13.1 – Running a Half Marathon

I am not much for bumper stickers but this is one bumper sticker I am proud to put on my car!

Running a Half MaratonI woke up this morning to this fun sign outside my bedroom door and to the Rocky theme blasting thanks to my thoughtful husband and cheerleader.

I am moving a little bit slower today and taking a few Motrin but I did it, rather I need to say WE did it.

Our friends Anne and Lynette are a bit faster than we are so they took off ahead but my friend Marsha and I hung together the whole race.

It was fun and exciting to be a part of a group of 3,500 women all with the same goal – to finish.  O.K., some of them probably had a goal to finish in a certain time but ours was definitely to finish.

We started out under the big balloon arch – can you see us there?

Our husbands and Tessa were there to cheer us as we started off.

And Jim even showed up along the route to snap a few pictures.  He brought a sign to cheer us on!

Marsha had only planned on running the 1/4 marathon and then walking the rest of the way but she hung in there with me and we did it together.  I was so proud of her and so grateful to cross the finish line with her.  Along with Jim, she has been my cheerleader through this whole experience and I loved being able to share it with her.

I work hard in life to enjoy the journey and I did enjoy the race – it was a perfect weather day.  Sun, not too warm, a nice gentle breeze, beautiful countryside to run through, and a good friend to do it with.  But I have to admit that I really enjoyed the thrill of finishing.  As we entered the stadium where the race ended, I heard them announce my name and as I ran through the finish arch it felt great to finish!  The satisfaction that comes with finishing something you started, finishing something you weren’t sure you could really do is pretty amazing.

It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.

John Wooden

Rounding the bend of the finish line!  I think my favorite part of the whole race was as we were about to enter the stadium Marsha yelled to a man standing on the side cheering the runners on – “104 years here!! ”  Our ages combined!  Loved it.

Not such a lovely picture but hey – we did it!

And then our sweet husbands and Tessa were there to meet us at the finish line.  Tessa even brought me flowers to celebrate running a half marathon!!

We did it and it was even more fun and fulfilling to do it with my friend. Thanks Marsha!!

We can do hard things has been our mantra through this whole journey.  And we can!

On the way home in the car I asked Jim – so what’s my next goal?  Need to think about that one.

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Leigh Anne, first off HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!! You are amazing, you are an inspiration to so many, your children are very blessed to have you as a mother, I thank GOD every day that I am able to be your husband and share the journey with you- “you can do hard things” and “we can do hard things together”

    Love Jim

  2. says

    Way to GO! I love your blog and your inspiration. That is great you ran a 1/2 marathon! Thank you for sharing yourself with me and so many other mothers. Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. Valerie A. H. says

    Fantastic!!! I wondered all yesterday how the race went. Great job Leigh Anne. Not only did you put a lot of physical engergy into the race but also heart and soul. Love that!
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. Crystal says

    AWSOME!!!! ( as my 2 year ld would say)
    Congratulations..a dn a very special Monther’s day Blessings to you both!!!

  5. Marie (Marsha's sister) and Tom Livingston says

    Leigh Anne and Marsha, You Rock! That is amazing…..13 miles on your own lungs and legs. Wow. You guys should be so proud of your accomplishment. Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Your sister was amazing! Having not trained for the full half she hung in there and did it! It was so much fun to do the whole thing with her and finish together. Marsha is a dear and loved friend.

  6. Debbi says

    I did 13.1 for my 60th birthday and hope to do one next February. I just love my car magnet. It acutally inspires me daily. Congrats to you.

  7. Katie says

    Congrats! I don’t remember how I initially found your blog…I think it was something off of Pinterest…anyway. I just had to leave a comment on this post though…’cause I know Anne and Lynette!!! I used to babysit their kids (obviously a LONG time ago)! Just tell them I’m a “Bristow.” It’s a small world!

  8. Catherine says

    I was going to comment anyway, but Katie’s comment is really interesting because I am from BRISTOW, Oklahoma. So funny!

    Anyway, I always have loved your blog, Leigh Anne, but I’m really impressed since you started incorporating your running exploits with us. I love it! When I was in my early 30’s and my children were small, I got way out of shape & gained a lot of weight – not all at once, but steadily through the years. When I reached my upper 30’s and my boys were older, I resolved to lose weight. I’ve lost 30-40 pounds and have since resolved to get into shape. I started the Insanity workout this May after doing the couch25K workout for 6 weeks. I love the idea that I will be in better shape than I was ten years ago! I resolve to constantly improve my fitness level, and you are definitely one of my heroes! Thanks for showing us that fitness is important and fun!

    • says

      Thanks Cathy! Congrats on being able to do Insanity. I heard they are truly insane. I just started going to CrossFit the last two weeks. I couldn’t walk for the first days after my first visit but I went back and I can almost say it’s fun now!! Keep up the good work and thanks for your sweet comment.

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