I may want to find a more elegant solution for the race medal, but in the meantime I just put a small nail in the wall and hung it from that. Look at me, I'm a "finisher"!
Here are a few photos from the race, courtesy of Sam -- who came out to run the last 3 miles with me -- and my Mom, who came along with my brother and aunt to see me finish. It was a lot of fun!
From 7am to 9:03am, I got to run some amazing Vermont country roads with beautiful mountain views. Of course, much of the time I was staring at the crest of whatever hill I was currently struggling up, telling myself that what goes up must come down.
Thank you to all the volunteers who staffed the course and -- maybe most importantly -- the water stations! Here's me slowing to a walk as I pass through an aid station so I don't slosh gatorade all over my face while trying to drink it.
Rounding the corner to the finish, a final sprint past the girl who had been running a bit in front of me much of the way. So satisfying! Thanks to Sam's encouragement, I managed to pass a handful of people in the final few miles that I'd been trailing most of the race.
Finished! Exhausted, but that just means I left it all on the road. I don't think I could have pushed any harder, and that feels great!
Anyway, this post had almost nothing to do with apartment decorating, but I wanted to share anyway since running has been my other hobby for a little while now. Just a word of encouragement for anyone who thinks they could never do this: you can if you want to! I just started running a year ago, and I really stepped it up to train for this race (I was running maybe two times a week before that, about 3 miles at a time). I followed Hal Higdon's training schedule for half marathons (I used the Novice 2 program), which had me running four times a week for 12 weeks. Over that period I ran 200 miles, which meant that by race day I had the most important thing of all: mental confidence that I could do it. Even though the course was tough, I didn't doubt that I'd make it at any point during the race. And it felt amazing to finally cross that finish line!