Tuesday, October 30, 2007

We did it!...barely


After a few months of training and several setbacks (including barely making it to the race on time thanks to my incredible sense of direction), Rocia and I made it to the Napa Valley Half Marathon. Honestly, we thought the hard part was over before we'd begun. We planned on kicking some tail and finishing in less than 2 hours. We were seriously kidding ourselves. Actually, we were seriously misled. We thought "Napa...it's a valley...how bad could it be? It can't be any worse than running in this city full of hills." We knew it was a trail run and some people had described it as "rugged". "Mountainous terrain" would have been a more appropriate description. It started out on pavement, which lasted for .05 miles, and then it turned into trail. Then the trail started going up...and up and up and up. There were jagged rocks, creeks, giant boulders and fallen trees. All of which we had to run around and through and on top of. It never seemed to go down and when it did you couldn't run fast because you would fall and die (or sprain you ankle at the very least). Most of the people were like us and didn't know that the course was that insane and people were seriously upset, which actually would've been funny if I wasn't trying not to slip and fall. The half marathon was two 6.5 mile loops. Which means that all I was thinking the first 6.5 miles was "how in the world am I going to do this twice!” After Rocia got stung by a wasp (which later became infected) we were plotting how we would try and finish the first loop and then do the last 6.5 on the highway. But when it came down to it, we didn't want to quit and miss out on our sweet t-shirt (or not). The last half was actually better since we knew what to expect (and since all the wasps were gone because they had already stung half the runners). Despite the fact that it was the hardest thing I've ever done (at least during child birth you get and epidural), I'm really glad we were able to do it. Thank you Zach, Shay, and Kyler for letting me have training time and cheering me on, to my family and friends for power songs and loads moral support, and especially to Cia since I wouldn't have done this in a million years all by myself!






I've literally never been so thirsty in my life


We're laughing because we could've run the 1/2 marathon in SF the week before and got a Tiffany's necklace at the end instead of a t-shirt. Odds are there wouldn't have been a wasp nest standing in our way either.

9 comments:

Raquel & Marc said...

You ladies even look sexy in running clothes and after running 13 miles. Congratulations on your big accomplishment!

Ben and Cindy Spratling said...

You are my hero! I have been thinking about attempting a half marathon. I have been running like crazy this summer, but I don't have the guts to do it. You are amazing!

Kaisa Bailey said...

You guys are so awesome! I don't know if I would do this in a million years even if I had someone else to do it with! You both looked so cute after running 13 miles...how in the world do you do it?!
By the way....the Bachelor---did you watch it? Bettina=NASTY GIRL, NASTY FAMILY

HappyMama said...

YAY!!! I am so proud of you! You guys are awesome. And then to show up as Elizabeth Swan just a few hours later to the Halloween party...amazing.

Mindi said...

You girls are awesome! And it totally doesn't look like you've just ran 13 miles. You look great.

Kitrina said...

You both are amazing, I could never do it!

Kera said...

Oh my goodness gracious Rebecca, I laughed my head off reading this post. What a treat that would have been :) ha ha. Its a good thing I didn't participate in this run. Some of us are thinking about signing up for the Moab 1/2 in march but I would love to do another one out here sometime with everyone.

I didn't know you had a blog! Now I do :)

chy said...

Ok...One-who decided it was ok to let you be a supermodel mom... not fair! and Two I totaly am jealous you actually ran a half marathon, I have been wanting to do that for 2 years now and I keep wimping out! Not this year?!?! I saw your blog on Emily Stephans blog and I had to peak! Hope thats OK with you;) Well you have a beautiful little family and Happy holidays! Chy Jorgensen(Lundblade)

chy said...

Hey it's chy again. I'm new at this blog thing so this is the only way I know how to reply to you-I'm kinda a nerd! Yes we did move out of state to Walla Walla WA Its beautiful here, but far from home, well not really; but for us it seems far;) So where do you live? It seems as though you like it alot. You'll have to give me advice on the whole blog thing! see ya Chy