Race Day for Marlece 2012

Oh what a day in Marlece’s world, Oh what a day!!! A person in my shoes today trains, and trains, and trains for this MOMENT of being able to run across the finish line, and this time was as much of a thrill as the last time. Finished a half marathon today!

I think training and the race are always like being pregnant and giving birth. No two are the same but you end up with the same goal.

  This race, one of my friends who is a ironman woman, she is crazy athletic and has run more races and won more medals than I can even put my head around. She kept voicing that she wanted to run with me and I flat out told her, “NO WAY, you will either kill me or I will keep you behind!” She didn’t care and said she would run my pace. Oh Lord, I felt like I would hyperventilate just knowing we were knocking elbows thru the race. We ended up having a great time, GREAT TIME! I mentally just told myself to do my best and that is what I did. I would say, “oh here comes that nasty hill,” and she would come back with, “oh we are good, we can do that no problem!” It was fun….I am some what of a closet runner, I run by myself 98 percent of the time so I get intimidated easy running along side someone. But it was a great experience and she certainly pushed me at the end, as in I am not a fast runner and my legs have never run that fast! Felt good and it was a great experience.

I do think one of the best parts is the people that I know cheering me on on the side lines. I love seeing my family out there chasing me around on the course, I JUST LOVE IT!! Friends, lots of friends out there as well!

Oh, to get in the shower afterwards is like the best part. Do you know how good that feels after being sweaty, wet from the rain (that I never even complained about, can you believe it?), the car ride home, the body temp is going down, and I am so COLD, take a shower, drink my Darigold Chocolate Milk, put my feet up for a few minutes and smile thinking about my morning.

  Great, great day!

don’t we look like we are having fun?

gettin’ it on….

Check out this woman’s stride, Linda, you use those legs girl, use them!

She is pushin’ me at the finish line!

FINISHED! HIGH FIVE!!

May 21, 2012 - 4:15 am

Shauna - Nicely done Sister. Look at your calf muscle in that one pic. NiCE!

May 21, 2012 - 4:23 am

Meme - I’m so thrilled for you..I love it that you had such an exhilerating morning..what a reward for all your discipline and determination..I am so proud of my girl!!!! As G-ma would have said , “Good for you!!!”

May 21, 2012 - 5:45 am

Brenda - Wow Marlece, you have my complete admiration. Way to go!

May 21, 2012 - 11:40 am

Brandee Shafer - Great job, Pretty Mama!!!!!

May 21, 2012 - 2:01 pm

Lashae Bowen - Way to go stud!!! You look good! :)looks like you had fun too! Doesn’t it feel so good to finish something like that knowing you pushed yourself but also had fun? oh what a feeling! I love you!

May 21, 2012 - 2:10 pm

Jill Coleman - Nice job Marlece. I can just imagine how intimidating it would be to run with Linda but I have to say I am so jealous. (I know, not Christlike). I would love to get to train with her! Heck, I would love to work out on a regular basis. Way to set a goal and achieve it!!

May 21, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Rachel Jean - Wow, Marlece! Great job! You look like you were really enjoying yourself & not struggling a bit! I bet those boys are so proud of you Momma!

May 21, 2012 - 3:20 pm

Jenay - Good job!!! Proud of you, but mostly proud of you for coming out of the closet and running with a friend. I know that was the hardest part for you, and in the end…just as rewarding as accomplishing all those miles. Way to go!!

May 22, 2012 - 2:25 am

Casey Martinez - WOOHOO!!!! Yeah for you Marlece I’m truly impressed and I love your big smile in all these pictures…I would probably be keeled over and panting if any pictures were ever taken of me during a run! HA. I actually ran last night a little and it did feel great though my out of shape body is scolding me today. lol. I can totally imagine how great a shower feels after that wet/sweaty/cold run! Love me a warm shower. 🙂

May 26, 2012 - 2:02 pm

mountain mama - Yay for you girl! Awesome!!

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