1.01.2009

Running in the New Year

Can you guess what I did this morning?

You are right! I ran the Half in the 10th annual Texas Marathon in Kingwood Texas. I had heard positive things about this New Year's Day event and when a friend mentioned giving it a try, I was all over it.

It is a smaller race, about 400 runners between the full and half, with plenty of friendly support and great organization.

One section of the looped course was filled with everyone's names stapled to the trees. I may never have my name in lights, but it's been stapled to a tree. Isn't that nice?

Our goody bags were filled to the rim with coffee mugs, a hat, nice gloves, a sport bottle and a nice long sleeved shirt. There still might be other goodies in there, I haven't dug to the bottom yet. After the race there were stacks and stacks of hot pizza, sodas and cookies. I never thought I would cross the finish line and immediately go for a slice of za, but apparently if it's available I'm all over it.

Since it was the 10th year for this event, and we are of course in Texas where everything is bigger and better, this is the medal...

I know. It's almost as big as my head. It actually hurts my neck to wear it. Impressive, no? Each year they give out a small stuffed animal with your finish place on it. This year they had bats and I finished 99th.

After an ice bath, followed by a shower and some foam rolling, I felt pretty good. Considering my longest run prior to this was 5 miles and I have shown little (okay, no) restraint around all possible forms of sugar, I was glad my body remembered what to do.

This race was a lot of fun and I'm really glad to have started the new year this way. In a way it has re energized my attitude toward running. I'm ready to get the holidays behind me (and off of my behind) and find my running groove again. And my abs.

Happy New Year to You!

****Just for fun****I'll send a bit of good mail to the first person to correctly guess the first song on my play list for today. It's a bit old school and fitting for the occasion.

18 comments:

  1. No clue on the song but what a fun race! Your name on a tree? What could be better!

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  2. All is quiet on New Years Day...I will be with you, be with you...

    Is that it? Well, if it isn't I now want to upload it!

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  3. What a way to start the new year. Way to go Holly! and no idea on the song. Maybe "Deep in the heart of Texas"?

    I don't mean to pry, but what the heck is foam rolling?!?

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  4. Sometime lurker, infrequent commenter and fellow runner coming out of the shadows to guess the song . . .New Year's Day by U2?

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  5. never heard the song mentioned in the guesses above but sounds like a good one for the occasion!

    it was lots of fun! I'm glad we got to do this one! oh yes, I did my ice bath too! brrr....

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  6. Prince, party like it's 1999? I don't know if that's the exact title...

    That race sounds awesome! Care if I join you next year??

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  7. Go Holly! What a way to start the new year! I am still so in awe of all you have accomplished!

    An your name...In PINK!

    Ok,I am no music buff...but I want the good mail...ok, no idea!

    Love ya~

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  8. ooohh! fun! I want to do this as my texas marathon! what could be better than running your heart out on new year's day! :)

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  9. Wow, what an impressive way to start the new year! It's even more impressive that you haven't been training for such a big race.

    I'm clueless and curious about the music.

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  10. i had no idea you were planning a race! that's great. congratulations! I hope to do a short one or two this year.

    The first song that popped into my mind was 'holiday' by madonna!

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  11. now that looks like a really great race! I love it when they make the runner really feel special.

    Hmm I'm listening to VH1 right now so I'm going with Kiss Me Deadly cause that's what is on...but maybe you were still feeling the holidays...Feliz Navidad :)

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  12. wow- you are amazing!
    what a way to start off 2009!!!

    I am impressed by all the loot & that huge metal~ definately Texas sized.

    I don't know about the song-it wouldn't be something by that funky kids singer with the weird hair that you love... or maybe leftover Christmas music from Mr. Charly Pride? I wish I knew? :)

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  13. I have no idea on the music either but I'm sure getting a lot of chuckles out of the other guesses :)

    Good job on the race! And I shared a giggle with my husband over the "bigger and better" medal (he was raised in Texas).

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  14. Congratulations Marathon Bird!

    My thought for a perfect post-half-marathon run song would be Harder to Breathe, but that probably isn't old-school enough.

    How about Journey's Keep on Running?

    You and silken have inspired me, and kept me running more regularly in recent months. I'm not up to a half marathon yet, but it sounds like something that could be fun to try, if I can work my way up to it. I was considering a mini-triathlon this summer.

    Also, I've awarded the Honest Scrap Award to you, if you have a little time to post 10 little-known facts about yourself.

    Happy New Year!

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  15. Congratulations Marathon Bird!

    My thought for a perfect post-half-marathon run song would be Harder to Breathe, but that probably isn't old-school enough.

    How about Journey's Keep on Running?

    You and silken have inspired me, and kept me running more regularly in recent months. I'm not up to a half marathon yet, but it sounds like something that could be fun to try, if I can work my way up to it. I was considering a mini-triathlon this summer.

    Also, I've awarded the Honest Scrap Award to you, if you have a little time to post 10 little-known facts about yourself.

    Happy New Year!

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  16. Congrats! How cool on the sign the one above yours is a running buddy of mine, LOL!

    i heard that is a great event.

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  17. don't forget to turn in your HBBC points

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  18. Just came across this post when searching the internet for pics for the Texas Marathon. Love the post. You make me wanna do this one and I think I have my running convinced to do it! TY!

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