Monday, August 11, 2008

A day of firsts:

Ridding a yellow school bus, Running a half marathon and Blacking out while running

The day began at 4am, Carlee and I drove to the drop off and caught my first yellow school bus up to the canyon where our race began. I felt like I was in a movie riding in the bus it was definitely a highlight. When we arrived at our starting spot it was cold and dark. We had to wait for an hour and a half in the cold in only our shorts and t-shirt. We started the race a good 15 minutes late. It was so cool running with so many people, the road was packed and we kept dodging people it was like a game.


So, we get 5 miles into our run and I am feeling great and then collapse! Yeah, I completely blacked out and Carlee said my legs just gave way into something that looked like the splits. Within an instant I realized I had blacked out, felt a little tingly, walked for a minuet and then started running again.


The run was great until the last 2 miles- yoch, they were a killer. The worst part was we looped around the finish line- it was such a tease. The entire last two miles my mind was going crazy: give up, NO you can do this, I am so tired, You are wonder woman, my legs hurt, pull yourself together....... But I had to keep up my shuffle to prove to Ben and Jack that I ran. It was lovely to have them come and support me even if they had to wait half an hour.


Happy,Tired, Sweaty and Stinky!


Well, it was a great experience, our time was 2hr 15min, Slow and Steady is our motto. I definitely want to run another half marathon, maybe lots but I currently have no desire to run a full marathon. I really love the health benefits of running, its so convenient and cheap. Yay for running!
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Lesley-Ann said...

Jessie did you forget to tell your mother about you blacking out? Oh my goodness maybe you need to get that checked out I don't think that is normal! But putting that aside I'm very proud of you well done, just be careful please and don't push yourself too hard X

Cami and Juan said...

That picture looks like it's uphill!!! Congratulations, that is really great.

Kimberly Presbury said...

Congrats Jess, that is so great! I could never do it, running is not my thing :) So therefore I am very proud of you...
Blacking out though, that's crazy it sounds like something that would happen to me after 5 minutes, haha...

Michelle said...

Good for you Jess, you are tough, I HATE running! I can't believe you blacked out, that is crazy, and even crazier that you kept running!!

Lisa said...

Well done, Jessica! Congratulations on your first half marathon. :)

The Scott's said...

Hey Jessica, this is Lindsay, your mom's friend?! I am so happy to get a play by play of the race from you. I missed out. I trained and ran my 10 miles a week before and came home with a very painful foot. I had to opt out of the race and was devastated, but have been wondering what it was like! So thanks for the post! I am so sorry to hear you blacked out. How scary that must have been. I can't believe you braved it up and kept running though! Amazing!

Debs said...

Wow Jess - well done!!!

Teagan said...

you are awesome!! way to go!!:)

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