Sunday, April 1, 2012

Riverton Half Marathon

My big bro came down and watched the kids while I ran the Riverton Half. He's so good to do that for me. The race started at 9 and I met Joy at the start around 8. 

I started out WAAAY too fast and ran out of energy when I hit the first big hill. I felt good until that hill hit. A 9:30 pace is a little too fast for me. I held on running until about mile 9. My legs were done with running so I kept switching off running and walking. I ran up each hill though! :) 

Each time I saw a hill I cheered my sister on in my head. I knew she was going to do great. She left me around mile 4. 

Around mile 11.5 I saw a sign that said "Pioneer children sang as they walked and walked and walked..." Call me silly, but it totally choked me up. Haha! It was probably that end of the race endorphin thing happening, I dunno. It made me run though. If they could walk happily, I could run for fun. 

My mom called me a couple times. I always like talking to her while I run. It helped me keep going. She called me around mile 11-12 and told me that Joy had finished in 2.10.09! Way to go JOY! I was so excited for her.

I ended up finishing in 2.37.39! My 4th fastest half marathon. :)

I thought about it a lot during the race and my sister is going to run the SLC Half in my place. She'll have fun. It works out cause I might miss it anyway.  
All the kids holding signs cheering me and Joy on. 
Me and my mouth full of bananas while holding my Rosalie. :) I love seeing my kids at the finish. They all grabbed on to me and ran across the finish. Brianna, my oldest, was all crying cause she didn't know if I would finish. I guess the 27 minutes between Joy finishing and my finishing is an eternity for a 7 yr old. Haha!

All in all, it was a good race. I wish my legs weren't so tried the whole time, but that's ok. Next time will be great. 


President and Sister Roggia said...

Brianna loves her mommy... Good race for you both. Lots of training and preparation and bonding...

Whitney said...

Ugh, it was just too hot for me. And windy. That wind running down the Parkway Trail totally sucked.

susette said...

Hurrah! You did it! Another half marathon under your belt. Very admirable! Enjoying the family and fans while eating the after race treats is definitely one of my favorite parts of the whole experience:)

Cory Reese said...

Congrats on an awesome race! I too have perfected the art of starting out too fast.

Way to go on continuing to push even though your legs weren't thrilled!