*Photo creds to Chris, Kathleen, Leah and Amanda*
I DID IT! I beat my Daytona Half Marathon time from last fall! I finished the Lady Speed Stick Half Marathon this past weekend in 2:56:46. For some runners that time may seem slow and like nothing to get excited over, but for my behind it's big stuff.
Friday morning I woke up to a very sicky Maxwell. After rushing him to the vet, I worried all day until the vet called to tell me he had pancreatitis. My poor baby! I cried for the remainder of the day because 1.) he was in a lot of pain and 2.) I didn't know what to do about St Pete. The vet said to wait and make any decisions in the morning so I snuggled in not knowing what the morning would bring. Max cried most of the night so I barely got any sleep. Luckily in the morning he was feeling much better.
|Poor little boo boo|
|On our way! Look at that Gulf weather!|
|The Pier - Columbia Restaurant|
|The gorgeous view at The Pier|
|We'll be running down the Pier in the AM|
|Actin' a fool|
|Gotta stay hydrated!|
|<3 these ladies (l-r: Amanda, Leah, me, Kathleen)|
Time to get up and face the race! The weather was a little chilly (by Florida standards) but I was loving it. Perfect temp for my Northern body. We headed for corral 4!
|We're in there, I swear!|
|Let's do this!|
|About to run through Tropicana Field|
Guess what? We made it!! 2:56:46 is my official time. This is also a PR for Kathleen too! I wouldn't have made it without the ladies. I was pretty much discouraged from the start and they kept telling me to worry about my heart rate, they would worry about the rest. Thank goodness they were there!
|Race bling, baby!|
|Hard to see, but I sewed a heart patch on the inside of my shirt for good luck|
|BLING! This medal had a removable charm!|
I bought myself a Tiffany's heart necklace (pink and silver) and didn't open it until after the race. Then I put my charm on it. Pardon the wet hair but I was so darn excited to have it on.
So it's over. I won't play Aesop on you and give you the moral of the story, but I will say that I'm excited to see what the future holds. I may not be the fastest chick on the course, but I finished. It's only been 10 months since my heart attack and I'm getting better. Onward. ♥