Look What the Cat Dragged In!

5 (and some change) hours after beginning this quest, I am proud to report that I finished!! Today I didn't have any expectations other than to finish, hopefully feeling better than when I did 18miles a few weeks ago. Guess what? I did.

Pause for quick happy dance.

I am thankful for Bay Area Fit and all of the support from not only the coaches, but also fellow Fitters. They provided 2 well stocked aid stations and drove the course frequently checking on everyone. It was such an heart bursting moment to approach the high school and still see people waiting to cheer me, a self-proclaimed turtle, across the finish line. Did I mention it took me 5+ hours--and they still waited. I'm without words.

I am thankful for the pretzels and the most delicious orange wedge EVAH. I probably looked like some strange animal devouring every last bit.

I am thankful for Scott and Annelise driving out to see me along the course. That was such a big boost.

I am even thankful for the rain showers that hit about 3 miles from the finish line. It cooled things off and actually was quite refreshing. Now the 4 cars that splashed me, not so much.

So. There you have it. I did it. Woo. And a Hoo.

3 weeks until 26.2!! Bring. It. On.


  1. Congratulations! Way to go!!!

  2. girlfriend, you are in taper now! enjoy these next few weeks. you've done all you can do, you've put in the time + work. race day adrenaline will power you through. you are going to finish and you are going to finish strong! I am so proud of you!!

  3. Woo and Hoo is right girl! So great about your success -you'll have to cheer us all on in the new year with our running goals :) Have a great Christmas!

  4. Way to go girl! You are awesome! I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

  5. Did you hear me honkin?? ha ha! you looked great out there. I am so proud of you. 21 miles....I can't even imagine. I love your picture. :)

    Have a very Merry Christmas...see you when I get back.

    Love ya

  6. Congrats, Holly!
    I am SO PROUD of you....I know this is HUGE!
    No worries....I only ran a half marathon and I ate 5 bananas and 2 bagels when I finished! ouch!
    I am cheering you on for your BIG run coming up! :)
    Amy, Pink Christmas girfriend :)

  7. WAY TO GO!!congrats on that huge achievement. it's got to feel good-this side of it-knowing that you are READY! :)

  8. btw, holly, off topic, but I got a new camera for my b-day too! mine is a kodak easy share and I can't wait to really get a chance to play with it!

  9. Have I said this before?....YOU'RE AMAZING, DAH-LING!

    I just had to laugh, imagining you devouring your orange wedge like a wild jackal.

  10. Wow, wow, wow, congratulations!! You're ready for the real thing, I'm so impressed!

  11. Woo Hoo!

    You go on with yo bad self!

    Just popped in here after a busy week and caught up on all the posts I missed...the gumdrop trees look like a really fun project! I can't believe you did 21 miles...what an accomplishment! Three weeks...you WILL do this! How awesome!
    Merry Christmas!

  12. Awesome job, Holly! :) I am so proud of you!!

  13. congrats, that has got to be a great feeling!

  14. sweet!!! :) so awesome- you are totally set for the 26.2. i'm excited for you!!!! i totally wish i could be there to see you finish!!!

  15. Congrats, you rock star, you. I worship at your sneaker-wearin' feet. Way to go!

  16. Wow, wow, wow!! I'm so excited for you. You look absolutely exhilarated in your picture. You're amazing!

  17. You rock! And you are totally ready for 26.2. Just wait until those people are cheering you on. It's so hard to run when you are crying at the same time...just wait. And orange wedges...I so know what you mean.

  18. You are so inspiring! I'll be cheering you on and thinking about your 26.2! Keep it up! One day, one day. Hopefully, I won't be saying this for too many more years.

  19. i was thinking of you today and how excited of what you will be doing in the next few days.. right?
    oh my it is going to be so great.

    put something on your shoes for you to look at, i put one bead for each of my girls.
    write something on your hand for you to read during the race
    write notes to yourself on your feet before you put your shoes on.
    bring some form of a way to take photos, camera phone or small camera.
    the other thing i would do next time that i wish i would have done is bring a small note with a thank you to hand to someone at the end of the race who had cheered me on.

    give lots of high fives, enjoy the day and one foot in front of the other that is the only thing you have to do.
    There is only one way to run but a hundred ways to be a runner!


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