Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Memorable Day

On Sunday, March 20th, David ran his 1st half marathon in Wrightsville Beach on Madeline's 9th birthday!!! This was indeed a day to celebrate.

Here's the runner himself.....ready to go at 4:30 a.m. from the hotel room. Neither of us slept very well. So what did I do after he left?

Decorate the hotel room for the birthday girl!

David sent me a text around 6:15 that said "feeling pretty pumped right now". About an hour later, he sent me this picture somewhere between mile 4&5! I got the girls up and we headed to our spectator spot with our Mickey D's breakfast in tow. Thank goodness David was able to text me during this, so we would know when he would be running by us. To put it mildly, I had a rough morning wrangling our cold, sleepy, hungry, whiny girls.

Eating breakfast and waiting for Daddy to run by.

From here, I'm gonna welcome David as a guest blogger to tell about his 1/2 marathon experience:
Let me first thank Gina for allowing me to be the first ever guest blogger on The Grimes Times. Here I am approaching my cheering squad between miles 11 & 12. The signs were a great surprise and gave me a nice little boost.

Running past Gina and the girls. Let me explain the compression pants and undershirt. Somehow the organizers managed to pick the one cool morning in the middle of a two week stretch of great weather. I wasn't sure what to wear, but it was pretty chilly at the start with a breeze blowing and I felt comfortable in this. In hindsight I could have done without the pants under my shorts; it would have made for better pictures.

Holy crap, what a happy moment! I'm on the far right about to cross the finish line. Unbelievable feeling. My goal was to finish under 2hr, 10min (that's about a 10 minute per mile pace), but deep down I really wanted to finish in under 2hr. My best training run had been 2hr, 6min and some change. On this day I finished in 1hr, 59min, 32sec!

Stopping the timer on my watch and checking my time.

I trained using the Jeff Galloway run/walk method which is probably the only way I got through training. I would run for 4.5 minutes and then walk for 30 seconds. I had already decided I would run the first 3 miles straight through on race day, but in the end the Galloway method completely went out the window. I kept feeling good, so I kept running. I figured I would take a short walk break when I started to give out, but it never happened. I ran the whole 13.1 miles!

The girls posing with their signs.

The finishers medal I received. I pretty much wore it the rest of the day and had to force myself not to sleep with it around my neck (figured that might be a choking hazard).

Fortunately Madeline didn't mind spending her birthday in Wilmington, mainly because she loved waking up in a hotel. This will be a day we'll both remember for a long time to come.

The back side of the medal. I know 26.2 would be more impressive, but I've got to think about that for a while ........ a long while.

Gina calls this my Superman picture. After the shock and initial excitement of finishing wore off I quickly realized it was 50 degrees, breezy, and I was covered in cold sweat. The mylar blanket does help a lot.

After a visit to the beer tent.

And this was what it was really all about. I've been envious of the 13.1 stickers I've seen around Raleigh. Gina read on a runner's web forum that "real" runners don't put these stickers on their cars. I don't care. I want the world to know the pasty white guy driving this car ran a half marathon!

For the first 35 years of my life I thought running was an incredibly stupid thing to do and a waste of time. I never hesitated to express my opinion to distance runners I knew that the human body was not meant to run that far. For a while I had forced myself to run 2 miles on the treadmill to try and stay in some kind of shape, but always hated every minute of it.

Well, a little less than a year ago a friend talked me into a 5K race and I got the fever. After a few more 5K's and a couple of sprint triathlons last summer, a half marathon seemed like an incredible challenge, but maybe a possibility. I can't even describe how rewarding it feels to have accomplished that goal (and especially my time goal) after a long winter of training. A few weeks before the race my former minister and friend mentioned Philippians 4:13 on his running blog. It reads, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (KJV)." I kept thinking about this and even wrote it down on a scrap piece of paper I carried with me. At mile 6 I saw a little girl sitting with some spectators holding a poster of this same verse. At that point I knew I had this one in the bag.

Guest blogger David Grimes signing off.

Thanks, David!

After the race, we told our 9 year-old the rest of the day was all about her! She was very excited about waking up in a hotel on her birthday. I don't think she was too excited about being dragged out early to support her daddy, but she was a trooper in the end and we made it through. We spent the rest of the day with family at Uncle Travis & Aunt Catherine's. She was excited to play with her cousins and......

meet her baby cousin Avery for the first time. She even got to hold her!!!

The birthday girl requested a cookie cake and she got it. Good choice, Madeline :-) It was yummy!

It was a great day. The drive back home got a little crazy with Margo....but such is life with a 2 year-old! Poor David didn't get to rest on the way home as he had planned but made up for it by sleeping 12 hours that night!

We are proud of Madeline and David! Now how long before David will sign up for a marathon?


The Three of Us said...

WOW!!! I'm so motivated by reading what David wrote... I can so relate to the running and not understanding why in the world anyone would want to run... even if someone was chasing you.... Now that I've started... I have the bug.... I love to run and swim.At Wild Dunes a couple of weeks ago I had to stop myself at 6.2 knowing my body wasn't use to it... Granted I was on vacation and time wasn't a factor... but walking the next day was.
Remembering last year when David did the 3 little pigs on his bike has motivated me to try to find some sort of wheels I can ride in it this year.
Go David!!! Very exciting!
Happy Birthday to Madeline; maybe one day they'll be running it together! I'm glad they both got to share a very special day and wonderful memories..

Is it just me or does Avery look like she's packing on the lbs...??? She looks great!
Praise God!!!

Grandma said...

What a wonderful day it was! Even a couple of meltdowns didn't diminish the joy of successful running, birthday, new babies, and family--all wrapped up in one day!

Nancy said...

Please tell the guest blogger that his Aunt Nancy is proud of him! Sounds like a great day all around. I love Madeline's birthday pictures with her Dad the half-marathoner and her little cousin Avery who is a true trooper! Love to all!

Alicia said...

Paul told me I should check this out. Congrats to the runner and to the birthday girl! Hope you guys are all doing great.
Your blog is much more positive than mine, ha!