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May 10, 2010


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Congratulations on finishing your first Mini!!!!! I'm very envious and proud of you!

I did the mini a few years ago, I cried because..HOLYSHIT I DID IT!!!

Looking forward to hearing about your Chicago run.

I am NOT a runner but I do know that you should NOT be disappointed! My goodness girl - YOU DID IT! You finished! That is huge, awesome, wonderful and something you will always have! You finished your first half marathon without giving up and I think you are a superstar!

Congratulations! Maybe you feel like you would do it differently now that it's over, but 13.1 miles is a ridiculous feat and what you accomplished is amazing.
And like you said, this is only the beginning...

You did it! You should be proud and happy. And yes, I cried during my first half as well.

You might need to try some gels and stuff as fuel so you won't hit a wall late in the race.

In your head you need to subtract those 6 minutes you lost waiting to pee. Seriously! Presto! Now you're at 2:47. Only 7 minutes off from your goal!

I'm sorry those last miles were so awful. They were no cake walk for me either...I think our bodies decided 10 miles was reasonable and anything over, well, just wasn't. Lesson learned. UG!

I also saw a woman wearing a "13.1 miles is half of nothing" shirt at the end of the race and thought, I need to get me one of those!

Congratulations on doing a half the FIRST YEAR you started running. It took me 10 years of jogging and doing short races to gather the courage to try. You are awesome.

I'm so proud of you! I cried right along with you while reading this because I hate that it wasn't everything you'd hoped, but you said it on your picture--"Just keep running!" 13.1 miles is a giant accomplishment. I'm not sure I could run to my mailbox. Good goin'!

Congratulations! What a huge accomplishment. I want to do a 5k but keep putting it off because I am scared....can't imagine a half. Whoo Hoo! You rock.

COngratulations - you did it! I think you are being too hard on yourself; running 13.1 miles is a huge accomplishment and you made it. You trained, you prepared, and you did it!

You did it! And it sounds like it was a huge learning experience. Congratulations!!!!!

Btw - you should definitely send in feedback to the organizers about the bathroom situation - I have NEVER had a problem like that, there have been huge rows of porta-potties in any big race I've done and no waiting in line. 6 minutes is totally ridiculous!!

I know you didn't make exactly the time you were hoping, but to a girl who is lucky she runs in the rain through the Target parking lot these days, I am so proud of you for having the guts to take this on, and the determination to finish when it became so difficult. You really are amazing. What an accomplishment!!

This was an EXTREMELY bad-ass accomplishment. You should be proud of yourself!!

I am proud. You are amazing. I was a runner back in the day and reading this made me cry. It feels like nothing else. You have inspired me to get off my ass and do something with myself. Thank you.

It sucks to finish the first one and know you could have done better, but the upside is this: as long as you keep training, you'll pretty much guarantee yourself a PR at the next one, which is awesome.

Did you eat anything while you were on course, or take in calories at all? It sounds like your blood sugar crashed, which would explain the sudden pain, exhaustion, and weepiness. Practice getting calories in on your longer training runs going forward, and develop a schedule you can stick to (a Gu every hour, etc). The key is to take on calories before you start feeling hungry, because then it's too late.

And, lastly, if it makes you feel any better, your first half marathon totally kicked my first half marathon's butt: I finished my first one in 3:20:41 and, yeah, it sucked just as much as you're probably thinking it did.

I am glad to see you're getting a better perspective on it after a few days. If nothing else, you ran way, WAY farther than most people would ever even think of, because you are AWESOME.


You cried for the last mile. I cried for the last 3 paragraphs decribing that mile.

To have accomplihed what you did with the setbacks is AWESOME. They talk in sport sometimes (especially guys) about " knowing what it takes to win". People told you, coached you and supported you. But, I believe now YOU KNOW what it takes to win.

To call 13.1 miles a mini is a joke. It is no small distance. Mini mean small, little or dinkie. That distance is can not use any of those adjectivesin a true way. Good job.

I released that last post too soon. The phone rang and I was trying to talk and post simultaneously... not good.

So, now that you know, you add that knowledge to the feelings in your heart and who knows ???

Thanks for sharing this amazing journey. My love to you and your amazing family. You guys keep me keepin' on.

Bree - you are totally bad-ass! I can't do 4 miles without feeling like death, so 13.1 miles is beyond the possible for me. But maybe one day I'll be able to write a post like this, and hopefully finish in under 3 hours too!

Congratulations! I can't even imagine running 13.1 miles. The 3 mile walk I took today was good enough for me :)

Congratulations! I hope that with some time and perspective you are feeling as bad ass as you are. You should be so proud of yourself - during the Mini, I was sitting on my fat ass at home! I hope the Chicago Half is better to you - I'm sure it will be, now you know what to expect!

I am very proud of you. I have have never ran a whole mile...unless you count the days that I was late for Genetics class. This is a very touching post. I cried a little reading this even though I already knew that you finished the entire race.

See you soon.

Just like Luke...I'm proud of you!

I'm normally just a lurker/reader, but I had to comment on this. I've run the Mini several times and am so proud of you for completing your first. Great job! I wish I could have been there this year too, but I'm overdue with our first baby and obviously was in no condition to be running 13.1 miles. Maybe next year!

I'm so glad you finished! Can't wait to run in Chicago in August!!!

I've been away for so long; look at what you've accomplished! Congrats on your first half! I am actually training for my first as well. I'm happy to see that you are doing so well; your kids are so darn cute! PS: I just had my first baby in September; hooray for mommyhood! :)

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