Here is one more pic from the race on Saturday. The course photographer snapped it around mile 5ish. This picture just makes me smile. It was such an awesome thing to run shoulder to shoulder with Shane and share such a fun experience with him.
Shane and Ryan (12 and 14) had both begged us to sign them up for this half marathon back in January when Josh and I were signing up. I tried to talk them out of it but they both really wanted to and were confident they could. We agreed, under the conditions that they prepared well for it, and that they would not argue with me if I decided they weren't ready when it was race time. I really wanted it to be a good experience for them if they did it, and I am very much not a pushy parent. I like my kids to be active and involved, but I want them all to find their own passions and talents. Out of our 12 kids, these are the two that are interested in running. (Sadies, my oldest, is a natural runner, but she likes the shorter track events, like the 300m hurdles. She's awesome!)
Shane and Ryan both ran on a Ragnar relay team in June and they both ran 2-3 times a week, with one longer run each weekend (finishing with a 12 miler). They did great! After each run we evaluated how they were feeling and both of them were always happy and confident and excited for the race. I was so impressed at how well they did. (They made it look too easy actually!) I could not be more proud of them.
I knew that Ryan would pace himself well and walk when he needed to, but I was a little worried that Shane (who is way more competitive) would push himself too hard and burn out. He did a really good job pacing himself though and both boys felt great at the end and really enjoyed the experience.
The only bummer was that despite running a 1:33:00 at age 12, Shane did not win a thing! His age group was 10-24, and the top three finishers were all in his age group (college and high school runners). I told him he won some major bragging rights though! :)
I know that we live in a pretty remote area, but if you are looking for a summer half marathon next year with cool running temps, gorgeous scenery, a fabulous course, perfect organization, nice swag, incredible support, an awesome home-town/family feel, and a worthy cause, the Star Valley Half Marathon is a wonderful race. And all of the pics I have posted they provided for free. The Kunz family do an amazing job, and have found a beautiful way to honor and carry on the memory of Jeremy.
Plus if you come, you can hang out with me. :)
Things have been great since the race. I had an easy recovery run on Sunday and have had two speedwork days since then. Today I did 11 miles total on the track with 6x1 mile repeats. I usually do this workout on the roads but decided to mix it up today. It was a mental challenge and a tough workout, but it was also really fun. My mileage is building back up, I am at "full strength" with my core and strength training, I have started doing visualization, I am focused on my nutrition, and I am working hard. I love, love, love the feeling of being in full training mode. (If you are looking for a great ab workout for runners, check out this one from Kara and Shalane. Thanks Nancy for sending it to me! I have added this to the end of my regular core workout and can definitely feel it!!)
There are six and a half weeks until the Pocatello Marathon. My BFF Jennifer is coming from Florida to run it as her first marathon and the weekend is just going to be amazing and fun. Josh and the kids will be able to be at the finish line (yay!) Pocatello was my first half marathon and was my first BQ race, and I love it. I am doing everything I can to get my body and mind ready to run a great race in Pokey. Winning the half marathon on Saturday definitely gave me a confidence boost.
How is your running going? What are you training for? More soon!
"The will to win is worthless if you do not have the will to prepare."— Thane Yost
"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work." — Stephen King