Ahhh. This Star Wars Rebel Challenge weekend has, by far, topped all my 2015 weekends. My close friend, ate Liz, gave birth end of November and she told Coy and I that she had a dilemma. Liz wasn't looking forward to doing both the 10K and the half marathon. For some reason, I offered to do the 10K and she would do the half marathon. After leaving her house, I asked Coy what did I get myself into? Lol Funny thing is we told each other we would go to the gym and train together. Little did we realize, the event was happening in less than two weeks. Haha! What's even funnier is that we saw our friends, Russ & Cara, at the registration two days before the event. (Click on that link, they're professional photographers! Hehe)
What did I do to train, you ask? Nothing. I did nothing. =) I walked my dog more than normal though, but I didn't run or jog with my dog. I was being conceited and told myself I've done a 5K before, I could do a 10K. Then comes the morning of the event. I dreaded this day, yet I was pumped once I got to Disneyland. My app on my phone, FIT Radio, got me pumped up. Hahaha My friend's bib said I could be in Wave B, but I chose to go to the last wave. My main goal was to finish and get the medal. 3-2-1, GO! I jogged the first 5K, then I walked, then jogged, and I did it! My time was 1:27! (I think.) It was so fun, such an amazing experience. It was great. My boyfriend waited for me at the finish line and we went to Roscoe's Chicken Waffles after to celebrate.
Later that night, it was my friend's birthday dinner at this fancy restaurant. (Happy birthday again, Trinity!) I had to give the bib back to Ate Liz because the half marathon was the morning after. Thirty minutes later, Coy and I are fighting for the half marathon bib. LOL I convinced Coy to let me do it, since I've never done one before. Hahaha So yes, how did I train for this half marathon? Nothing. I did nothing. I ate a lot... yesss, that's the norm though.
Sunday morning, I catch up with Christy and I sneak into Wave A with her. Mind you, this girl is an avid runner. I warned her to go ahead and leave me because I was not ready. She stayed with me the entire 3:30! (Thanks again, Christy!) I think by Mile 8, my left foot was hurting. Christy told me to baby jog, so I tried and would last 5 seconds of trying. The sight of the sign "Mile 12" was the best thing I've read all year.. I mean, where the heck was Mile 12 during Mile 8? Gahhh, but did I die?! Bwahaha. No. I jogged the last .1 mile with Christy and I don't know how to describe that feeling. It was.. nice and joyous.
At the end of the finish line, I saw the First Aid section and I asked them to put ice around my legs. Lol I was limping and I couldn't wait to elevate my legs at home. Coy called me and said he was waiting for me inside the event finish line. I saw him and I tried holding back my tears, but I cried. I kept hugging him because I didn't want him to see my tears. Soo.. that was a long hug. Hahaha I felt so happy, thankful, and I felt soo sore. Haha Coy and I went to our favorite spot to eat Banh Mi in Costa Mesa to celebrate the run.
This was the best weekend of 2015 and I thank you, Ate Liz, for letting me do this! Thanks for having baby Noah and not being able to run this challenge. Haha just kidding. And thank you to all my friends who convinced me to do the half. Thanks to the other friends, aka Tony, for calling me a wimp which forced me to prove you wrong! I love you anyway, hahaha. Am I going to do this again? Yes, yes I am. =)
A BIG shoutout to my boyfriend for driving me at 4AM each day, parking, walking with me to the start line, going back to the car in the parking lot to go back to sleep, and then taking me out to breakfast/lunch. Best boyfriend award goes to... that guy next to me. <3 br=""> 3>
'til next time,