As most of my blog readers know this whole running adventure is a new experience for me. About 18 months ago Paige mentioned that she would like to run a 5K. We were already walking several mornings a week so we decided to start the couch 2 5K program and run our first 5K in December. We did it and actually sort of enjoyed it. We on and off ran through the winter and spring. Running in more 5Ks and other local races. Last May, Paige mentioned that she thought it would be fun to sign up to run the Disney Princess 1/2 marathon. I wasn't so sure (I still don't really like running - I tolerate it) but I went along with her crazy plan. We signed up in early June.
God knew exactly what He was doing. We had found out about my dad's cancer just the week before we signed up and Paige's brother was diagnosed with leukemia 3 days after we signed up. This race became more than just a run for us. It really was a spiritual journey. During the 8 months of training we did lots of crying, laughing, praying and just pulling one another along. There were some hard days (and not just training). Our training went well and we did our 10K in early November finishing right at our goal pace to get us in a good corral for the 1/2 marathon. We were right on track in our training. Then life happened. Paige's brother died and the weather got bad. We didn't get to train like we wanted leading up to the race. We were barely running 3 miles at a time and only got to do a long run/walk of about 9 miles. We were very worried about how we were going to do during the race. But off we went for our Disney trip.
The morning of the race came VERY early!! 2:45 am wake up calls are not fun. We quickly got dressed and got on the bus. We were at the race by around 3:30 or so. We had a bunch of time to kill so we took some pictures.
I don't know if there will be any more 1/2 marathons in my future but I do know I will keep running. I think I was really spoiled by doing a Disney run as my first one. I don't know if I can run without a tutu and Disney music blaring as I run.