Earlier this year, Kayla started running with me. I looked back at my Instagram and the first time we ran five miles together was May 22. Fast forward to November 19 and she just completed her first half-marathon! How’s that for a timeline of becoming a runner?! We had initially planned for an August half, but decided to scratch that plan when it was 100 degrees outside and we almost melted on a few long runs. Both of us had insane schedules in October, so short runs were all we had time for until the end of the month. We basically did three long runs right before the half and went up to 10 miles.
It had been sunny and warm until a few days before the race and it turned rainy and cold. We got lucky and the rain held off, but it was chilly! Noelle decided a few weeks ago to join us and had not ran farther than five miles. I told her I hate her a little bit for being able to do that!
Pre-race selfie while waiting in the line to potty.
The website claimed the course was flat, but I’m going to call that a lie. There were rolling hills throughout and a monster around mile 5. We talk the entire time we run, but there was no conversation during that mile. It was tough.
We saw Kayla’s kids around the halfway point and I loved the upside down sign!
Around mile 11, it got tough and we were ready to be done. Things start to hurt and the next two miles didn’t sound fun, but there was so way we were walking. We just laughed about how things hurt worse after having kids and I’m pretty sure we terrified a pregnant lady in front of us who overheard. She was 8 weeks along and ran faster than us-rock star.
We saw Nick and Carson at the end and it was the best little boost to keep going!
We crossed the finish line at 2:16, so it ended up being my best half yet! Running with friends is so much better than running alone. Something about stupid conversations takes your mind off being tired.
I’m SO proud of this girl for becoming a runner!! I also love that we have guaranteed girl time throughout the week. Kayla, you have kicked major butt and I can’t wait to do it again!