Welcome to my newly renovated blog! Phase 2 of blog makeover is complete and I have Kimberly at Kimberly Muro Designs to thank for that. If you are looking for an affordable new look for your blog, check out her site! She is great to work with and I really enjoyed my entire blog design process! Phase 3 of blog makover begins next week where I will begin working on my sidebars and the navigation bar and creating some really awesome stuff for yall (recipes, printables, DIY projects etc). It’s gonna take alot of work getting it all organized but its gonna be awesome 😉
In other news, I finally went running again. After a 2 month break… Ahhh! It felt good!!! My last run was on Thanksgiving (eeeek!) Yes I took quite a break from running. But today I ran a 5k in 34 minutes comfortably…so I still got it!!! In honor of my running sabbatical coming to an end, I am FINALLY going to post my recap of my first ever half marathon…that happened in November… Better late then never 😉
We arrived at the race at 7pm and it didn’t start til 10 pm! Yes, it was a night run and it was amazing! (so was the carb loading all day!) We weren’t sure what we would do for 3 hours, but you will find at a Disney race, there is SOOO much to do. There was music, dancing, hanging out, waiting in long lines for the potty, sitting around snacking, getting pictures with Disney characters… It actually went really fast and before we knew it, it was time for our corral to take off.
The race was AMAZING. Fireworks shot out from the start line as each corral departed. Disney characters along the route. Live bands. Running through the parks at night when they are all lit up. Soooooo cool!! Here is our route(via my garmin) that we took through Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot (again, I cannot emphasize how amazing it was!)
PS: There were hills. Auuuugh…
And here is a little taste of the actual run. Yes, we were running so the camera is shaky. Yes, we are whooping and squealing, and yes, we were singing while we ran. Cuz we are cool like that.
I am really pleased with our timing, especially for it being my very first half! I think we made amazing time given the massive mega blister I acquired in the last 4 miles of our run. I limped my way out of Epcot, but I RAN to that finish line!
Our last 3 miles were especially fun because we would take turns picking out people ahead of us to catch up to. Once we caught up to them, we picked someone else. It sure made us run fast!
But nothing can beat crossing that finish line. I cried. Taryn cried. There were lots of happy tears!! I couldn’t believe I had done it. I ran 13.1 miles. I ran 13.1 miles without stopping! Can I get a whoop whoop!!??
I remember our first conversation about doing a 1/2 marathon. We were actually suppose to be planning our Color Run trip to Kansas City, but the conversation moved from the 5k to 13.1 miles…
Taryn: Let’s do the Disney Wine and Dine!
Stephanie: That’s 13 miles!!! I can’t even comfortably run a 5k yet!!!
Taryn: You can do it! Let’s do it! I’ll run right beside you the entire time! We can do this!
Stephanie: I’ll think about it… *calls Taryn back a couple days later*
Stephanie: Let’s do it. I can’t believe I’m doing it. Let’s sign up, quick. Before I change my mind!
Taryn: You’re gonna do awesome. We are so in this together!!!
And for the next 6 months, I trained. I texted Taryn with the details of my runs. I called her when I needed to share the excitement of a successful long run, and I called her when I felt totally defeated. The entire time she encouraged me. Always telling me I could do it.
And that encouragement was there the entire time we ran beside each other during those 13.1 miles. She never left my side. I love that girl! It’s because of her that I am now signed up for another Color Run, a 10k race in my hometown and the St. Louis Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon. It is because of her that I actually love running. It is because of the encouragement of my sweet friend Taryn that I was able to run 13.1 miles without stopping!
So thank you Taryn for inspiring me, for encouraging me, and for being an all out amazing friend! I love you!!!
Have you ever run in a 1/2 marathon? Or a Disney run? Do you have a sweet friend like Taryn that encouraged you to believe in yourself and helped you accomplish something you never believed you could do? Share in the comments!!
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