Oak Island Half Marathon Run Recap

  

So I did it! I ran my first half marathon race! I am officially a half marathon runner!

First, let me say that I am sorry the blog entry from Friday never posted. It was a user error. I don’t like using the mobile blogging app and now I am reminded why.

Anyways, lets get to the race.

Saturday morning arrived. I was pumped and nervous at the same time. I could not wait to get started and show myself what I could do. I ate a good breakfast and drank some Amino Energy. I was ready and determined to do well!

When we arrived at the race, traffic was crazy trying to get in a get parked. With only 15 minutes until the race was going to start, I got out and stretched and walked up to the starting line. It was very cloudy outside. I was nervous it was going to rain and I was right.

  

The buzzard went off and the race had begun, I said to myself lets start at an easy pace and work our way up. When I reach to start of Caswell Road it began to rain. My glasses were covered in rain and my face was wet. By the time I reach mile 3 my shoes and socks were completely soaked. I knew I was in trouble.

At mile 4 you have to cross over the big bridge that connects Oak Island and Southport. I knew this bridge was going to be a challenge but carrying the extra weight from the water in my shoes was not going to help. I still manage to get over. I saw other people struggle to make it up. It made me feel that I was in good company. At one point a woman was leaning over the bridge blowing chunks. I felt bad but told myself that this was not going to be me. After making the loop around you had to go back over the bridge again. I made it over and was done with mile 6 when my calves started to feel as if they were on fire.

Miles 7- 9 were thru some residential areas. I remember thinking that this maze was never going to end. At mile 8 I stopped at a water station. The first time I stopped the complete race. I needed a minute to get myself together. My legs were on fire.

At mile 10 I knew I was not going to make it under the two hour mark liked I wanted to but I had to keep going. Pushing through the pain I jogged my way up to mile 12. One more mile is what I kept telling myself. ONE MORE MILE!!!

Soon the finish line was there and I could hear the cheers and see the people waiving at me. I pushed through and made it to the finish line with a smile on face. I happily accepted my medal that I earned. My total time was 2:35:05, which is not my best but through the crazy weather conditions, I will take it!

One thing this race taught me is that you can train all day every day but there are some things that are just not in your control. Finishing a race at any time is still finishing and you need to be proud of just that. At least I finished and I can say I ran a half marathon. I will be back next year! Its already on my calendar!

So what’s next for this runner? A much need break from running. I am think a couple of weeks to get my body back to where I need it to be. Then, I am going to start training for The Charlotte Thunder Road Marathon! That’s right 26.2 miles and I am both scared and excited! Wish me luck!

  

Summer Adventure 6- Under The Sea

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On day three of our crazy vacation we decided to take K-Dub to the local aquarium at Fort Fisher, NC. One of the things you have to realize is that in order to get there you have to take a ferry ride from Southport. No big deal right? We were so wrong.

As many of you might not know, all of those Nicholas Sparks movies are filmed in Southport. Actually they are fixing to start filming another one soon. It’s a nice town with beautiful views of the ocean and one of those places you just have to see to believe. I love it there.

We arrived at the ferry station at one and found the we just missed the ferry by a minute and that the next one was not going to be there for another hour. This was a challenge cause we had a toddler in the back that is not very good at waiting. My data plan on my phone would only let me watch but so many episodes of Sophia The First on YouTube. K-D was getting restless and pissed. When we finally got on the ferry it was another 30 minutes until we arrived at For Fisher. We ended up having to play in the car and make numerous funny faces and peek a boo gestures to make her happy. It was exhausting but that is parenting.

Once we got there we saw some alligators and snakes along with some box turtles. K-Dub really liked to turtles. We then went to the petting area where you got to pet a crab and a starfish. K-Dub hated this and had a tight grip on my shirt along with some of my chest hair. It was painful and Daddy got the message.

We then entered the area where they keep the sharks and stingrays and other huge fish. There were huge windows that you could watch as the swam in front if you. K-Dub loved it as the fish would swim right in. Front if her and she could point at them. She had a ball along with running around between BrittWhitFun and I and trying to jump.

We got to see and let a jellyfish. It was safe and it was a lot of fun. We got to see a 300 pound grouper which was crazy. They had a lot of other small fish that K-Dub liked. She had a ball and said “fish” for the first time. It was sweet.

When we left to get back on the ferry we found we had just missed it again and waited another 45 minutes for the next one. This time it was not so bad cause K-Dub fell asleep until we got on and then her and mom went and sat in the top deck of the ferry while I passed out myself.

It’s sad that our beach trip has come to an end and now we are on the way home as I am writing this. We still have a lot of fun things planned this week. You seen anything year folks. Until next time!