Sunday, April 5, 2009

Take Two


Training for the St. George Marathon kept my emotions on a roller coaster ride. Since it was my first big race, I didn't know what to think. The longest I ran prior to the race was 20 miles. At the end I remember feeling excited, scared, competitive, anxious, overwhelmed, exhausted, and determined. I think my thoughts were focused more on the nervous/anxious/scared feelings all the way up until the gun went off at the starting line. When I signed up for the Provo Half-Marathon, I thought it was going to be simple compared to the full was still tough.

As I ran yesterday, I couldn't help thinking about the pros and cons of this race.

The pros were: I was in a familiar area and so I knew where I was the whole race, I had great music to listen to, it wasn't raining, I recognized faces on the sidelines cheering us on, we ran through neighborhoods and I found my favorite house, and I pushed myself to make it in 2:10 but ended up crossing the finish line after running for 1:59.31!!!

The cons were: I was in a familiar area so I knew just how far away from the finish line we were, my shuffle wasn't fully charged so I ran half the race listening to my own thoughts, instead of rain we had snow and wind blowing against us, I was embarrassed to have people see me run (stage fright, I guess?), my favorite house had an older man watching us through his window without a shirt on, and now I have to beat my time next race!!!

Can't wait for the two other races left this year! Once you start it's like heroine....seriously....runner's heroine.



S.Ann said...

Wow Rachel! It's like I'm related to someone famous. And the amazing thing is you looked so beautiful doing it. I do treadmill for 20min & look like I've been run over by a semi. The DeFreese women have a special gene. Love you, G'ma N.

Kaela Cusack said...

WAHOO!!! I could never run a marathon.

Mari said...

You are so amazing! I wish I had the guts to do a marathon. And just so you know, I haven't had my hair cut since the last time you did it. I'm scared to find someone new up here :(

Annie and Dan said...

Great Job Rachel! Guess what... I saw you there! My sister and I were running the 5k and I saw you on the side and I started walking over to say hi, but then you ran onto the start line and your race began. I am glad you did so well. Maybe I will see you at another race, but probably to get my hair done first :)

The Englanders said...

That's awesome! Did you do the full marathon? I always do the Salt Lake City 1/2 Marathon..I don't think I could ever do the FULL!! You are nuts! It is very addicting though. Would you want to do the Triathlong in las Vegas? It's May 9..called the Iron Girl. It's a mini. 1/2 mile swim, 10 mile bike, and 3 mile run. Let me know if you are....