Saturday, June 11, 2011

I did it

I am happy to report that last Sunday I ran in my first 1/2 marathon.  It was one of the hardest things I have ever done but I ran all of it with 2 water stops.  The last 2 miles mentally were hard!  I was so ready to stop and walk but I just kept saying...one foot in front of the other...just keep going.  And somehow I was able to do it.  My official race time was 2hrs 40 min and 49 sec.  My garmin said I did 12.00 min miles in moving time.  It shows me my total time and then my time taking out the stops.  My goal for the race was to do under 12 min moving miles.  So....with that I was 1 sec over which I am totally good with.  Physically I had only 2 problems.  At mile 7 I started feeling a blister on my left foot.  I had never had foot issues on my runs so I was not prepared for that.  By the end I had a big blister between my big toe and the ball of the foot making it painful to move my big toe.  Also interestingly enough I rubbed myself raw with the top edge of my bra.  NOt sure what that was about but I have known I needed to get better exercise bras....guess this was the proof I needed.  

Music is really important to me on any day but esp for running.  I have a good "workout music" playlist that I listen to on my workouts.  The night before the race I downloaded some new stuff and made a "best of" playlist where it was only the music that really got me pumped up.  That sure helped a lot!  I like a  WIDE variety of music.  Several people have asked me for my list of workout songs....so here is my "ultimate workout" playlist.  Warning...some songs are not squeaky clean!  I like a little rap in there so download any songs at your own discretion.

Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) by Beyoncé
Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) by Big & Rich
Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas
Jai Ho! (as made famous by A. R. Rahman & Pussycat Dolls)
Run It! (Featuring Juelz Santana) by Chris Brown
One, Two Step by Ciara
All I Do Is Win (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross) by DJ Khaled
Lose Yourself by Eminem
Club Can't Handle Me (feat. David Guetta) by Flo Rida
Right Round by Flo Rida
Proud by Heather Small
I'll Be Your Man by James Blunt
Stay the Night by James Blunt
Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys) by Jay-Z
Somebody to Love by Justin Bieber
Firework by Katy Perry
Crazy Beautiful Life by Ke$ha
Doin It by LL Cool J
Control Myself (Featuring Jennifer Lopez)by LL Cool J & Jennifer Lopez
Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock)by LMFAO Party Rock Anthem
Country Girl (Shake It for Me) by Luke Bryan
Beauty in the World by Macy Gray
Your Moment (from the Biggest Loser) by Mark Holman
Faster by Matt Nathanson
Raise Your Glass by P!nk
Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer) by Pitbull
Hips Don't Lie (featuring Wyclef Jean) by Shakira
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Dynamite  by Taio Cruz
Hey, Soul Sister by  Train 2
Yeah! by Usher featuring Lil' Jon & Ludacris Confessions (
Knee Deep (feat. Jimmy Buffett) by Zac Brown Band
In da Club by 50 Cent
Candy Shop by 50 Cent

On the same day as my race there was a race in Livermore called the Hook and Ladder.  It is a race with hot firemen all along the course and it is shorter....5K or 10K.  All of my running friends were doing that race so I ran this one solo.  I was feeling a little sad when I started the race that there was going to be no one at the end to celebrate with when I finished.  Well at mile 9 I heard some yelling and I looked over to see my dear friend Jewell and her daughter on the course cheering me on!  They were so awesome!  At one point she drove by me with a sign out the truck cheering for me.  They were at mile 11 with a sign that said only 2 more miles!  That was EXACTLY what I needed at that point!  It was also awesome to have them at the finish line to help me celebrate! 
My official time put me 1096h place of 1519 overall and 207 place of 292 in my age bracket.  To the person that asked if I was in the bottom forth of finishers...I am happy to say no...I wasn't....for overall or age.  I am not sure I will ever run another one of these but I am proud to say I did it!  I feel like I have talked about it so much lately, so I promise to all of those that have to be around me in real life...I wont talk about it much more.  


  1. You did it! If I lived closer I would have been cheering you on with Jewell and her daughter. If I was just a little bit crazier I would have run it with you! You're amazing!

  2. I'm glad that you're not saying "never again" cuz I'd love to run a half with you. Sorry I wasn't there to cheer you on since I was traveling. Jewell rocks...and Jordan too.

  3. Wow...that's so inspiring! You go girllllll!