40th Half Marathon in 2014

40th Half Marathon in 2014

Dallas Metro PCS Half Marathon

December 14, 2014

Half Marathon #40 of 40 in 2014

I turned 40 and set a goal to run 40 half marathons in 2014 to celebrate.

Never did I know how I would make it happen nor did I know how this goal would change my life.  

What I did know was if I set a goal and shared it with others, I would do whatever it took to accomplish it.

 I would not make excuses.

Running the races was not the difficult part of the goal.  The challenging part was funding and scheduling the races since I worked full time as a teacher and was sole provider for my children. With the support of family, friends and a part time job in November, I completed the goal, but at Race 33, I did consider quitting.    My mom was a big cheerleader for me during this goal and was not going to allow me to give up at this point; plus, I have never been one to give up.  I created a plan to finish  and implemented the plan.

Dallas Metro PCS Marathon is one of the larger marathons in Dallas, TX and used to be called Dallas White Rock Marathon with thousands of runners. My mom and I went to the expo on Saturday.  My boys and best friend came downtown to support me and we all stayed at the Sheraton. My lifelong friend Casey, who has been an encourager of my running through the years, met me at the start line to pace me for a PR (personal record).  It was not a PR, but I did push myself and finished strong with a time of 2:21:10.

Several friends and family awaited me at the finish line cheering as I finished this monumental goal.

We all met at Gator’s for brunch to celebrate after the race. It was such an honor to have friends and family to support me through this adventure. It was a life changing goal and I am still in shock when I think about it.  There were times when it seemed impossible and I questioned my sanity.

 As I reflect, I consider it my mid-life crisis.  Overall, I have a feeling of pride and accomplishment for pushing through.  I learned so much about myself through this process and saw myself transform through the year while making friends all over the world.

I have completed the Dallas Metro PCS half marathon twice, but this one was my 40th half marathon in 2014.  I began this adventure with half marathon number one in with Mississippi Blues on January 11, 2014 and finished in Dallas, TX on December 14, 2014 and traveling in ten states in the USA.

2 Thoughts on “40th Half Marathon in 2014

  1. Awesome job Christi! I am so proud of you and so glad I met you on one of your half marathon goals.

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