Friday, November 5, 2010

FINISH!!!

My Partner and I Pre-Race. Can you tell Braden woke up early to come see us off?
I started running in HS. I joined the track team and that gave my Mom a good laugh. I did hurdles. I kind of enjoyed it, and even set a few school records, that got broken the next year by a girl who was really fast. Bummer for me. When I started running again after Braden was born, I set a lofty goal. I wanted to run a half marathon. I started training and run 7mi, but then hurt my foot, and got sick in the same two weeks and then new that I missed the boat for that race. Again, all summer I ran almost 5-6 days a week to keep my body in shape for a race I wanted to do in November. Of course the race was cancelled. It is really hard to find Saturday races around here. Its a bummer. So my options were few. 1) I could run a race out of town, but the cost started to get too lofty. 2) I could run a local trail half marathon, which basically means I can run a 13mi hike. I chose option 2. It was insane. I cant even describe the power I felt after having accomplished that! On every uphill stretch, which was probably about 75% of the course, I kept telling myself "I can do this. I have had a baby. I pushed for four hours." But towards the end, it was not keeping my motivated. By about mile 11, I decided that the race was more exhausting than pushing for four hours and I just had to keep telling myself I needed to finish. It was so killer and I do not ever want to run a trail half ever again, but I look forward to running a street half marathon sometime next year to see how much my time can improve on the street! On a sidenote, my brother and sister at BYU did a half the following weekend and they were so amazing!

My Love and I post-race. Surprised I was standing! I was sore for about 4 days!

9 comments:

Chris and Mari Spiker said...

AMAZING!!! Good Job! You're adorable & I am so sad I missed you while you were in town! I just adore you and can't wait to meet!

Kevin said...

I was sore that long after my race. Good job.

Kendall said...

GOOD JOB!!!! I would love to run a 1/2. One day it will happen :) So I am a slacker and never wrote you back on facebook. I will send you an e-mail so I can get your e-mail address and send you an invite to my blog! Once again GOOD JOB!!!!! I can't imagine doing my first 1/2 on trails!!!!

kcmhubbard said...

Ashley , you are Amazing!A half marathon trail...that is pretty insane!

Rachelle said...

SO proud! What a trooper on hills! Let's plan another flat one!

Andrea said...

You are awesome!! I'm proud of you for challenging yourself! You give me hope that I can do something longer than a 5k someday! Miss you guys!

Mindi said...

Congrats! I've always wished I could be a runner....oh well. Oh... and I love your mini fanny-pack!

David and Deena said...

I am very proud of you!

Chelsy said...

You're a rock star! I still don't know if I have any desire to run 13 miles at once. Perhaps the need to rid myself of all these pounds I've gained after the chica arrives will change that. :o) Way to go on your race!