Sunday, November 9, 2008

13.1? Did I hear you right?

As I start to run I feel good. Somewhat calm and at peace with the decision I have made to run this race. Not just any race might I add, but a half marathon.

Now for those of you runners out there your thinking : Why even blog about this. I am a 26.2 world champ. Maybe (Megan you fit in this category) even having run the marathon 3, 6, or 12 times. But for those of you who don't run or like I, just started running and the most you have ever run was 8 miles 2 weeks ago, this is like a really big freaking deal. 13.1 miles ain't for the weak at heart.
No, on no it's for those who are ready for a challenge. Not just of the mind, but of the BODY. You start out feeling good. Maybe even really good, but then on about mile 6 you start saying to yourself "Man, a 10k(6 miles) is sounding real good about now".

At about mile 8-9 your calf muscles begin to get weak and the seem to lose blood circulation. What was once squishy, soft muscle has now turned to what I like to call... STONE. Very heavy stone which makes you have to physically check out so that you can continue to focus on the matter at hand- finishing the race.

Most of the experts say that you begin to get a runners high that takes over and just gives you this un-imaginable power that helps you to proceed. Hmm... I must have missed the mile that we picked that up cause I never got that. I kept hoping that somewhere along the next turn I would get a ride on that train that should have been coming through, but nopes I missed right out.

As I approached mile 11.5 I started feeling the rumblies in my tummies and I seriously thought (even for a second) about jumping into the lava rock and becoming one with nature. It's hard to imagine I know, but when your running that long something happens to the insides of you. (no worries, I was able to contain myself)

The #12 never looked so sweet on the tiny orange cone I had been looking forward to seeing all along the way that would let me know each time just how much longer I would endure the thrill of this self induced joy ride! "A mile and a half" were the words they were yelling and suddenly I felt the goodness from within that I had been hoping to have at mile 3, suddenly kick in.

I started running faster(not much because at this point there was some definite numbness in the balls of my feet, besides a tingle and frozen shoulder in the right upper trap) and I could totally see Snow Canyon High where we were to end this amazing journey.

I rounded the corner and ran past all the people and I even vaguely remember a few watery tears drifting from my eyes as I realized that grass and a toilet were there with my name BOLDLEY written across them.

It was totally awesome! Hauling as much butt as I had left to haul on that track to cross the finish line. Feeling all the while like I can't believe I just put myself through this, but knowing all the more that I am doing it again baby! Oh yes, you heard me right. You start to become kinda excited by the thought of doing better next time. Running faster, being stronger and pushing yourself harder then you ever thought possible.

Some may call me crazy, I call me crazy to but watch out cause here I come!


The best part of running begins the night before with this delicious feast of carbs and sugar. Those of you who know me know exactly how much I enjoyed EVERY LAST BITE!! Oh, was it pure heavenly bliss!
Wo, Is that a 4:52? No, the 1 was broken so the used the 4. 1:53 baby. Can you see me? Ya, I'm the one with the pink bandana ready to collapse. I'm glad you couldn't see my face from the front. Not a pretty sight
Me, Sara, and Angie. 3 runnin babes!

18 comments:

Meladie said...

That's awesome! Seriously...when I watched all of those people in Bryce this last summer do that 1/2 marathon, I was amazed! I have so much respect for runners...I've just watched Chad and how much self discipline it takes. Good for you! I'm hopin' to someday say I've accomplished that...its a huge accomplishment!

The Giron Family said...

Um, ok.. that was freakin LAAAME!! LOL! Just kiddin! Congrats for you on making it through the half marathon! That takes some major stamina. Wish I could do it!

The Cavalieri Family said...

So what if going up the stairs in a hurry to get to the phone kicks my butt? Does that mean I am ready?! Congrats Kerra. That is really cool.

holli said...

I am so proud of you!!! I don't think that I would ever beable to do that. I think after the first couple of miles I would have been done. Your night before dinner looks FREAKIN' YUMMY!!!! When I am at the gym running on the treadmill, I usually give up somewhere after a mile or so. CONGRATS!!!!!
Love Ya.....Holls

Nanette said...

You are awesome!!! Way to go girl!! And your mom & Justin were pretty proud of you too! When's the marathon gonna be?

The Venutis said...

Congrats!!! I'm sure you can eat like that all week with as many calories as you probably burned.

Boo and Sara said...

Very good description on the race. I feel really good today. My knees were in so much pain the night after the race. It felt like someone had taken a hammer to them. I actually think I could do it again. Not for a little while though. We will have to keep running. You are a good partner to have, you will push me to speed up :).

Teeples Family said...

Way to go! You freakin rock girl! I have started running, but there is no way that I could have done that yet. I am planning on doing one next summer, so I have started working on that already. I have LONG way to go still. I am way proud of ya!

scott and melanie said...

what the???how come I DIDN'T KNOW about this half marathon? I would of came to cheer ya on sexy!!Your awesome. Do you want to run a marathon now? Your nuts, I went to a sports cond. class last night and he has a run the track 3 times and the stairs three times and I (big momma)wants to die!!!Maybe some year:)

Keely said...

Wow Kerra...good for you!! That is so awesome...seriously!! What a huge accomplishment!

Megan Andersen said...

AWESOME! AWESOME!! AWESOME!!! I'm freakin' proud of you...what an accomplishment! There is no way in hell that I could run 13 miles right now!! I've turned into a running hermit this past month. Your definitely have the runner's bug now....
I have an idea!!! Since it's clear that you are going to kick some serious a*% next year in the marathon...let's qualify for Boston together!!

Megan Andersen said...

P.S. I was reading your comments...LOVE Sara Lyon! Let's get our own little running group going!! I need some motivation right now!!!

brit said...

count me in next time.

Fritzsche's said...

You are amazing! I'm all up for suggestions on my back. What can I do or how can you help me? I know that I need to work on strengthening my legs because I use my back all the time due to my legs being so weak. It's all a mess.

amsorensen.blogspot.com said...

good hell girlfriend u r awesome!!!!!! well now that ive taken up cycling i havent ran in about 3 months. i was a runner, ran a few 5 & 10 k's but never the marathon. i wanted 2 just didn't... but i know wut u mean, it's AWESOME!!! but my knee's started hurtin & hips, so i took up the bike..
u r a hot babe runner keep it goin !!

stocksfamily said...

WOW! I really admire you for being able to run a marathon like that! I ran my first 5k last year and thought I was going to pass out! I can't imagine 12 or 13 miles! Way to go!

Marcae said...

Atta girl! I am so proud of you!What an accomplishment! I must say that the goodies before and after are DEFINITELY worth every mile :) Way to go!

Jayci said...

You kick ass, Kerra! That's awesome! Dude - you're like the chics at the gym that I'm checkin' out. I'm gonna ask to touch you when we get together!