I just can't believe it I finished a 1/2 marathon. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would say that unless I was being chased by a grizzly. Even after training for 4 months I was skeptical, at the 4 mile marker I had an inner conversation with myself about abandoning the plan to finish the 1/2 marathon and just go in the 1/4 marathon path. But I stuck with it and crossed the finish line smiling even! Thanks to my brother Kurt, who ran the whole thing with me, and my sister Beth, who pushed me everyday to train. You are not prepared though for the feeling of utter exhaustion at the finish line though. I ran the whole 13.1 miles feeling pretty good without too much pain. As soon as I stopped to get a water in the recovery area my legs turned to jello. I was able to walk out of the area but man did my body punish me the next two days for running. By Monday Night, I was feeling back to my normal self.
We celebrated our big accomplishment on Saturday night with dinner out. Kathy surprised us with a babysitter for the 5 little ones and we all went out to a very nice dinner. Rosie was lucky enough to tag along. Nate and I spent the teaching her proper dining etiquette. She was spoiled rotten. Drinking Shirley Temples, eating gourmet mac and cheese, and even enjoyed dessert. It was such a great night and we didn't have to worry about the little kids at home. I didn't get to relax much since we have been home since we've been getting the camper ready for our first camping trip today. So I better get back to work, nature calls. :-)