So Thankful Card, and the Rest of the Half-Marathon Story

Thanks for tuning in today! I’ll start with part 2 of the half marathon. If you remember, I was going to run my first race of the year on April 6 outside of Milwaukee WI. Thank you to everyone that contributed to my fundraising effort, I made my goal and then some!

I ran a half marathon in November and beat my best time by 12 minutes. Yes, that’s almost a minute faster per mile in 11 months. I planned on taking some time off of running to let some things heal up, but actually, that didn’t happen. You see, I was on the elliptical machine at the gym, staring at the treadmills and well, I knew I couldn’t stop running.

Knowing I had this half marathon coming up, I bucked up the mileage again in January.  This race plan was different –  we were going to run at a set pace (slower than my normal pace), with planned walking between each mile.

There were 2 goals, one was to break the Guinness World Record for Most Runners Tethered together for a Half Marathon, the other was Most Money Raised for  Half Marathon.

Tethered, you ask? Like this:

Beth Pingry Team Lifestriders tethered

Here we are starting the race, this is the timing mat we run over to start the official timer chips. The 2 dudes in yellow hats and the one right in front of me  were brothers, and they joked and cracked us up for the entire race!

Beth Pingry Team Lifestiders

We had orchestrated hand signals, walkie-talkie captains, even an official bathroom break, primitive style. We finished the race in just under 3 hours, and it seems initially that we broke both records. We’re just waiting on the official paperwork to go through the verification process.

Here’s the group of 103 runners and one of the 13-year-old clients, Matthew, of Lifestriders Therapeutic Riding Facility, an equine therapy facility for disabled people.  Matthew’s mom ran with us, and he waited for us at the end so she could push him across the finish line with the group!Beth Pingry Team Lifestriders

Oh look we made the TV news! And here is another video from the Lifestriders Facebook Page.

And this is my sister, her friend and me after the race, I’m looking rather fluffy (I had 5 layers on, it was chilly, a bit rainy and windy).

Beth Pingry Team LIfestriders

So my card today reflects how I feel to everyone that texted, Facebooked, donated, supported me in this endeavor! You can see more on how I made it, today my day to post on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Crafty Power Blog!

Beth Pingry So Thankful Card

Thank you for reading! Cookies for everyone! (Except me, my next race is in 5 weeks and I have some pavement to pound!)

Beth

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3 responses to “So Thankful Card, and the Rest of the Half-Marathon Story

  1. Great job setting a PR!! Can’t believe you were tethered together. That would make for a hard race! Way to go. I’m gearing up for one myself in June.

  2. congrats Beth – that is a wonderful accomplishment!! Very pretty card too.

  3. Fabulous post, Beth!! SO wonderful to hear the story behind the race – was wondering why this one. SO COOL~! Again, congrats! xo