Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Myrtle Beach Half Marathon

"Smile Anita!"....mile 11

Getting warmed up!

Joanna pinning on my back bib (never had a back bib before)

Putting my chip on my shoe...it's SO early!!

Woohoo!! I competed and completed my first half marathon race this past Saturday! A couple of friends drove up to Myrtle Beach with me to cheer me on for the event.

I was a little anxious to see how my knee was going to hold up for the race, but it felt really good! About the 9th mile it started cramping up a little but then subsided and I finished the last 3 miles at a 8:30 pace. My overall time was 1:56:27. My goal was to finish in under 2 hours so I was happy with my time. My uncle Dean won the Eller wager on times guessing 1:56:39. Sorry Dale and dad!

Thanks to those who were praying for my leg! I was soar after from racing hard, but there was NO sharp pain at all and NO limping afterward, YAY!! I'd love to do one again in the future but am going to take it easy for a little while. As far as races go, this was a VERY FLAT course. Five miles of it were right on the beach (on the road but right next to the ocean). It was really nice. I recommend it to any interested parties.

After the race...and a shower at our hotel, Joanna, Anita and I went back to the beach to study in the sun for a few hours before driving back to Columbia. It was a very refreshing weekend!


Anonymous said...

Yay Anita! you rock. You make a half-marathon sound like a walk in the park ;) Great time.

Marie VW said...

You amaze me.


mamaktbug said...

i love that you said a weekend containing a half marathon was relaxing! :D