i put this on my calendar what seemed like a long time ago. (i laugh because there was nothing else on the calendar at the time. things changed really quick.)
i made the decision to run another half marathon around july. i don't think i was fully committed until after training started in august. i knew what i was going to have to endure to make it happen and that made me anxious. but i wanted to do another one this year.
i also knew i needed my sister to commit. this started as something we wanted to do together and i couldn't have imagined doing another one without her. so when she said yes, i was all in.
but this idea grew. my sister in law wanted to run. my good friend wanted to run. her friend wanted to run. and then we had a team. running every saturday at 7:30 in porter ranch. then every sunday. and at least three times a week.
i was surrounded by support and encouragement and accountability. (more on that later.)
after 12 grueling weeks of training we were at the weekend of the race. it was the same weekend of the qbm craft fair. and it worked out well because bobby dropped me off at the hotel on our way home. we checked in and went straight to the expo in time to get our bibs, shirts and do a little browsing of running gear.
and of course we took pictures:
getting to sleep with five restless, anxious and excited girls was like a teenage sleepover. lots of giggling and whispering, but no pillow fights.
and then we split up and went to our assigned corrals - which are based on your expected finish time.
and then we decided to forget our corrals and start the race together as a team.
it was awesome running through downtown l.a. though. especially when we ran through the colosseum. but i was focused on my pace and didn't have a chance to notice some of the landmarks we were going past. like when we passed the space shuttle?!
i never looked at my iphone while running so i had no idea how i was doing. but i felt great. i never felt like giving up or slowing down. until i hit this bridge.
we posed for pictures and ate everything they handed to us; bagels, smoothies, bars and chocolate milk.
and to top it all off... free beer!