Karen (on the right) and I have been training for the upcoming Kansas City Half-Marathon in mid October. On the weekend the inaugural Lee's Summit Half-Marathon was slated to happen (September 20) we were scheduled to run 12 miles on our training plan. SOOOO when the entry price to participate in this new half became overwhelmingly "tempting", we decided to do it as part of our training for the next half. It probably didn't make sound sense, but we didn't care!! :)
The weather was PERFECT on the morning of the half!! It was a bit nippy to start, but we certainly warmed in a hurry!
I had been documenting races through photos for awhile before it dawned on me that almost always, I'd get a picture of us with the porta potties in the background. It's really funny, but not!! Those porta potties are a welcome sight for those of us ready to run or walk or run/walk for several miles.
We enjoyed the National Anthem and then we were off!!
I tried to be a more "serious" runner this time and refrain from a lot of photo taking. HOWEVER, I love to take pictures of the mile markers. We met a young runner who was doing his first half. . .he decided to hang out with us as we were doing run/walk intervals of 3 min. running and 1 min. walking. He figured he could keep us with the old ladies who were run/walking. Anyway, he was fun and really got into spotting the markers for me to photograph.
Oh. . .and he kept up with us until about mile 10, then we lost him. He told us that 7 miles was the longest run he'd had until that morning! :)
We had a pretty good time for us . . .2hr and 42 min. and some seconds. This was the fastest half we'd done so far!
We are pictured with Steve, of BODIES RUNNING, who was the organizer of this event. . .he also leads our Speed Workout Sessions every Tuesday morning! I've really enjoyed that new addition to my running. . .and I really appreciate his guidance.
THE STONE RABBIT and I both love the great NIKE shirts we received for doing the run, plus the awesome finishers medal!!
Karen and I have our next half in a couple of weeks, then we are doing one more in November so we can qualify to be members of the Half Fanatics!! Yes, we are a little running crazy right now!
When I ran my first race, a 5K in Oct. of 2010, I never dreamed I'd be able to do any longer distance than that. I was soooo wrong! Since that day I've done gobs of 5Ks, three 10Ks and now four half marathons....with two more to complete this year.
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