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