Five days before the biggest day of our life, we completed our first half marathon! It was hot, sweaty and so much harder than I had anticipated, but seeing as that it was our first race ever, I’m pretty proud of how we did. I know not all of you come to Espresso and Cream to read race recaps, but I hope you’ll be okay with me recapping our run.
The race, The Red White and Boom Half Marathon, was put on by Twin Cities in Motion and wound its way through downtown Minneapolis, along Saint Anthony Parkway and finished by having us run across Stone Arch Bridge. A good portion of the race wound through residential neighborhoods, making it scenic and, more importantly, shade-covered, which helped with the heat. 
We started off running at 6:30 with 1,800 others. Although Joey and I had trained at a 10-minute-mile pace (comfortable for me, slow for him), the minute the race started, I made my first rookie mistake and started off much faster than I had planned. The first five miles felt fast to me, but seeing others pass us made me feel like we were going much slower than we actually were. At mile six, just before the most challenging two miles of the course, I really started to feel the effects of my quicker than usual pace. I was physically and mentally worn out and doubted for the first time in our training if I would even be able to finish. 
Thankfully, Joey was there to keep me going and remind me that no mater what it took, we would make it through the race together. After struggling through another half mile, we were greeted by the familiar faces of my best friend, her husband, Joey’s brother, Jason, and his girlfriend, Ali, and, most importantly, my mom. Let me tell you, I’ve never been so thankful to see her. 
My mom’s an amazing and experienced runner and having here there meant the world to me. She walked with us for a few seconds, then volunteered to run with us to a while for emotional support. Ever the runner, she ended up running the entire second half of the race with us in the heat, without proper hydration beforehand and little straight running preparation in the last six months. That woman is a rock star. 
The second half of the race wasn’t any easier, but it was so much more fun having two of the people closest to me running the race together with me. 
When all was said and done, we finished the race in 2:29:55. Nothing to write home about, but an accomplishment none the less. I learned so much about racing, pacing and taking the time to enjoy the time spent running, too. And it was a fabulous way to kick off our wedding week!
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  • http://chipchiphooray.blogspot.com Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    Congratulations! That is an amazing accomplishment–you should be crazy proud of yourselves!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07238058457587933248 Urban Wife

    Great job! I can't wait to (hopefully!) run my first half this fall. Enjoy your wedding week and just think….this time next week, you will be a married woman. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06406458188627082042 Kim

    awesome job! I think just finishing is a huge accomplishment.

  • http://www.theleangreenbean.com Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    that's awesome! so proud of you!

  • http://www.shelikespurple.com Jennie

    Just recently found your site and a huge, huge congrats on finishing this race. I run my first half in December and I'm already nervous! Each recap I read on another site, makes me feel that much more hopeful I can do it :)

  • http://keepitsweetblog.com Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Congrats! What a great accomplishment for right before your wedding:-) I am SUPER impressed with your mom!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12470521503540427183 rachbarnes

    Congrats on finishing the race and good luck on your big day!

  • http://theavidappetite.com Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    Congratulations!!! What a big week for you! :) Now just the wedding to concentrate on – enjoy every moment of this week!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12920807301570202779 Megan

    I think you're awesome! A half marathon is a major accomplishment! Thanks for sharing with us :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04308715825157664064 Rebecca

    Congratulations, I hope to be making a similar announcement in a month!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01038648068733766854 Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess

    Congrats, you two! That is so awesome. And WOW, I'm impressed that you trained while also planning your wedding. You're either very motivated or insane. ;-)

    Hope your wedding was perfect! Many, many congrats!

    xoxo,
    tanja

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11863427572750525283 Natalie

    you guys are ROCK STARS! congrats on finishing strong!

    i can't wait to hear all about the other awesome event that just happened… :)

  • http://www.theflippingcouple.com Cindy @ The Flipping Couple

    I just re-read this because we’re running our first half tomorrow! I’m insanely nervous but I hope to have a success story like yours by tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for recapping the race – it’s encouraging to me!!

    • MadisonMayberry

      Oh my goodness GOOD LUCK, Cindy! You guys will do great, I’m sure. I won’t say that running the half was easy, by any stretch, but it was by far the one of the best feelings of accomplishment afterward. Plus, doing it with the hubs was so much fun. Enjoy and I can’t wait to hear how it turns out for you!