Friday, July 31, 2009

The Pay-off is Grand

Excited. Anxious. Prepared. Determined. Ready.

Last Sunday, I hit the road and trails and ran my first half-marathon, here in Camas, WA. I'd been training for this run for six months or so, and put a whole lot of time, energy, and heart into preparing myself. I am excited to say that I finished the race and did so in 2:10. I had a goal time of 2:00 hours, but let's just say that the two major hills that I later deemed unnecessary and pure cruel (as one of them was during the LAST leg of the race) killed some time...

Overall, the course was a blast and my body handled it well. I had some minor muscle strains from the hill climbs, but no injuries, blisters, or damaged toes. The couple days following, I was EXTREMELY sore, which made it hard to even go up or down the stairs, and I walked funny as all the muscles in my legs had taken a serious beating. However, the accomplishment is worth it.

Being a Mom, and dedicating the majority of my time to my two little ones, has a way with limiting the amount of adventure at times. Through the training, I've re-visited the ambitious, dedicated, competitive side of me that brings excitement and adventure. Most amazing, is the full-knowing that if we are kind to our bodies and care for them, WE CAN do amazing things. Fetes like these feel awesome and are good for the soul.

Coming up on the 6 & 7 mile loop~Nate was there to cheer me on

"Don't let weakness make you believe you lack strength." -unknown


Jeannie July 31, 2009 at 11:01 AM  

Way to GO Cassie! GREAT JOB!

mme. bookling July 31, 2009 at 12:44 PM  

Wow Cassie! You're cute.

And awesome.

Erin August 2, 2009 at 1:08 AM  

You are awesome girl!!!

Keri August 2, 2009 at 7:53 AM  

Woo! Woo! Congratulations on a major accomplishment! There's nothing like running across that finish line and the feeling you get from doing something hard and great. Good job!! P.S. What's next? :)

Janet Fonoimoana August 3, 2009 at 7:22 AM  

Wow Cassie, I am SO impressed! You're amazing and a true inspiration.

Britt August 3, 2009 at 9:52 AM  

I'm proud of you C. That is incredible. Way to go girl.

Connie August 3, 2009 at 10:11 AM  

Cassie, Babe, your determination to do something for yourself that adds to your self-portrait of who you are is amazing. Good job, girl! Love, Mom

amber johnson August 3, 2009 at 3:47 PM  

That is so awesome Cassie. You should be so proud of yourself. That must have took a lot of hard work. It's gotta feel so nice and so cool running across the finish line (I never really thought about what that must feel like until Keri mentioned it.) Good job!

Cassie August 5, 2009 at 2:11 PM  

Thank you for the congratulations. :)

Keri-I am thinking the Portland 1/2 marathon in September.

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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