Thursday, June 23, 2011

THE Race to Robie- my first half marathon

Here it is, the long awaited, oft anticipated, report on the Race to Robie.  So you understand, when Betty and I started this crazy adventure we call 'running' in mid January, we had no intent to do this.  In fact, we adamantly exclaimed that we would NOT be doing this, because as everyone knows, Betty and I are sane people.
Over time it progressed to a Maybe, then a 'I'll get the entry, but I can always sell it' to a "BRING IT!" - but only one time!  Within 24 hours, I was willing to do it again 'if the theme was right'.  Betty continued to swear, 'one and done'.  A couple of weeks ago, while shopping for new shoes -yep we actually WORE OUT some running shoes- Betty admitted she might be talked into doing it again.  I have also decided that I am actually planning to do it again next year.  ACK- I have lost all sense of reason! :)

So, here are our happy grinning faces before the race with another friend who left us completely in the dust!

Spotted pre-race in the crowd, we decided it was one of the funniest things EVER!

Here are a few of the 'views' during the race.  Just to give you a tiny feel for the terrain, and YES that is snow you see in some of the pictures!

 Almost there and at this point I am REALLY trying to pass some of those shirts we have been following the entire way, I keep telling Betty, 'come on, we can take 'em"- yep, I am not competitive at all, not one teeny tiny bit!  LOL!!

WE DID IT!  We met out goal and finished Robie!  Our fabulous support crew "K" was up on the hill and took this picture!  She was cheering us on.  So funny, Betty says "She better come down because I am not climbing up there", it wasn't until in the car on the way back that she learned she actually said it out loud - we all got a great giggle out of that.  We also learned that our support crew was correct, and potato chips, AMAZING post race food.  They will now be a required item in my post race bag.  Thank you "K" for ALL of your support and encouragement!

Now, I know that I can pretty much do anything I put my mind to.  It just take perseverance and work, no big deal ---- most days!

1 comment:

  1. It was the most amazing adventure with the best training partner/running spouse EVER! Our support team was the BEST - THANKS K! And yeah I have another Robie in me and I promise this time I won't almost make the summit and then whine that I want to stop. I'll just suffer silently ;)