Bummed :(

Tomorrow (Saturday) was supposed to be awesome. I was going to run my first full marathon. I didn’t say anything about the race in the blog world because last time I did, I didn’t end up running the marathon. I wanted to surprise everyone.

Anyways, let me retrace my steps back to Thursday. I began packing for the marathon on Thursday afternoon because it was supposed to be in West Virginia. The plan was that my family was leaving Friday afternoon and staying in a hotel and then I was running the marathon on Saturday.

Random running picture…

On Thursday afternoon, Hannah came home from school complaining that she was nauseous. I didn’t think anything of it and left that evening to teach Spinning. I came home around 7:30 and found out that Hannah had thrown up and wasn’t feeling well.

Random picture of Hannah and me..

By 9:00 p.m., I threw up and was feeling awful. All night Hannah, my mom, and I got sick. I threw up 5 times–until I didn’t have anything left in my stomach and I was heaving and unable to breathe. We had to throw away four garbage cans and Hannah decided to just get sick outside since it was easier. Bleh.

So, I was supposed to be leaving in a few hours to travel to West Virginia to run my first marathon. I began training in August and I have been tapering the past two weeks. Now I can hardly walk around my house because I’m so tired from getting sick.


After the first time I threw up, I thought that maybe that would be it and I’d be okay to run. Now I’m having trouble thinking about food/water, so I know their is no way I’d be able to re-fuel enough before the race and I just have no energy.

I feel as if I keep getting “blocked” from running a marathon. I was signed up for the Steamtown Marathon in October 2010 and injured my knee a month before. I was going to run God’s Country Marathon in June, but I didn’t want to miss Hannah’s dance recital. In August, I wanted to sign up for the Akron Marathon but it sold out. I signed up for Freedom’s Run Marathon that is tomorrow and became ill 48 hours before.

This is a bummer. It’s not the end of the world. Its just running and races are held every weekend. I look at it this way–maybe God is preventing me from going because something bad would have happened before/during/after the race.

For now, I’m just working on regaining my strength and feeling better. Thanks for reading this Debbie Downer post! I hope everyone has a great weekend <3

Bible verse of the day: Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

Montour Trail 1/2 Marathon

Yesterday I ran my fourth half marathon! 

Race info:

Course Description: 13.1 miles out and back on the (mostly flat) Montour Trail. The course also went through a tunnel, which was pretty fun.

Race cap: 1,500 runners. That many runners on a 5-foot wide trail was cramped!

Weather: 67* with 90% humidity and a light drizzle until after I finished the race. About 15 minutes after I finished it was a torrential downpour with crazy wind.


Hannah and I at the start. I’m wearing a pink shirt and she’s wearing blue. Hannah ran the 5k.

A lot of people and stormy weather!

Race Results:

Time: 1:39:22
Pace: 7:35
Place: 3rd place in 20-24 age group
What my watch said: 13.48 miles in 1:39:21 = 7:22 pace

I got my best time :)


The last time I ran this race, in 2010, I got a 1:42:58 (7:52 pace).Post-race in 2010… much better weather! Funny story: my family dropped me off at the start and then went out to eat while I ran the half marathon. Cool life, family.

My second half marathon was frigid (17*) and I got a 1:46:16 (8:07 pace).

I was unable to run the Montour Trail half marathon last year because I was injured. I did run the same freezing cold half marathon that I ran in March 2011. I got a 1:41:32 (7:44 pace). 

So, that has been my half-marathon progression. My time has improved with each race (except in 2011… lolz) and I just enjoy running 13.1 miles. It’s a splendid time! One day I will convince Hannah to run with me so I’m not bored running by myself the whole time ;).


Today is probably going to be a homework day for me. If you don’t have homework, go do something fun for me. Thanks ;)

Bible verse of the day: Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart! Psalm 32:11