Things I Learned While Running My First Half Marathon

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1. Running a race the day of daylight savings that requires you to show up two hours early for parking = a very early morning.
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2. Over 5,500 people running = a long potty line.
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3. It helps to wave your hands up and down to make sure your cheering crowd sees you.
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4. You know a real friend when they want to get up at 5:00 am to come watch you run.
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5. There are many people much faster and more fit than you.  Don’t take it personally.
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6. It feels good to finish. 
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7. And to brag.
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8. It is good to have friends who push you.
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9. And to have a supportive husband and a nice camera.
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10. Plus it gives your parents something to enjoy to take their mind off of wanting you to have children.
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Finishing Time {2:04}
Would I do it again?  {Yes!}
A full marathon?  {Not any time soon}
After run craving?  {A whole bag of Dorritos!}
*Thanks so much for all the comment love and Facebook support!  It means a lot to me that so many of you were excited to share in this exciting milestone of my life!  xxoo

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20 comments:

  1. Wow, awesome time and you looked so pretty even while running!

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  2. Congratulations!!! I'm impressed.. you did a great job and to have all that support..your one lucky woman!! I feel behind,,, at 49 I just finished my first 1 mile run.. never in my life have I ran a mile...you've given me inspiration Ashley.. thanks so much!!

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  3. AMAAAAAZING! I want to do a half so bad, but I am going to wait until after I finish having my kids...could be a while for me! Nice work, girl! And the time? Unbelieveable!

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  4. 2:04?????????? Holy crap thats fast. You smoked my 2:30 time! YOu go girl!!!!!!!! I love, love, love seeing women run!

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  5. Congrats! Finishing a 1/2 is a HUGE accomplishment. Doesn't it feel great? My only advice would be to "consider" a full while you are in such good shape...I ended up training past a 1/2 and completed a full a few months later. Never need to run a full again, but it's an amazing experience as well. Congrats again!

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  6. Congratulations, Ashley!!! You should be so proud of yourself. Amazing job. :)

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  7. I love the "taking their mind off wanting grandchildren" lol. WTG you did awesome!!

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  8. Congrats Ashley! Way to go girlie :)

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  9. That's awesome! I am super proud! that finish line is the best feeling in the world!

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  10. congrats!!! that is so amazing! i have been wanting to train for a 1/2 for a long time, but i am scared!!! you look so cute in your little green accessories as well!xo

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  11. Congratulations!!!! That is such a great accomplishment! Your hubby took great pictures.

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  12. go you! I so admire runners! the part about taking your parents' minds off you having children made me laugh! Kelly

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  13. Wow! Great time!!!

    WTG!!!

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  14. Nice work! Any desire to run a full now??? That urge struck me almost as soon as I crossed the finish line at my first half.

    I had to laugh at your photo sequence of getting passed at the end. :-) I totally did that to a bunch of people in the last mile of my marathon, and looking back I feel a little bit bad about it. But what can I say... I was super excited, and inspired! It's amazing what you can do that late into a test of endurance if you feel motivated enough. (I think this is a good life lesson generally, too.)

    Yay for you!

    xoxo,
    tanja

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  15. I'm so proud of you.
    I hope one day, I too can run like the win. Is my most desire goal. Hubs has agreed to get up early to do this with me once it gets a little warmer.
    Any tips on how to get started?

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  16. Only you could pull off a ruffly headband while running a half - you're awesome! Congrats!

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