13.1 (pr)oud

13.1 (pr)oud — this is the one, the only way to describe today’s half marathon.

Similar to my first-ever half marathon almost a year ago, this phrase is still very fitting for today:

Veni, Vidi, Vici — I came, I saw, I conquered. 

I went into today’s race with one goal: to finish what I started, to run a race to be proud of. But what I gained today – so, so much more than that…which is why I’m finding it hard to even write this race recap (so bear with me, please)

…for starters? I PR’d this race, WAY above any time goals that were quietly lurking in the back of my mind. As I’ve said from day one, this race was not about the number on the clock, but running a race to be proud of. Turns out, I accomplished both – a proud race, and a PR. When I saw that clock as we crossed the finish and it read 2:13:55, I thought I was delusional. That’s 13 minutes faster than our last half. Holy hell, and that’s with a sh*tton of hills throughout the course (more on that in a minute).  I never thought I’d see that time on the clock…I was quietly hoping for 2:18 or 2:20 so 2:13+? Feels kind of unreal. Ok, very unreal if I’m being honest.

…I ran proud – a proud “me” but a very proud “wifey” too. Today’s race was the best I’ve ever run, hands down. But my husband? He was walking on air.  If he didn’t stick by me the entire race? I’m sure he would’ve run a sub-2 hour race. But because he is absolutely the most incredible husband ever, he stuck by me, even though he could’ve run ahead and killed it today. Today reminds me that I have a husband who I love more than words can describe, and I treasure him more than ever. What today’s race also proved? I’m convinced that this round of half training has made us stronger together than we’ve ever been.  And for that, I’m very grateful and yes, proud. (sensing a theme here…)

…What has been hard about this particular race? Not just the course – which was jam-packed with a killer 3-4 miles of “rolling hills” at the start and the finish (um gee thanks race directors, new course next year, mmk?) – it was painful to watch my sister struggle today. I know some of you read her blog, and if you don’t, I urge you to send her a positive thought or word of encouragement today. She had one of those mentally tough “off” days, despite how physically tough and ABLE she is. And it killed me to know that she was struggling while I was having a good race day. I felt guilty. Wished that I could boost her up, help her break the mental block she faced. I knew I couldn’t. And that was tough to swallow. I am incredibly inspired by her every single day and I doubt she even realizes that. She’s come so far, in so many aspects of her life, and she’s always, always come out a stronger, better, more amazing person because of it. She defines “determined” in my book. So yes, I admit – I’m having a hard time celebrating success when I know she’s feeling like she failed. Even though she absolutely did not. She finished what she started, no matter how hard it was. And that is what makes her a runner, and the best sister I could ever ask for.

So this is why I’m proud today, holding my head higher than ever…

…13.1 miles done. Again. And faster than before. (yes!!)
…I ran a race that I’m proud of. I did not give up. I did not back down. I pushed it hard, harder than I’ve ever pushed. Gave 110% today, nothing less.
…my husband, my sister and M, my sister-in-law, and my buddy Steph, we did something that most people will never do. I think it’s easy to forget that in “this” world of healthy living…13.1 miles isn’t a “normal” thing to accomplish in a given day. Note to self
…I’m a proud wifey, sister, and friend. Today was what I hoped it could be: a day of learning, a day of accomplishments, a day of hard work, and a day filled with incredible encouragement from all of YOU on twitter, on the blog, on FB…totally blows me away. 

…13.1 (pr)oud.

56 thoughts on “13.1 (pr)oud

  1. Sis, I am so proud of you. So impressed that you ran so damn good and strong and hard. You ran for me today, I think, even though u didn’t live up to the expectations I set…you did, for both of us. Even though I felt a twinge of jealousy at first, I’m not jealous, im proud. This is your element, this is what drives you. Own the PR ecause you earned every minute of it. As for your words for me, thank you. You bring tears to my eyes and take a little bit of that dissapointment away. Congrats sis, you’re awesome. Xoxo

  2. I am so proud of that PR of yours, and LOVE to hear your hubby was by your side along the way. Your sis knows she is a strong woman, no matter what the clock said when she finished. I love that you two are so supportive in all that you do – makes me want a sister of my own… or to force my bro to do more ridiculous things with me! Congrats again!

    • aww thank you friend!! it made such a difference to run with him by my side, I wish I had a camera to capture the huge grin on his race for the entire race, legit. He is the best ever. Same goes for my sis – both of them actually (Jen came to see us at the end, with the cutest niece ever of course!) – to have such amazing support all around me is so very special. I do not take it for granted, ever.

  3. Nice job!! PRing a race? Bonus! Amazing feeling, isn’t it, when all of your hardwork pays off?

    So awesome! You’re making me want my half to get here now!!! 🙂

    • it feels really good, REALLY good, not gonna lie. Especially good now that I’ve had time to sit back and think about it a little bit more, it’s sinking in which is nice. 🙂

  4. CONGRATS!!!!! terrific time, even on tough hills of the north shore! glad it was a feel good race for you too!

    hope you are enjoying the couch and lots of sweet treats (and secretly planning your next half haha)


    • I promise lots of north shore race day pics tomorrow – so you can see all those hills live and in action, haha! And yes, I’m planning on some wine and some sort of delicious treat tonight, just can’t decide WHAT I want that treat to be yet, ideas??

  5. Oh yes, crying. I am so proud of you and so happy for you. And I knew this would be a hard one to write because of Jo’s race. I know how you’re feeling towards her. I don’t know that my sis will ever understand how much she inspires me either. And no matter what, you BOTH finished what you started. Hugs my dear. I wish I was there!!

    • aw friend, no tears!! I LOVE that you and your sis have what we have, it is truly special and something that I will never, ever take for granted. I felt all of your love and virtual hugs ALL DAY today, you are so awesome. LOVED reading your tweets, FB posts, etc. today, you are the best!! (and for the record, you were the FIRST person I texted once I finally got to my phone!)

  6. Love this post! So happy that you ROCKED the Half today:-) And you should be so very, very proud!
    This post has got me so pumped up for my half marathon in October….now I will be counting the days!
    Whoo-hoo to you lady!

  7. Oh you girls make me all teary eyed! Congrats on an amazing PR! You should be proud! You’ve been such an inspiration to me, since I’m just a few weeks behind you in this cycle. I can’t wait to see pictures.

    • Aw no tears!! Thank you for being so supportive and excited for me throughout this process, you’re the best!! As for pics – I’m uploading some right now! Stay tuned 🙂

  8. Wow Jess, I love this SO much! And am so, so proud of every one of us. You’re so right, it is easy to get in the groove of training, and setting these high goals for ourselves, when just finishing it, no matter how, is such an AMAZING accomplishment. Because, like you said, not everyone runs half marathons, and most people don’t. I love how much you and Jo have helped me to become a runner. Even though we didn’t get as many runs in this year, as last, just the mental motivation of all going for the same goal of finishing was great. I’m thinking next year we should do the whole Yukanrun series, and the Half in Vermont. AND the Princess Half in Disney one year, where my sister Kaitlyn will join us as well. But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself…
    Anyway, you rocked it, as I knew you would! CONGRATULATIONS!!

    • I am SO proud of you Steph. It was such a nice surprise to see you come up behind us at the 12 mile mark, LOVED crossing the finish line with you, how cool, huh? Seems fitting given how hard we’ve all worked since we became friends – funny that our friendship basically evolves around challenges and such huh? I love it!! LOL and yes, you are getting ahead of yourself, just a wee bit, but I love it! 😉

  9. Congrats Jess! I can only imagine the sense of accomplishment you must feel. 🙂

    On a side note– I really admire (and am jealous of) your relationship with your sister. If she’s reading–congrats to her too despite her feelings of disappointed—running 13.1 miles is more than many of us even consider doing!!

    • Aw thank you, we are very close so knowing how hard she struggled to cross that finish line was hard for me to bear for her, I hate that she had such a hard time BUT I’m ridiculously proud of her for being SO determined to cross that finish line. And she did it and THAT’S all that matters in my book. So proud.

    • Thank you friend. You’re right – I’m admittedly having a hard time celebrating this PR knowing what my sis went through to cross the finish line. We are too close for it *not* to affect me, ya know? Thank you for cheering virtually from the sidelines, you rock!!

    • I’m letting it soak in nicely today, on my first day of vacation (staycation) – my whole body hurts, but it hurts so good, because it means I worked for every single one of those 13.1 miles yesterday!

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  11. Ahhhh yay! So so so happy for you! I was so thrilled to see your Tweets yesterday about a new PR. I hope you’re celebrating today! Enjoy the absolutely unbeatable runner’s high. Congratulations!

    • Thank you Ali!!! I am *still* so bowled over by all the love and support on twitter and this blog! I’m convinced that that is partly why I did so well yesterday – I could NOT stop thinking about all of you supporting me like that. Big group hug!! 🙂 And yes, totally celebrating today – from the couch, in my pjs, reading blogs and chilling. Yay for staycations 🙂

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  14. Oh noooo, I am so late to this. But CONGRATS! This was such an uplifting post to read. I’m so glad you ran proud, and with Scott by your side. And I’m sure your sister is too. Her time will come, and I’ve no doubt you’ll be there by her side when it does.

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