Halfsies

Monday, March 25, 2013


There is nothing better than race day. I love absolutely everything about it--even the pain I feel afterward. It's an unbutton-my-jeans-cause-I-ate-too-much good kind of pain. Except it burns. Shakira is right, my child-bearing hips don't lie.

I just love the anticipation of running a ridiculous amount of miles. The exhilaration of standing at the start line, no matter how cold my little Jenas are (umm thanks, random cold front in Dallas). The camaraderie of the thousands of runners around me, all of them every bit as crazy as me. The encouraging spectators cheering and clapping loudly for everyone. The hilarious and somewhat obnoxious signs they're holding ("Run, Random Stranger, Run!" and "Toenails are overrated!").

I love the dead sprint to the end. It's right when you think your muscles can't muster any more mustard, right at your breaking point. Yet somehow you're able to make one final push toward the end. It's such a rush. Such a feeling of accomplishment. You absolutely cannot beat it.

I've done three full marathons (I'm an all-or-nothing kind of person), but never a 13.1-mile race. This was my first half marathon. It was crazy windy and freezing (something San Antonio did not prepare me for), but I loved it. So much better than the San Antonio Rock and Roll, do y'all remember that sad tale?

Halves are wonderful. You still get that amazing feeling of accomplishment, but you don't quite feel like you're about to keel over and die when you're done. It was the first time I didn't cry when I crossed the finish line (though I did get teary listening to "Defying Gravity" around mile 10). I plan on doing many, many more.

I know I look like a fat kid about to devour a baker's dozen of donuts, but I was so happy. It was over, rover. And Grahm was right there at the finish, snapping away. I was so proud of myself for accomplishing my goal of finishing at 2 hours. (2.00.53 to be exact). It's not a great time, it's not a terrible time. But I was happy with it.

Next month, as my dear friend Molly put it, it's double or nothing with the OKC Memorial Marathon. No halfsies there. We'll be running the whole 26.2. And it's gonna be awesome.
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P.S. On an unrelated note, do y'all love my new blog design? My amazingly talented friend Sar did it all because she's as brilliant as she is kind. Seriously. She's a gem if there ever was one.

Linking up with Sami for Weekend Shenanigans!

40 comments:

Emily said...

Congrats on your first half! There's so much I love about race day too...I guess it's something only runners understand. :) I can't wait for my first half post-baby...I'm hoping to do one in November!!

Kalen said...

Love the new blog design!!

Congrats on finishing your first half (even though you've run 3 marathons you crazy lady)!

My first half was the Chicago Rock n Roll last July and it ended up being 80 by the time i finished.

This year I'm doing the Indianapolis half May 4th and I am loving running in the 30 degree weather right now, my times are so much faster running in the cold!

I think 2 hours is AWESOME! I'm shooting for 2:15...down from 2:32 last year (I blame the heat).

Congrats again!

Elle Noel said...

I'm so happy that knee is better! I heard it was nasty nasty weather in Dallas. Congrats on that time- I think it's fantastic! Can't wait to hear about the next full :)

Tamara said...

Great job! I ran the Bearathon (in Waco!) and was so grateful it was on Saturday because the weather was perfect. Sunday was just miserable, so great, great job on running through the pain!

Also, in the second photo background it totally looks like the guy is trying to pimpslap the girl in the black from passing him.

Just saying.

Holly said...

First off, yes I LOVE your new design!!! Sar is amazing :)

And second, GO YOU!!!! You rocked that half and I'm so inspired by it!! I'm in the middle of training for one in May and I'm nervous about it. Did you walk at all? 2:00 is a great time, I'm hoping to do sub-2:30...lol. Well, congratulations on a great race!!!

Rachael said...

LOVE the blog design! Gorgeous picture of you, too. :) Great job on the half-marathon! I struggle to even run a mile so I'm so impressed!!

Nicole said...

Awesome job on running the half! I don't think I could ever muster enough mustard to do one of them. And yes, love the new design! I was perusing blogs the other day and found someone else with the last name Roach-I forget what the blog address was, but made me think of you! She wasn't as funny and witty as you are though ;)

Katie Did What said...

Ahhh your new design looks SO GOOD!!! LOVE it! And wooot good job, girl, on that halfsie! You ROCKED it. I'd be lucky to finish at all, so I'm very impressed.

xo

Rena said...

Yay for your first half. I'm more of the opposite. I've run like four halfs but never a full. I really want to do the full though. Which training plan do you use?

Breezy Brie said...

Wow I'm impressed girl! You make it look fun....but I know I wouldn't think so :)

Great job!!!!

Ashley from The Kitchen-Sink Chronicles said...

Yes, I do love your new design! Sar is AMAZING!

I'd die if I ran a half marathon... wait, I'd die if I ran a mile. #fatgirlproblems

Sara said...

Love the new design!!

Awesome job on the half marathon. I can't even run 1 mile without feeling like heaving, so, all of you that rock the half and full marathons are seriously awesome!

Ashley said...

You go girl!! I run down the street and get all winded. This is awesome. And your new design looks incredible!

Rorie said...

Congratulations!! I love running my first half! Such an awesome accomplishment!

Morgan said...

Wow! The most I've ever participated in was a 5k. I would love to do a half marathon though! Congrats!

Katie said...

Love it! I've always wanted to do a race but you know, I have to start running to be able to do that sooo haha. So inspired by this, though. You go girl!

Your new blog design looks fab btw.

Amy said...

HIGH FIVE!
get it girl, that is awesome! I wish i could run a half with as much confidence as you do, running = me breathing heavily and chanting things like "why did i even think this was a good idea?" I can swim though, all day long!
LOVING the new blog design, so dang good! Sar did a fabulous job!

Veronica @ Passion, Pink & Pearls said...

Love the new design Sar is AWESOME!

Random question, what headphones do you wear to run? I have the strangest ear shape and ear buds just won't stay when I run...I'm constantly pushing them back in, it's incredibly irritating...wondered if you've found a pair you like/

Cait said...

wow good for you girl i need to do something like this! great job!

Emily said...

Running to Defying Gravity?! Brilliant. You did it!!! My little measly 5K legs are jealous of all this hardcore running you're talking about.

Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren said...

I wish I could run! wow!!

Becca Moss said...

Love the new design! You go girl!

Lauren said...

Love your new look! Also, you go on the race! I would die a slow death.

Brandy Orgeron said...

Thats awesome, congrats on your first half marathon! The new blog design looks amazing.

Lauren said...

Congrats girl! Your new design is so cute!

Esme said...

Congrats chica!! I will be doing my first 5k in June! This is both terrifying and exciting! EEK!

Your design is adorable!

Kerrie Williams said...

love the new design Jena!!

Lala H said...

Thats amazing! im inspired!

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Allison said...

Congrats on finishing!!!! You rock! And I love your new blog design. Love it!

Paige Brown said...

I love your new layout! Sarah did mine as well :) I'll say it again and again- she's THE
best!!!

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Carlie said...

Congrats on the run! That is pretty impressive you've done full marathons too! Good luck next month!

Sami said...

Girl this is so awesome! I can't imagine running that far but then again I don't run around the block ;) Your new blog design looks awesome! Thanks for linking up :)

Morgan said...

I've always wanted to do a marathon! haha
I lOVE IT! and those pictures are ridiculous!
I love the new design!
very lovely!
have a great day, Jena!

Krista said...

I've always wanted to do a marathon. I have a lot of friends who do the Chicago Marathon, but I just know I'll be the one cussing my way to the finish line (if I ever made it!) A half might be do-able! Congrats on finishing with a good time!!
Love the new design!!

Krista

Kelley Gilster said...

How fun! Congrats :) I just did my second 15k on Sunday, love race days so much! You described them perfectly. And wow a full marathon, you go girl!

Amy Lynn said...

Congrats on your run! And I love the new design :)

I also run, but not as far as you! I did a ten mile last year, but I got completely burnt out! This year I'm back to a 5k. I know to never say never, but I'm not sure if I'll ever feel the need to run a full marathon! (or even a half!)

Great job to those who do though! :)

CoastWithMe said...

Love the new design! You're friend did an amazing job:)! You go girl....I could barely run three quarters of a mile lol! Who am I kidding...I can't run period lol!

Wine and Summer said...

Congrats on the run girl! That is so awesome!!

Sara Louise said...

Since I never saw your old blog design (I'm new here), I don't have anything to compare it to, but this one is pretty purty!
And go you on the marathon, half or not! That's a freaking awesome accomplishment! Good luck on the big one :)

Amanda said...

I'm running the OKC marathon too! It will be my first. Maybe we'll run into each other during the race. Good job on the half!