30 Before 30: Run a Half-Marathon

by Jessica on November 16, 2011

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Well, as you can tell from above, the race is over. This past Sunday I completed 13.1 miles with an Official time of 3:17:01. The guy in the photo above? That’s Emily’s boyfriend, Daniel. Emily ended up injuring her knee two months ago, so Daniel filled in for her. He finished in an incredible 2:29:08 – we’re so proud of him!

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And that awesome boyfriend I’m always talking about? You know… C? That’s him running alongside me. He jumped in at Mile 8 to motivate me on the last leg. I’m still in shock. When he texted that he had a surprise for me coming up after the turn-around, I thought it might be a big sign or something. I had no idea he would run the rest with me. Such an incredible and supportive guy… I’m so blessed.

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About to cross the finish line! I had C in one ear and Momma G, Emily and Daniel in the other yelling, “You go you two!” and “Congrats” as we approached. It was so uplifting and I was so excited to finish!

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Even though Emily couldn’t run, she showed up with camera in hand to shoot photos and cheer us on (alongside Momma G, of course!)!

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I’m happy that I accomplished one of my ’30’ goals, but I’m so glad this race is over. I was super-anxious and nervous leading up to the big day… and now my thighs are still on fire three days later. My toes are killing me, as well. While running the Cowtown sounded fun several months ago, I think I might be passing on that one. :)

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nicole November 16, 2011 at 8:25 am

Way to go! Give it time and you’ll want to run another one. Such a big accomplishment.

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2 Christina November 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

Way to go! That’s awesome. :o) I’m very proud of you… not only for accomplishing a half marathon, but for achieving another one of your goals!

That’s on my agenda for 2012.

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3 Krystal @ {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} November 16, 2011 at 11:14 am

Awesome job J!!! I’m so proud of you, running a half marathon is not an easy feat. It is one of my goals last year, and I remember the feeling of hate and love all at once. You hate running but love yourself after it’s done! Amazing job, and what an amazing man C is to run the rest of it with you. How sweet!!!!!!!

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4 Eliana November 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Congrats Jessica! Job well done :)

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5 Jessica @Sunny Side Up November 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Awesome job!! You should be so proud of yourself! And I just think it’s totally adorable that C jumped in at the end. What a nice surprise. :)

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