Monday, April 2, 2012

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this puts things into perspective...

Monday, March 26, 2012

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Modesto Half Marathon Race Recap

In the days leading up to the Modesto Half, I wasn't even sure if I was going to run the race.  The weather was supposed to be crappy again and I didn't know if it was worth it.  But the forecast kept improving, so my husband and I headed down to the Expo and signed up.  And even though I wasn't sure if I was going to run the race the week prior, I kept contemplating going for a PR and even more specifically a 1:45:xx.

After a busy weekend, with our daughter's birthday party the day before, I woke up in my own bed as rested as I've ever been before a race and we headed down to the 7:00 am start.  I ran off to use the bathroom one last time and then headed to the start.  It's fun to race locally because there are a lot of familiar faces and a lot of our friends were racing, but I never did find my husband again before the race started.
Within seconds of lining up, the race was starting and when the field started to spread out, I worked up to maintaining my 8:00 pace, which I was having a surprisingly easy time doing.  And to be honest, I just plugged along solo trying to keep my pace steady.  I saw a few of my husband's relay teammates along the way and chatted with them for a few minutes and just kept moving.
Once, we closed in on the turn around, I was able to see my husband and a few other friends headed back in.  One of the best parts of the race was that my mother-in-law and sister-in-law had our kids at the turnaround, so it was great to see their faces and have them cheering us on!
On the way back in, I just kept my pace the best I could and then I started doing the math in my head and it occurred to me that I was on pace for 1:45:xx, so I tried to pick it up a bit.  Knowing the course helped a ton!  When I rounded the corner to the finish line, I saw the clock and knew I need to really kick it in.  As I crossed the finish line, the clock said 1:45:01, but my Garmin said 1:44:44.  

Thankfully, I did have a few seconds to spare and 1:44:42 was my official time.  A PR of about two and a half minutes.  I was 5th in my AG and the 17th woman.  And I definitely met my goal of running a half marathon under 1:46!  I was pretty happy!  

It was a great race and a day of PRs!  My husband PR'd too, by three minutes!  Our good friends ran their first half and did amazing!  My brother-in-law came in second in the marathon with a six minute PR just weeks after running an amazing 100 mile race!!  And another friend ran a 3:20 marathon qualifying her for Boston.  

What a day!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

I can't believe our silly, smart, and sometimes sassy little girl is four already!

Happy Birthday, Miss C!!
We love you to the moon and back!

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