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13.1….I DID IT.

a little over two weeks ago, i didn’t think i’d be able to run 13.1 miles without stopping.
my foot was in serious pain. i had to stay off of it for a week.
the furthest i had ever run was 9.5 miles, the day my foot gave out on me.

from all the encouragement: family, friends, co-workers…the support lit a fire under my butt.
what’s the worse that could happen? i walk. i crawl? nothing was going to stop me from making it to that finish line.

day of the race:

6:00 a.m. – alarm goes off. jump out of bed. drink 24 ounces of water.
6:15 a.m. – eat 1/2 bagel with strawberry cream cheese (mouth was in heaven, i haven’t had a bagel in months.) & 1 banana. drink 1 cup of coffee.
6:30 a.m. – go to the bathroom multiple times.
7:00 a.m. – keep going to the bathroom. trying to get rid of the butterflies from being so nervous.
7:15 a.m. – gear up. put my number on, time chip, take pictures with mom & stepdad
7:30 a.m. – bathroom
7:45 a.m. – go downstairs & outside to the start. look at all the people. shiver from the cool october iowa weather.
7:55 a.m. – omg, we’re about to start. can i do this?
8:00 a.m. – HERE WE GO!

mile 1 – “wow…1 mile down.. 12.1 to go!” lets do this
mile 2 – i feel great
mile 3 – i missed the sign, how far are we?
mile 4 – sweet, we get to run in a park! i love nature
mile 5 – stepdad stops to go to the bathroom. i keep going. now i am a little ahead my mom & stepdad
mile 6 – i lost them. im on my own now. can i encourage myself to keep going?
mile 6.5 – HALFWAY THERE! i still feel great! wow
mile 7 – im on fire..my pace is picking up
mile 8 – oh no..i’m getting close to where i always stop
mile 9 – …….
mile 9.5 – can i go further?
mile 10 – damn right i can!
mile 11 – oh no..foot is starting to hurt. “keep going, sharelle. it’s going to hurt whether you stop and walk or keep running”
mile 11.5 – it’s not as bad….holy crap. have i really run 11.5 miles already?
mile 12 – ONE MORE TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!
mile 12.5 – screw this, im sprinting to the end!
mile 13ish – look at all the people cheering me on…omg, there are marathoners passing me! wow they are incredible! IM ALMOST THERE!
the finish line – I MADE IT!!!! 2 hours and 13 minutes of running non-stop.

it feels weird to stop. i could have kept going. am i insane? whoa…i feel a little dizzy. im heading straight for water and waiting for my mom and stepdad. i cannot believe i just did that.

and…no pain! i feel amazing today. i felt amazing all day yesterday. i feel like i can do anything now. it’s an incredible feeling.

now… i kind of want to run a full marathon.
but as a beginning runner, i think ill do a few more 1/2 marathons before i do that. 🙂

now..it’s back to work & school. bring it on.

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  1. Charlotte
    October 17, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Awesome, Sharelle!!! Enjoyed your play by play!!! Congrats!!! See you at the gym!!:)

  2. October 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    You did so awesome! Great play by play…..Love ya, Mom

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