Monday, January 19, 2009

St. George Half Marathon

This post echos my very first post that started my blog one year ago. It isn't my actual blogiversary, yet, but the same event that I blogged about that day.

This weekend was just what the doctor ordered! I met up with my very dear childhood friend, Christy, and her sister, who is also my dear friend, Connie, and two of their friends. We had a fun girls' road trip, chatting, laughing, and catching up.

Before the race, Nancy, Connie, Christy, Kim, Sher (me), Rachel

Saturday morning we got up to run the half marathon race in St. George. We met up with my other very dear childhood friend, Rachel, who is also my cousin. First let me just say, that this weekend reminded my just how much I love these ladies. Why we were such good friends growing up, why we've kept in touch, and why I wish we got together WAY more often.

We started the race all together, then somewhere along the line, all split up, going our own pace. Rachel dragged me a long with her. She is one strong chica! At points when I wanted to slow down, she was going strong, and kept the pace. At other points, I was on fire, and pushed her to keep up. Between her strength and her funny Twilight commentary, I thoroughly enjoyed running alongside Rachel. The day was amazingly beautiful. Sunny, and just a little on the chilly side. Perfect for a run.

I finished better than I thought I would after "cramming" for the race. Racing is so motivating for me. I don't know if it's the endorphins, or the adrenaline, but it gives me power over my lazy side and makes me want to keep going. Even if I know I'll never win. There is something very powerful in knowing that you're surrounded my thousands of people who are as passionate about something as you are.


Post race. We Did it!!! Christy and Me.



Connie, Christy, and me, after finishing the race.



After the race we met up for lunch with three of my favorite gals from my running group, then did a little shopping, eating, and went to a chick flick. Just perfect for a girls' weekend.

I did come home to a deathly sick husband, and a home that looked like a bomb hit. Of all the times for C to get sick, he had to pick the weekend I was gone. I felt so bad for him. So, all weekend, he went to bed and left KJ to babysit, hence the mess. I got home, and immediately reclaimed my role as drill sergeant, and the kids had the mess cleaned up in no time.

I'm so glad I went.

21 comments:

Peggy said...

Congrats! Glad you had a good weekend with the girls!

Annette Lyon said...

Yay you! I'm so impressed.

Mechelle said...

I do not like the first steps of the race but I love the last ones so much, it makes up for all the ones I am hating! Hope hubbby gets better. You go girl! m

Kristina P. said...

Sher, this is so awesome!

My friend ran it and said that she finished with two black toes. Weird.

Mina said...

I am so impressed. I'd love to be a runner like that--but it would take such a major shift for me. Anyway--good for you, I'm glad you had a great weekend and I'm sorry you came home to a sick hubby. I hope he is feeling better.

Melissa said...

Color me green with envy! Congrats and YEAH for you! Looks beautiful and not a better way than to spend a weekend!

Mother Goose said...

i'm so glad you went everyone needs a little girl time!

Jessica said...

Looks like you had so much fun! I should do something like this after baby #2. It would motivate me to lose the dreaded baby weight that comes with the sweet little bundle.

Mona said...

Sherrie,
I just happened to come across your blog and have enjoyed it. I loved running for years too until physical problems slowed me to a fast walk on a steep incline (I'll be 50 next week and have cared for a severely disabled daughter for 28 years, which messed with my back...) Yoga is also my godsend these days. I have a blog called "Mona's Musings" and I think you'd be interested in last week's post: "Whose Body Is It Anyway?". I'd love to get your take of the subject. My family and I are also musicians -- we created "With Mine Own Hand: The Musical Account of Nephi" for BYU Ed Week last year. (Follow the link off my blog.)

I'll keep an eye on your comings and goings, ups and downs....Keep running!

Mona
http://monasgospelmusings.blogspot.com/

Alyson (New England Living) said...

That's so cool! I wish I were fit enough to do something like that.

da Bergs said...

YEAH!!!! GOOD for you!!!! And ditto on the girl time!!!

Lisa Loo said...

YOU LOOK AMAZING but add to it that you just ran a half marathon--JUST AMAZING!!! You are beautiful!!

Redhoodoos said...

I am so dang proud of you for running a half marathon this weekend! WOW! I love reading these kinds of posts because it inspires me so much.

I live in SunCrest - which is above South Mountain in Draper. At the top of DEATH Hill you can see Utah County. And sure - come on up anytime - I would love to see you laugh hysterically after you realized how small the hill really is and I'm just really that out of shape! =)

Great job on the half!! You are awesome!

Kristie said...

Sher, I'm so jealous that you got to meet with some of the girlies. I haven't seen Christy forever and it's been since Amberlynn had her baby that I saw Rachel. It was good to see that you're staying in touch. I envy your energy and all of your amazing HEALTHY bodies. Glad you got away. -Kris

Erin said...

Good for you! What fun to do a half marathon, and then spend some time bonding with friends.

Sorry about the sick husband and the disaster of a house. I hope things are back to normal now!

Mikki said...

You're so awesome!!! congrats on getting back into the groove. I wish you'd move down here and help motivate me.

Sorry hubs was down, that stinks. But, I'm glad you got to get away. You really needed this I think.

Cynthia said...

I am so proud of you! What an awesome accomplishment and to do it in the company of friends? Even better. Congratulations!

Motherboard said...

"You're the inspiration..."

wendy said...

You have my complete High Five'ness. 1/2 marathon!!!! Are you OK!!!!!!!!!!(had to ask) and hanging with the girls is a total bonus. (are you sure you're ok)

Ashley said...

Wow, awesome! That's so great that you love running and are able to do it so often!!!

Tink said...

Yay! You did it! I'm so proud of you! I'm doing the happy dance for you! Way-ta-go! And to do it with such wonderful ladies makes it even more special.