Things Becka is a sucker for: bling from races, stuff from Etsy and anything purple. So imagine how excited I get when all three are combined. I recently purchased a medal holder to show off all of my medals. Special thanks to the York Sign Shop for the beautiful new display in my house.
Now I just need to figure out where to hang it, and then start earning some more hardware!
From left to right: Warrior Dash, Disney Half, Title 9 (2009 and 2011), America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, Mooseman and Spartan Race.
Well…the good news is that the half-marathon training has been going a LOT better than the blogging. Some new running shoes & fancy running clothes have helped motivate me to keep up with the training. And having a treadmill for late-night & bad weather runs is a huge help too.
A quick look back on this past summer – there were lots of firsts! My first pool-swim triathlon. My first Olympic-distance tri. And my first triathlon as a member of a team – the Title 9.
Did I train enough? No. Am I working to correct that? Yes I am. I’ve been running 2-3 times a week, and doing some calisthenics on my off days. I’ve got 99 days until the Disney Half, and I’m going to make them count…and hopefully blog more too.
Ladies of Landry's
I finish & feel amazing! I don’t trust my watch to have timed it accurately, but the main clock was right around 2 hours when I crossed. Since I was in the 5th wave, I knew that I had beat my goal of under two hours. My boyfriend (at the time, now fiance) took some great shots of me. I feel awesome & euphoric for the rest of the day, and I know that I’m totally hooked.
Official Finish Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes, 4 seconds
Rank Among Other “Newbies” (first year of competing): 88/241
Overall Rank: 274/525
Joy of all joys, I made it through the first two part of the tri. Now just 5 kilometers stands between me & the finish line. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the the run course starts with the exact same hill as the bike course. Awesome…
Having the crowd along that first hill was indispensable in keeping me motivated. The cheering was nice, but mostly I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of these people by walking up the hill. So off I ran.
The run was definitely the hardest for me, as expected. “Make forward progress” was my mantra, and keeping up with the 13-year-old running near me was my motivation. The course was hillier than I had trained for, and included some off-road running which was a little unexpected. My bloody toe wasn’t an issue, but my wet socks were! They scrunched down in my shoes, exposing my heel directly to the shoe & causing chafing. That started around the 1-mile mark.
The people along the course (both running & cheering) really helped to keep me moving. When I finally saw that 3-mile marker, I just kicked it up and aimed for the finish line.
Final run split: 32 minutes, 49 seconds (hey, not to shabby for this girl!)
Rank of that time with entire field: 374