Race Pace

April 10, 2010

GREAT RACE!!!!! :mrgreen:

I think my time was around 1:53:26 based on my Garmin graph, but it’s hard to tell!!

Still waiting on official results.

I ran like the wind!!! And we had such great weather.

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Backing up to this morning….

I rose at 4:45 when the alarm went off and marched straight down for oatmeal and coffee. To be honest I really wasn’t hungry and it was too early to eat, but I knew I had to or I wouldn’t digest in time!! But of course, oatmeal never tastes bad :)

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I was SO THANKFUL I had done a trial of everything and could reference it for my oatmeal amounts. I decided to use quick oats that we have on hand for their higher glycemic index (and therefore faster digestion) but went with 1/4 a cup of milk this time and some granola on top for fun.

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The Mix

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My ergogenic aid and laxative πŸ˜‰

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Just a half cup today of 100% caf

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Perfect breakfast!! I was totally digested and ready to go at 7:30

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I mixed up my homemade sports drink according to last time’s measurements. But this time I used Simply Orange instead of fresh orange because that’s what I had on hand.

And then Matt and I departed! The race was 4 miles from our house :)

It was QUITE cold out there before the race, but parking was a breeze thanks to the start being at the mall so we didn’t have to stand outside too long. I got to wear my fleece, which was great.

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Pre-race friends!

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There was a bit of congestion at the start (which thankfully was right at 7:30!) because the half marathoners had to be in a different area and they waited until the last minute to tell us. But we probably only lost a little bit. We encountered some annoying clogging of the street in the first mile, but by mile 3 it was pretty spaced out.

Casey was on FIYAH!! He finished in 1:36!!

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The first 6 miles were pretty easy, as they were last time. Emily said I was running too fast at one point – a sub-8 minute mile!? I don’t believe her, but I did slow down a bit so we could continue running together and to conserve energy a bit. We talked a bit around miles 6 and 7 about going to the beach together! Fun topics :)

The mile 7 hill was tough, but I was mentally prepared. But I lost Emily on that hill. If you remember, she had to take a few weeks off of running due to some lung sickness and didn’t know until this week if she would even be running! Luckily her lungs healed fast, but she didn’t want to give this race 100% (or might not have been able to!) so I went a little ahead. I looked back a few times, but I didn’t want to trip so I just went on and told Matt, who was biking beside me at the point, to go tell Emily I said rock on!

Speaking of Matt, he met me at about mile 7.5/8 on his bike!! Whee!!

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Turns out Emily was just behind me!

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Here’s where Matt biked with me! The other lane was open to traffic in the neighborhood so he was not in the way at all. It was fun to say hi!!

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Mile 8 was my slowest at 9:01 – but look at the elevation climb!! The most, at 235 ft. [And note that mile THIRTEEN was not far behind at 205 ft] I got a second set of legs at mile 9 – I thank the sweet, sweet sports nectar!! I swear, I could not have ran this race without it. I could literally FEEL the energy going back into my legs. I pounded out miles 10,11, 12 and 13 – around an 8:14/15 pace!

Here are my splits. Unfortunately I didn’t turn my Garmin off when I crossed the finish so that Lap 14 is skewing everything. But I calculated my average pace in Excel and came out with 8:32!! Sweet!!! Never, ever would have thought that was possible!


I could definitely not have done that without my camelbak of fuel. I also listened to GLEE’s “Can’t Always Get What You Want” on repeat 5 times in a row. That really helped!! Mile 13 was uphill and really tough, and during the last 0.2 I thought I might throw up, but I made it!

And I was greeted with FLOWERS from Matt!!

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A few minutes later (literally!) Emily appeared!! Casey had already joined her and I jumped in for a sprint to the finish! So glad we could finish together <3 She ran a sub-2:00 half despite all of her troubles! So proud.

I really could not have done this without her help and encouragement!!! xoxo

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She needed some sweet nectar!!

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My fan club!!

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On the way home, I literally popped into Dick’s Sporting Goods and bought a foam roller!! I knew I’d need it ASAP :) I rolled after our lunch and it felt SOOO GOOD!

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We came back and made some delicioso smoothies to replenish our burnt out legs. MORE COCONUT BUTTER. Can’t get enough of this stuff!! Cali bowls representin’!

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For THREE hungry marathoners:

  • ~4 bananas
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 scoops Vega Vanilla Chai
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 2 servings coconut water (LOVED IT!!!)
  • ~1/2 cup of Casey’s recovery drink that had dates and flax in it because we needed more liquid

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Topped with Nature’s Path, Nuttzo PF and coconut buttah. Love <3

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Ate every drop!

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Fun fun morning! Maybe I’ll run another half this summer :)


L. foot circa March 2005 p/s subtalar joint unfusion


Another hilarious post-foot surgery photo while on crutches at a formal!


My body HURTS. Running fast really wears me out so much more than the same distance at only a few seconds slower pace. I hope I don’t have any injuries! My knee tendon behind my leg started feeling tight early on and hurts when I move it in weird ways now. Better ice!

Must go shower, then go to the mall with Matt!

Speaking of Matt, he just cleaned the whole house. Can’t thank him enough for all of his [unsolicited] help!

Have a great afternoon!!



I was 6 seconds off :)


(Confused by the avg. pace. It seems Excel can’t do math!)

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1 Jocelyn@JocelynEatsFresh April 10, 2010 at 11:56 am

congratz! You both did so well! :)


2 Meg @ Be Fit Be Full April 10, 2010 at 11:58 am

Congrats on an awesome race Kath! Love that you and Emily held hands as you crossed the finish line. So when’s the marathon?!? πŸ˜‰


3 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm

CONGRATS congrats amazing time!!! I hear you on racing being hard on the body…it really exhausts the entire mind, body, and soul…enjoy your post race glow!


4 Samantha April 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Well done, sista!


5 ZenLizzie April 10, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Great job!!! I’m trying for my first serious 5k now and your running posts are so motivating!! And thank you for the coffee comment, lol. I always wonder about people drinking coffee before races, and now it makes more sense to me.


6 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 10, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Congrats on a great race!!! What a wonderful accomplishment, not to mention all you’ve gone through with your foot!! Woohoo!!!


7 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 10, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Congratulations! I am so happy for you. It means so much more when you accomplish something like that after not being able to do it due to foot issues before! I really am so happy for you! I hope you have a great rest of the the day!!!


8 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 10, 2010 at 12:11 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! What a fab time! You must be thrilled πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I’ve found I run faster on race days – the adrenalin I think!? I love that Matt biked next to you and brought you flowers- too cute!!
Seriously biiiiig well done :) I feel so proud πŸ˜›
Have a great afternoon!


9 Heba April 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Hey Kath! This is super impressive! :-) Congrats on finishing with such good time. I am training for a 5K now (baby steps.. haha) and it’s still a challenge to keep going after mile 2. lol. This blog post is inspiring! πŸ˜‰


10 Melissa April 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm

CONGRATS KATH! What an amazing time! You deserve to RELAX today!


11 Chloe (Naturally Frugal) April 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Woo hoo! Congrats on your first half marathon, and hooray for lefty – your foot did a great job! I’m always inspired by your upbeat personality and attitude, it makes such a difference and is truly great to see day in and day out.
I hope you recover well, use that foam roller as much as possible, and rest your tired body. Congrats again Kath!


12 Farah April 10, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Congrats to you and Emily, Kath! Both of you did so well!!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!




13 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 10, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Congrats Kath! That is awesome! :)


14 Simply Life April 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm

way to go!


15 Midgetkeeper April 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Congratulations, you must feel amazing!


16 Meg April 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Awesome! Friends and family are the best fans and support systems ever πŸ˜€


17 Kori & Kaci April 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Congratulations to you all for finishing an amazing run! Matt is always proving how so incredibly supportive he is of you, and we find that so refreshing and wonderful. We hope you have a fantastic rest of the weekend! :)


18 Christine April 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm

CONGRATS KATH! Any running tips you can dish out? I’m running my first marathon in San Diego June 6th, kind of freaked. Do you recommend a camel pack? If so, what do you suggest I put in it, just plain water? Any advice would be appreciated, love your blog…you have me (as well as the girls I work with!) addicted to oatmeal w/ peanut butter!


19 Kath April 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm

My best tip is just to add on a little at a time! And to get a Garmin, which will really challenge your pace. A Camelbak is definitely recommended for hot weather or long runs! See the “Dress Rehearsal” post for info on what to put inside!


20 Christine April 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Thank you!!


21 Lindsay April 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Congrats! So is a marathon going to be in the future now? You seem to really enjoy the distance!


22 Kath April 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Oh man, I dont know. I’m going to keep running and just see what happens.


23 Laura April 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Well done on the awesome time! Glee is my fave running music :)


24 lisa April 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Excellent! And you sound so energized! I can’t remember – was this your first half?


25 Kath April 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Yup! First race other than 5K


26 Mama Pea April 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Congratulations, Kath. It was especially inspiring seeing how far you’ve come from your injury. I know I won’t ever get to run another half, but I know that I will move on to bigger and better things and still feel challenged and fulfilled! Have a great weekend!


27 Erin April 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Congratulations to you, Emily, and Casey!


28 Laura @ youngDCliving April 10, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Congrats!! You are definitely an inspiration to the rest of us.

PS. Nature’s Path Granola is awesome :)


29 Daniel April 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Congrats!! That’s such a nice time! I can’t believe how seeing someone else do a half-marathon provides so much motivation to do one yourself!

Happy recovering!


30 Danielle April 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm

So happy for you!! Rock on!!


31 Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place April 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm

congrats!!! you looked awesome in the video!!


32 Mom April 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Gosh, this made me cry! Congrats Kath and Emily and beautiful flowers, son-in-law!


33 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) April 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Congrats Kath and Emily! I loved reading this recap. I hope you don’t feel too sore tomorrow. The foam roller was an awesome investment, I bought one immediately after my first 5k. I knew I would need it for future longer runs, I’m so glad I bought it.

So excited for you! That’s a fantastic & speedy time!


34 JessicaE April 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm

You rock, girlie! And sorry for the vanity but I just love your hair high up and messy in the foam rolling picture. Adorable πŸ˜€


35 Kath April 10, 2010 at 12:40 pm
36 Kath April 10, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Thank you everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


37 Ameena April 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Congrats to both of you…what an amazing accomplishment and a great way to start the weekend!


38 Susan April 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm

A great race, congrats! All your planning and prep really paid off! You’ve helped me feel ready for my 5K!


39 Elyssa April 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Congrats, Kath! So excited for your successful first half!!


40 Emily @ The Front Burner Blog April 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

YOU ARE AWESOME! :) Thank you for training, running, and finishing with me! Could not have asked for a better partner. Let’s do it again… :)


41 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

how amazing…you’ve come so far since your injury and have such an incredible story! way to go Kath! :)


42 jenna April 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm

congrats kath!


43 karin April 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Way to go Kath! My first half is in May here in Indianapolis. I couldnt wait to see how you did! Great job!


44 Abby April 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm

That’s an amazing run, Kath! Great job! I knew you’d be hooked!


45 Danielle (Coffee Run) April 10, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Congrats Kath!!! I actually bought the exact same CamelBak (per your recommendation) & went for a run with it today and it was great! Didn’t bounce much at all πŸ˜€


46 Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit April 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm



47 Olivia April 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm

You rock the most! Way to go!


48 Kathleen April 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Congrats Kath! Way to go….you are a running rock star!


49 Meaghan April 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm

CONGRATULATIONS Kath! What an accomplishment.


50 lynn (The Actors Diet) April 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm

great job – yay flowers!


51 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Congratulations — you totally kicked booty! You look really happy, too, which is the most important thing. Go relax and enjoy! πŸ˜€


52 Ali April 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Congratulations! My half marathon is in 3 weeks and I’m hoping to break the 2:00 mark – thanks for the inspiration!


53 amber April 10, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Congrats Kath! You are such an inspiration!


54 Siobhan April 10, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Congrats Kath! What a great accomplishment :) Love the race outfit!


55 Food Makes Fun Fuel April 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm



56 Christina April 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Congrats :) Sounds like a fun race!


57 Dad April 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Congrats Kath. Hey remember CIGNA tried to dump us from their health plan to avoid having to pay for your foot surgery. Whew, close call. I never thought you’d be doing this kind of distance running.


58 Kath April 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm

yup!! Probably wouldn’t be running without that surgery..


59 Rose-Anne April 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Congratulations, Kath! You rocked that race!


60 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) April 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm

WAY TO GO KATH!!!! I remember when you were first thinking of registering for a half mary a couple months ago. Of course I knew you could do it but it sure feels good when it’s official huh?

What a great race you had. I’m so proud :)


61 Run Sarah April 10, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Congrats!! What an awesome time!!


62 The Healthy Hostess April 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Great run Kath! You have me excited for my post-baby half this summer!


63 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Congrats girl, that is awesome!!!!!
And your whole foot injury gives me hope. I was supposed to be running that same half this morning but I’ve been off of running and exercise (and now on crutches) since December. So today was really hard for me. But I know that there WILL be more races in the future. I’m so happy for you!


64 Kath April 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm


You will get there someday. I’ve had to wait many, many years for this…


65 Brie (The Fit Bride) April 10, 2010 at 2:04 pm


I ran my first half this morning too–20 minutes slower than you, but I’m still proud because it was a great time for me. You did awesome!


66 Kath April 10, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Congrats to you too!!


67 Colleen April 10, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Congrats, Kath!


68 Lisa April 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Very cool! And excellent race pictures!!! :)


69 Gena April 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm

This slow runner is in awe!

Kath, congrats. That’s an awesome finish, and it sounds like you had fun, too, which is even better. I’m proud and glad for you!


70 Tara April 10, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Congratulations!!! That is an awesome time and your pictures of the race are fabulous! You look super strong throughout the entire thing! Maybe now you’ll want to take on a full marathon??


71 Hillary April 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Congrats, Kath! That’s such a great time for your 1st half. I knew you would ROCK it! Most of all, it sounds like you had a blast. To many more wonderful runs…

– The Nutrition Nut


72 Becca April 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Congratulations! I’ve just started reading this blog and I’ve really been enjoying it… especially for the running inspiration. Would you consider adding a tab for running with some of your training info? I’ve run a couple 10K races in the past, but have let things slide. I’m now trying to gear myself up for a half-marathon later this year and would love to hear how you did it.


73 Kath April 10, 2010 at 5:10 pm


I really should do a whole page on running and the few races I’ve done. Remind me again if you don’t see it soon!


74 Jess April 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Way to go! And don’t worry, you’re probably not injured. Maybe a slight strain, but just reward yourself with a few days off and you’ll probably be fine.


75 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) April 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Woohoo!! Rock on Girl! :mrgreen:


76 emily April 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Congrats! You did a great job and it sounds like you guys had an amazing time!


77 Jil April 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Congratulations!!!! That’s amazing!


78 ri'chele April 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Congrats has been fun watching your journey. You are an inspiration. I would love to finish a half in under two hours, I have been so slow! Hills kill me. How did you do it?


79 Rachel April 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Congratulations Kath! Your pace is amazing. I love reading how supportive you are of your friends, how supportive they are of you, and how much you and Matt care for each other. It is so refreshing. Have a wonderful afternoon/evening and relax that amazing body!


80 Wendy April 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Congrats Kath – great race! I’m running half mary #3 tomorrow, and I’m just as excited/nervous as I was for the first one. Racing is such fun!


81 Kath April 10, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Good luck!


82 Melissa April 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm

btw its so funny you immediately went to get a foam roller! there was one day I woke up (I had run way too much in the previous week due to the nice weather haha) and just KNEW my body needed it. I went on a hunt to three different stores before I found it. It really is the best!


83 Heather (runningwithsass.com) April 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm

great job! you are so super speedy!!


84 Justy2003 April 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm

AWESOME job! So glad you enjoyed it…and at a great pace, too! Congrats on your first half-marathon!


85 Kelly April 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Congrats on your time!! That is great!! I would probably take like 12 hours to finish that, ha. You must be so proud of yourself! This post *almost* makes me want to do one too! πŸ˜‰


86 Jill April 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Hey Kath! You should sync your garmin with Garmin Connect. It logs your splits and calculates all of your averages for you as well. It is much easier than the Garmin download on your computer and you can access it anywhere. Let me know if you need any help setting it up!




87 Kath April 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Oh cool! Thanks! I just use the desktop software


88 Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl April 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Congrats, Kath! What a perfect day, huh?!

LOVE those flowers – they’re beautiful!!! πŸ˜€

And love the CaliBowls, too! They’re SO awesome!!!

Also LOVE the post-foot surgery photo. So funny!



89 Tamicka April 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I know everyone has already said it but CONGRATULATIONS! I want you to know that you and emily have inspired me want to run. I have asthma so I have to make my lungs work with me, but watching you guys push and do such a great job inspire me as well. My first 5K will be in August. Thanks Kath!


90 Lauren @ eater not a runner April 10, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Congrats that is AMAZING!!!!


91 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm

HUGE congrats Kath!!! You did so great, and isn’t it such a great feeling just KNOWING that you accomplished this?! :)


92 Katherine April 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Congrats, Kath!! Your time is truly amazing, and thanks for sharing so much of the training process with all of us. I’m running one in two months and will try out your sports drink. Congrats again, rest up!


93 Kathy W. April 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm

GREAT JOB!!! (both Kathy & Emily!) SO fun to see the videos!!


94 Kathy W. April 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm

heh, that should be KATH & Emily. I took Emily’s “y” and added it prematurely!


95 Jenn (www.j3nn.net) April 10, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Congrats, Kath!! Excellent job πŸ˜€ Looks like a perfect race. Love your recovery smoothie, it looks divine!



96 BridgetP April 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Congrats Kath! This just got me really excited for my half in 3 weeks!


97 Dee April 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Congrats on finishing the race Kath!

ps. gosh, all of your food photos look GREAT! :)


98 Joanne April 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Great first Half Marathon. Congratulations.


99 Nicole April 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Congratulations on your race! That weather really does look beautiful. (And what a fun surprise to get flowers!)

Smoothies have been a really big thing at my house recently. :)

I would love to get a foam roller! Occasionally I will try using the one at my gym, but I don’t really spend a decent amount of time using it to stretch because it’s a little awkward since there is not really a stretching area in my gym, more of a find-some-space-near-a-weights-machine place haha.


100 Janice down the veggie road April 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Congrats on the race!!! That is Awesome– I would love to do one- I have bad plantar fascitis from years of jobs on my feet/hard surfaces in retail and since 2000 on the OT therapy field on my feet all day ;(

I had a question on your SIAB today (and my apologizes if you already provided this answer somewhere) but when you say “coconut water” what do you use ( is it like coconut milk)??
Congrats again πŸ˜‰


101 Kath April 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm

It’s literally the water of a coconut. Today was my first time using it. It’s more like water than milk, but I will def. use it again!


102 Janice down the veggie road April 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Interesting!! Now to brush up on some mad coconut chopping skills πŸ˜‰ thanks for shouting back.


103 zestycook April 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Great Job on the race Kath!


104 sassy molassy April 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm

love this update and all your cute photos! Well done, Kath!


105 Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Kath – you should be so proud of yourself! Not only did you complete the race – you ran an AMAZING time :)


106 jaclyn@todayslady April 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Congrats!!!! I loved reading about your journey from start to finish!!! Such great photos and such great photography!!!


107 sarah (the SHU box) April 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm

YAYAYAYAYAY!!!! when’s the next one!? i’m so in . . .


108 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Wow, what a SPEED DEMON you are! Holy cow that is so great! :) Fantastic job Kath, way to go!!


109 Lee April 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Congratulations, Speedy.


110 Eileen April 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I am smiling a huge smile at this- way to go Kath!!!


111 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ April 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Great job that’s so amazing and you even looked really good in your pics after 13miles, that’s a good thing. :)


112 Cyclist Kate April 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Wow! That is so, so fabulous, Kath. GLOWING for you right now!!


113 Anne P April 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm

YOU ROCK!!!! Awesome job today :) Go rest – you deserve it! xoxo


114 Laura April 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Speedy Gonzalez… well done you! But Kath, you didn’t mention how the bears did? Was it a case of them leaving you and Emily in the dust- I should think so too after all that carb loading they did in your garden yesterday! I have my fingers crossed for you that none of the aches and twinges turn out to be race related injuries. Hope you are enjoying a post-race endorphin filled afternoon, and thank you for another lovely post πŸ˜‰


115 Kath April 10, 2010 at 9:27 pm



116 Cait (Cait's Plate) April 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm

CONGRATS KATH!! That is SO amazing! You must be so proud of yourself :) What an amazing accomplishment!


117 skinnyrunner April 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm

congratulations! what a great race and great pictures too! love that matt gave you flowers. now if only i could convince my hubby to do that….


118 Veggielady4life April 10, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I’m beyond impressed. I’ve always wanted to be a “runner,” but I’ve never gotten up to more than five or six miles. You are really an inspiration!! :-)


119 Gavriel April 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Congratulations on an AMAZING race!! You are an inspiration! What an exciting weekend. Congrats!!


120 maria April 10, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Congrats! What a great race!!!


121 Stephanie April 10, 2010 at 8:21 pm

GOOD JOB KATH! Thats incredible! Im so proud of you!!

And omigosh, that pic of you on the foam roller is SO CUTE haha. Keep us updated with your recovery!


122 caronae April 10, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Congrats congrats congrats! So happy you were able to do it ( and that we got to “train” together once, haha). I love your recovery smoothie, so nutritious. And the flowers Matt gave you at the end; he’s so sweet! Hope you’re having a stellar Saturday!


123 Lisa April 10, 2010 at 8:40 pm

congrats, girl!!
your such an inspiration!!!!!!!! :)


124 Cole April 10, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Congrats on an awesome race!


125 Kim April 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Congratulations! All that hard work paid off. I got a little teary reading your play by play! AWESOME!


126 SallyH @ accountablelife.wordpress.com April 10, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Wow! I’m so impressed. You look like you just took a jog around the block; I’d be sweating bullets and all redfaced. Well, the longest I run is a mile, so I probably wouldn’t even be alive. That pic of you with the boot on your foot really puts it all in perspective what some focus and effort can really do even when life is challenging. Thanks for the inspiration, Kath!


127 Kelsey April 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhh girl!!


128 gina (fitnessista) April 10, 2010 at 11:15 pm

CONGRATS!!! what an amazing time- you’re a rockstar.. even though we all knew that already :)


129 Danica April 10, 2010 at 11:51 pm

AWESOME!!! The way you ran your race you would’ve never thought it was your first. I LOVE that Matt rode his bike along the way and you had friends to watch out for along the way – it makes races so fun that way.

Beautiful flowers too! :)


130 Christina April 11, 2010 at 5:48 am

Wow, you are fast!


131 Christie {Honoring Health} April 11, 2010 at 5:50 am

Congrats on the race, sounds like you did awesome!!


132 lauri Watson April 11, 2010 at 7:30 am

WAY TO GO KATH!!!! Congratulations on your GREAT RACE!!!


133 jillian April 11, 2010 at 7:48 am

HUGE congrats on your 1/2 Kath!!! And, even bigger props on the foam roller decision! :)


134 Crystal April 11, 2010 at 8:29 am

Congrats on a great race! I aspire to be as fast as you someday. You should be proud of such a great accomplishment!


135 Jess @ MTL Veggie April 11, 2010 at 9:43 am

Wow! Congratulations!!! I only hope my upcoming race times will be half as good as yours- and I’m only doing 10K! πŸ˜‰ So amazing!!


136 Ashley April 11, 2010 at 10:18 am

Yaaaay, so excited for you. What an amazing time! I hope you’re getting to relax a little bit today…you were SO busy after your race yesterday. I could not have gone walking around the mall after πŸ˜‰ I remember those hills…way to tear them UP! Congrats!!! :)


137 Kacy April 11, 2010 at 11:10 am

Congrats Kath! Great job!


138 Whit April 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm

YAY KATH + your left foot! You did so AWESOME and totally rocked! πŸ˜€ Congrats!!!!


139 Meghann April 12, 2010 at 6:15 am

CONGRATS!!! I knew you could run a half marathon!! Now when’s the full marathon?!?!? πŸ˜‰


140 stephanie svajgl April 12, 2010 at 8:11 am

way to go! I was supposed to run a 1/2 at the end of April, but have bursitis in my hip and have to take some time off of running. Do you have any tips for bursitis? I am going to physical therapy for it, but it isn’t helping as quickly as I would like. I would love to run a 1/2 in May or June, but even that is looking undoable at this point. I enjoy your blog. Thanks for all of your tips, information and recipes!


141 Hannah April 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Congrats Kath! I’ve watched your journey. You’ve trained hard and you deserve all the good feelings after a race well run. Thanks, too for the recipe for your sports drink. I’m running the Big Sur Int’l Marathon on the 25th and will use your recipe!


142 Yellow Joy Girl March 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I’m proud of you! It’s really something you have to see and be a part of to believe, isn’t it? The electric energy of all of the people assembled. I’m training now for my second half-marathon and I think I may be addicted! People wore signs that said incredible things like β€œYou’re so pretty and smart,” and β€œIf it was easy, I’d be doing it!” I laughed out loud as I ran several times. Here’s a link to my recollections of that very first Half Marathon, in case you ever have the time and/or the inclination to check it out. The experience was truly a highlight of my entire life and I can’t wait to do it again in May. Cheers, fellow RunnerGirl!



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