girls!

 They loved wearing our medals!

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