Saturday, August 9, 2008

Mission Accomplished

Ignore the fact that it looks like I have black eyes.

Well, I did it. I ran the Provo River 1/2 Marathon this morning. I got out of bed at 4:25am (after waking up at 2am, 2:30, 3:00, 3:15, and 4am) and headed over to the starting point at 4:45. It's quite a way to start a morning, a long run. I thought it was ridiculous that everything was so early, but so glad it was because it really started to get hot. When we took off running, I saw an old mission companion and her husband, Jill and Behrad (who happens to also be one of our MTC teachers). I looked for them after so we could all get a picture together, but couldn't find them. Marcus, Samantha, and Callie were there waiting for me at the finish line. My time was 2 hours 12 minutes. That's about a 10 minute mile...for 13.1 miles. I'm happy with it. I do have to say that I'm feeling a bit sore. My ankle hurt as soon as I started running, but I pushed through. Now it really hurts. Hopefully it'll be fine. But, phew! It's over, and I think I only killed one rolly poly along the way. I'm glad I did it -- not kill the rolly poly, rather, I'm glad I participated in the race. I learned 2 things.

1) A lot of people who passed me had tatoos. Real runners have tatoos. Runners are tough and a bit crazy. I just have the crazy part...I'm not tough enough.

2) 1/2 marathons are good. I have no desire to run a marathon -- at least not right now. But I'm really glad I did it.
Me with my adoring fans. Check out my awesome farmer's tan!

17 comments:

liliblogs said...

Woohoo! You're my hero :)

Lant Family said...

Congratulations! It feels so good to accomplish things huh? Are you glad it is over or are you ready for more?

Lori and Matt said...

Yeah Jenny! I'm so proud of you. you've inspired me, but I think I'll wait... Congrats!

Jessica said...

Congratulations on doing that! I don't think I could ever possibly be interested in that, let alone do it! Impressive, you are.

Rob and Marseille said...

good job jenny! you're great at following through and making your goals happen.

Amy said...

Yay, Jenny! I remember walking past your apartment last summer, and you were sitting on the grass with Samantha after just completing a run, and you told me about your goal, and I just think it's awesome that you worked and trained for it until you accomplished it. I hope I can be as motivated to follow through with my goals. Thanks for being an inspiration!

Rose and Daniel said...

Wow! You did it! I knew you would make it. You truly are an inspiration!

Ashley said...

Good job Jenny
you look so cute by the way! My sister-in-law and neighbor ran that race! Thats a good time by the way!

Heidi Ashworth said...

I loved the details about the tatooed people. Good to know. Congratulations!

Peggy said...

(THIS IS TED) Way to go Jen. You are a true inspiration. I am trying for a sprint triathalon in the fall. I think I have the bike and swim down but am only at about the 3 mile run now. We love you and are excited to see you in a week.

Beth Schellhous said...

Way to go ! Congratulations to you! You are awesome for reaching your goal... and who wouldn't, with such adorable fans at the finish line!

I was thinking about you on Saturday (so I ran today just for you)!

Keep it up!

maryirene allen said...

you go girl! you are amazing!!

Jessica Swendsen said...

WAY TO BE! Jenny I am so proud of you. I can't believe you did it after waking up all those times AND having a sore ankle. You definitely are TOUGH ENOUGH! What an incredible feeling it must be to have done it and have it overwith. You look fantastic! Thanks for documenting your story!

Katie said...

Wow Jenny! Great job! Reading about your running makes me feel like I can keep going and maybe push myself a little more! :) So awesome!

rachel said...

I am so impressed! You rock!

Justin, Amelia, and Zachary Low said...

Hey! Way to go! I hope you were up only for anticipation purposes and not your babies! You must be SO tired! Way to go though! You make me want to run, and i am 20 weeks pregnant! (Wait, maybe that is why I sayI want to run, because I know it is impossible right now!) I want to get in great shape after this baby (another pregnancy formulated idea, we'll see how motivated I am after the fact!) so maybe I will take up running. One of my friends I met up here did it, and if SHE can do it, I know, with training, i can do it!

LizzyLou said...

jenny - just getting caught up on your blog. i'm very proud of you! it's not a small feat to say you've run a 1/2 marathon. nice work!

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