1. Cindy

    Congrats sis! I’m proud of you!

    I’m afraid to put this in print (knock on wood) but I haven’t had any big challenges lately. The hardest things I’ve done are round up grandkids and mow the lawn!

    When things get tough I motivate myself with self talk-reminding myself this is temporary and will get better.

    My favorite race was the one with you last year!?

  2. Well done and congratulations Christie! As a runner I can appreciate the whole experience with you from the not sleeping to the finishers medal (we need that for sure!). I am currently training for a 34km event. You can walk or run but am aiming to run the whole distance. If I make it, I will try for my second ever marathon (42.2km), if I don’t well I will pull back to the half. I run with my Saturday Sisters which really helps with the training as we encourage each other to keep going. I ran the Mother’s Day event alone this year as Rachel was heavily pregnant and it certainly felt different to running with a buddy. I really enjoyed reading about your race and now you have to plan your next one! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing at #MLSTL, I will be sharing on social media. Have a great week! xx

    • Good luck with your race Sue. 34km is a serious distance. I’ve run one marathon, then cut back to a half, and now 10k is my favorite distance; though I may do a half again one day. I’m not sure I will ever run a marathon again, but never say never!

  3. Congrats, Christie, well done! I saw your blog email pop up earlier today and then saw your post in #MLSTL! I can appreciate your pre-race and race day thinking and prep! My knee won’t allow me much running these days, but I paddled in a stand-up paddle race last summer, and took second in a small field of women, but it was challenging when the wind came up. The level of satisfaction we get from these competitions is worth it all! You are an inspiration to women everywhere!

    • Thank you Terri. I’m not sure I have the balance needed to stand-up paddle. I’m impressed. I do love the feeling of setting a goal and then working hard to achieve it.

  4. Congratulations Christie – awesome achievement! I’m not a runner, but I used to do a lot of showjumping years ago so I can relate to the feelings of before and after. To motivate myself to do hard things these days I tend to become very quiet, and dig deep for my inner resources, try not to over think things and then get on with it!

    • Thanks Jo. I can relate to your method of motivation. I sometimes use inspiring music or mantras, but most of the work comes from deep within, and just putting one foot in front of the other.

  5. That was a really interesting insight into what goes on in the lead up to a race Christie (I had no idea). It must be fantastic to enjoy running and to have such big challenges conquered each time. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t run well or enjoy the process. I guess I’ll just have to keep walking and look for other challenges – my latest is Tai Chi – not particularly strenuous, but good for the co-ordination and Zen-ness (both of which I’m sadly lacking in!)

    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx
    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au

    • Thank you Leanne. Running is definitely not for everyone. It’s good to find something that stretches you, but that you also get some enjoyment out of. I do yoga for much the same reason you are trying Tai Chi–flexibility, coordination, and Zen. Thanks again for the #MLSTL party.

  6. I think it is awesome that you enjoy running. I ran 6 miles a day years ago and I never liked one step of it. lol I ran with a group of ladies from the gym I belonged to and we had a 3-mile route that we ran twice. Good for you.

  7. Congratulations and well done Christie. I loved reading your race report and can identify with not sleeping on the night before an event. I’m not doing running events any more but concentrating on long distance walking events. To dig deep, I try to remember why I decided do whatever it is and also remind myself that I have done the training so can do it.

  8. Congrats Christie! I’m not a runner, but have many IRL friends who are/were…so I’ve heard about the feeling of accomplishment when you hit personal goals for races. Good for you for continuing even without training running buddy.

    I’m feeling like a slacker since the last 2 days I wimped out on my SUP… not standing because of the water chop. I’m starting to call it a Knee-on Paddle Board, not a stand-up Paddle Board. I need to face the challenge and stand up!!

    • Thanks Pat. I’m impressed that you do the paddle board at all (kneeling or standing). My balance is not great. I am going to work on that now, so that I don’t have problems standing/walking when I get older.

  9. Congratulations, Christie! You have much to be proud of. I can relate to your running prep, the day before and the day of. I’ve done 5K races for several years now. I hope to complete one this Fall.

    • Thank you Kathleen. A race of any distance is an event for me, as I don’t do them very often. My husband has been wonderful to play along, especially since I think he believes I am crazy for wanting to put myself through that. 🙂

    • Thank you Leslie. Around here, everything is 5k or 10k. I haven’t seen an 8k. I hope you can find one. It’s more fun–at least for me–when there is a formal race with music, food, and finisher medals!

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