My mom and I woke up Sunday morning half-marathoners. We can officially display our 13.1 stickers proudly and hang up our medals with pride.
I started toying with the idea of doing a half last year, but never got around to it because I honestly wasn’t quite sure if I could do it. When I put it out there this year, I convinced my mom to do it with me. I knew that it would be a bit easier with a partner in crime.
I announced that we would started training in August and we kept up with it pretty consistently. We’d meet every Wednesday and Sunday to get in our mileage. Then before we knew it, the big day was here!
We met Saturday at our finish line to drive to our start line in Bettendorf. We were off on our walk a little after 10:00am.
Mom and I chatted along the way and said “Good morning” to all who passed and joked that we would have to switch to “Good afternoon” before we finished. After the first 5-6 miles, we chowed down on our KIND bars we had packed and put in our earbuds to get us through the rest of the way.
Mama B’s choice was Shinedown, while mine was a new to me podcast called Serial. If you get a chance, give it a listen! On the podcast they’re telling a non-fiction story one week at a time. The story they are currently telling is one about a girl who was murdered in Baltimore back in 1999. I spent much of the time trying to figure out “whodunit.” It really made the time go by a bit easier.
Along the way there were a couple of bathroom stops, including one with these oversized lawn chairs! Of course we had to stop and take some pictures!
We kept trucking along and then mile 10 hit. All of the sudden the back of my knees were killing me, so I stopped and did some stretching. It was a bit better, but was still annoying. Around this time we also encountered uncharted territory on the Duck Creek Bike Path. I had planned a route that didn’t have too many hills because those are never too much fun.
Well, we didn’t know that this part of the path had a few hills. And not exactly little ones either. We continued to push through and got to the point of the path were we needed to turn around. Heading back to our finish line was probably the longest part because we knew we’d be hitting a bridge to cross soon, but never seemed soon enough.
Finally we saw the bridge and we crossed it to see Mr. B and my dad sitting on a bench waiting for us. I shouted “Hey, we’ve made it!” and they got up to greet us with our medals. Mr. B also held a lunchbox with beer and wine for Mom and I.
After, hugs, pictures, and chugging of our beverages, we very gingerly walked to our cars.
We finished in a little over 4 hours which is what we were aiming for, so that was great. We didn’t get to rest too much after our half though because we had to make our way to a vintage market that my aunt was taking part in. We wore our medals to show off and were basically shuffling through the market. Lol.
The back of my knees were still sore on Sunday and I did a lot of foam rolling and stretching to make my calves not so tight. And I didn’t do any activity the last two days. Today I’m going to get back in the workout routine!
I also asked Mama B to do a little recap of her own to share with you guys, so here’s what she had to say about it all!
What an amazing day to do a half marathon! I woke up early on Saturday morning so excited about getting to do this with my daughter! I was filled with so many emotions because just three months ago I didn’t know if I would be here to do this. When Brooke came to me about doing it I agreed but in the back of my mind I thought no way I will ever be able to accomplish this! She handed me a training schedule and said it was important to follow it!
The more miles we walked I began to realize that we could do this and it was going to be a moment we would share forever! Along our walk we talked about everything and even made sure we had a great list of music and podcast to listen to as we continued on our 13.1 mile journey! The course was a little challenging with all the hill at the end ( Brooke promised me no hills) but she pushed and encouraged me the whole way!
At the end of our journey I came to realize that if you put your heart and soul into doing something you can do it! At the finish line we were greeted by our husbands and a few little surprise gifts from Brooke! I can finally put a 13.1 sticker on my car and know yes I did that!
I can’t imagine doing this with anyone other than Brooke she has always been a big supporter of mine in my journey!
I can’t even tell you guys how proud I am of my mom! Back in the beginning of August my mom had a bit of a medical hiccup. She discovered she had a brain aneurysm and needed surgery. She went in for surgery and had no issue, but afterwards in the hospital she suffered a mini stroke and had to spend a couple of nights in ICU. It was a scary few days in our worlds. My mom at that time didn’t think that doing a half-marathon was possible, but I kept pushing her along to do it.
When you have a goal in mind (whatever it may be) it is best to remember that you need to accomplish it on your terms. For us that meant walking a virtual half-marathon.
And we did it!
Thank you all for the support along the way! It meant a lot to Mama B and I as we got our training done and crossed that finish line!
There is A LOT more that I can say on the subject, but perhaps I’ll put that in another blog post. I will end it with this quote though: