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5 half marathons in 5 days in 5 states

Do you think it is crazy to run 5 half marathons in 5 days in 5 states?

 

 

I thought so too, but I like to be challenged.  I knew I could do anything I set my mind to do, but never did I know that this challenge would change my life.

 

In January 2014, I decided to run 40 half marathons before December 2014.  I was not sure how to make it happen, but I was going to give it my all. As of September, I have completed 29 and learned a lot about life and health through this journey.

5 half marathons in 5 days in 5 states is part of www.mainlymarathons.com.  We completed the Center of the Nation Series and included Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska.

I taught summer school to fund the 5/5/5 adventure. I registered in July for the races, purchased airfare, and booked the hotels.  Misty agreed to this craziness with me.

 

On Tuesday, September 16, Stacey drove us to the airport at 4:30am with a bag full of snacks.  Only a true friend will drive you to the airport at God early!  The airport was uneventful and the layover in Denver included a gooey cinnamon roll to share.

6:07am departure

6:07am departure

 

We met Kevin on the plane from Denver to Rapid City.  He lives in the town south of us and has run 288 marathons.  He was running full marathons in the 5/5/5 series and explained to us that there would be running legends at this series.

 

We arrived in South Dakota, picked up our rental car and headed to Mount Rushmore. It was amazing to see in real life. Driving through SD, ND, and MT was boring.  There were no restaurants or anything much to see in the 4 hour drive. We arrived at packet pickup for our tee shirt, race bib, and medal.  We arrived at the Red River Inn, but were not able to check in until the other ladies we were sharing a room with arrived.  We ate at the attached diner and checked email while we waited. Finally, we were able to get into room and prepare for day 1.  Daisy and Jeanine roomed with us the first two days and they were running the full.

 

Race 1 of 5 was in Baker, MT.

 

We woke up, dressed, and headed to the race. We represented Texas with our outfits and became known as the “Texas team.” We were nervous and not sure what we got ourselves into… it was too late at this time to back out!

Montana complete

Montana complete

 

We ran loops around a small lake/pond with some roadkill along the course. Each loop was about 2 miles resulting in running more than 13.1 miles. We started making friends on the course while everyone would cheer each other on as we passed each other time and time again on the loops.  Several of the runners were running full marathons and were much older than us. We met running legend Larry Macon who holds several world records in the Guinness Book of World Records.

 

There was no chip timing. Each loop we picked up a rubber band and when you had 7 rubber bands, you were finished. As you came through to pick up your rubber band, there was a table of food and a table for drinks.  The volunteers were amazing providing food and drinks for us as we made our loops.
Lap 7 was our victory lap! We picked up our MT medal, took a picture, and headed to hotel for shower. After showering, we asked locals where to eat.  We ate at a local diner, stopped at the local grocer for water and advil before heading to Bowman, ND for the next race.

Day 2 will be on next blog.

Diva Dash Half Marathon

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Galveston, Texas 15 0f 40 in 2014

Diva Dash Half Marathon

 

A month has gone by since this race and I have not been able to bring myself to blog about it. It was by far my worst time, but time has nothing to do with the essence here. What happened at the end of the Diva Dash Half Marathon has scared my mind and broken my heart.

Garrett and I woke up early and headed to Houston to pick up Danielle before headed to Galveston.  We chose to commuted between Houston and Galveston; so, Danielle could be a part of the weekend.

The highlight of the trip was the time I had with a lifelong friend Leila (terrible part is we did not take a picture together).  I loved the time we had together. She has been sick for a couple of years and had convinced me to do the 10 day detox diet with her which I did.  The detox changed my life and helped me to find some inner health problems of my own. I will share in another post. We enjoyed lunch, shopping on the strand, and the Diva Dash Half Marathon Expo.

I spent the remainder of the evening reading about the detox diet and watching meaningless television in the hotel.  We woke up early, picked up Danielle, and headed to Galveston.  They let me out close to the start line.  I found the port-a-potties and my way to the start line. It took me about 3 miles to find my mojo which is unusual and I still don’t think I ever found it by my time in this race.  It was humid and hot outside. The course had a couple of small hills and ran along the seawall.  The scenery was amazing running along the beach and seeing the winners pass you on their way back. The second person on the return was a 12 year old runner which was inspiring to see. 20140520-222946-80986649.jpg

At mile 13, they adorned you with a boa and a crown to cross the finish line which was a nice bonus, but always the Diva Dash Half Marathon’s key attractions.  At the finish line, you had the choice of champagne or Ginger Ale which I love both.  I chose the champagne.

As I approached the finish line, the officials directed us to the left.  On the right, the emergency response team was performing CPR on a young lady.  I knew the outcome wasn’t good when they carried her away and there was not any response from the CPR.  My heart aches as I write this.  She was there on her bachlorette party and was to be married in two short weeks after the race.  She had run many marathons and had a heart condition un-diagnosed heart condition.  I will forever be shaken by the Diva Dash Half Marathon. Read more about Kaytie Joyner here.  God bless her family and fiance. 20140520-222951-80991816.jpg

Diva Dash Half Marathon was race 15 of 40 in 2014 in Galveston, TX.  It was a woman’s race which I loved the support and encouragement of other women along the race. I loved running along the beach.  The heat and humidity was tough and my time was bad.  The finish line story leaves me with a broken heart for Kaytie’s family and friends.

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Rhythm & Blues Half Marathon

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Rhythm & Blues Half Marathon  was the sixth marathon in my goal of 40 in 2014.  It was my first time to run in Houston, Texas and overall a great race.  I arrived in Houston on Friday evening via the megabus. Garrett and Danielle picked me up at the bus station and we checked into our Residence Inn by Mariott suite.   Mariott has been my choice in hotels lately for the great service and cleanliness. After checking in, we went for sushi.  Saturday morning, we went to Rhythm & Blues Half Marathon packet pick-up and then to the Houston Galleria for shopping.  Packet pickup was easy and they had the Clif Shots in Vanilla which made me very happy.  I stocked up on them since I have not been able to find them locally. While shopping at the Galleria, I purchased a pair of lululemon running tights which I will share more about in another blog post.

After a morning of shopping, I attended an event sponsored by Essence magazine featuring Tony Gaskins. The event was very nice and informational.  I will share more about it in another blog post.  I want to stay focused on Rhythm & Blues Half Marathon. Garrett, Danielle, and I went to dinner at Goode Seafood which was incredible before I returned to the hotel to rest for the race.

Garrett & Danielle

Race day has arrived and I was up and ready for the race.  I was not sure what to expect since I had not exercised since the race a week ago and had traveled a lot. Garrett dropped me off at the starting line and I felt great.  The weather was perfect and the race was small and had a friendly atmosphere.  It did start a little late which was fine because it gave me time to visit the porta potty and set up my music.  The race started and we were off.  It was a double loop and did not have a lot of scenery, but it did have several bands playing and friendly volunteers handing out water and Gatorade.

At about mile 8, I met a first timer who told me she had knee problems.  The lady next to us started praying for her, her knees, and claiming victory for her to finish.  I was impressed with her faith to speak out for a stranger in the middle of a marathon. I love seeing people reach out to others who are hurting.  We visited for the next mile and I were separated while she slowed down to wait for her friend.

I pushed had at the end to beat a 2:30 time, but did not beat it.  I am slowly improving, but not as much as I would like to improve.  I will start on intervals this week. The best part of the race was having Garrett and Danielle at the finish line to cheer for me. Garrett was shouting, “mom mom mom” while Danielle was filming.  They ran up and hugged me and we headed to the pizza and beer tent.

Rhythm & Blues Half Marathon – video of finish line

Overall, the race was great!

My son and Danielle there to cheer for me was the best.

The Lululemon running tights prevented chaffing.

The medal was great!

The pizza and beer were good too!

Rhythm & Blues half marathon #6 of 40 in 2014!

2/15 Stonebridge Ranch Half in McKinney, TX