Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Race Report- Mentee Donna's First Half Marathon

Zooma and me! 

I am not a runner.  I am just a mom who dreams of running.  Who sees other people running and wishes that could be me.  Who thinks shes too fat to run.  Who needs an inhaler to breath sometimes and who is middle aged and out of shape..... well, that WAS me.......before Zooma.  
Donna after the Cap 10K race
Saturday was the Zooma half marathon and with that  behind me now, I can reflect on the whole experience and what it meant to me.   I still remember the day I sent in my application to the HEB Texas Girlfriends program in hopes of being selected to participate and train with a mentor for the Zooma half marathon.   

It seemed like just what I needed.  I needed help and training and accountability and that is just what I got.... and so much more.  After 12 weeks of training, I ran the Zooma half marathon with my new "best running friends" and although it was hot, humid, hilly and hard to breath at times, overall, it was such a great  experience and one that I will never forget.  
after the race
Beautiful day, beautiful course and beautiful friends.  That's the condensed version of my race day recap.  Basically, I'm just so grateful for this whole experience and all the people I've met through it. 
Zooma helped me get into a more regular exercise routine and realize how important it is to take care of myself.  It has made me see that I can set a goal and accomplish it.   It has  given me new friends and I have found joy in the way running makes me feel.  I will continue to run and take care of myself and I am so glad I did the half marathon, however,  I think shorter distances are calling me in the future!

Thank you Lisa for mentoring me and sharing your knowledge and time with me.  What would I have done without you?  Lets do another race soon- I'm ready to go!  No HILLS this time and I promise to bring my inhaler. (there was a *little* incident near the finish line that involved lack of breathing and asthma and whatnot and well, let's just say that I'm glad everyone is OK and DONNA- you are not allowed to scare me like that ever again.)  
training run
Thanks for not leaving me behind!  I wont forget that day!  EVER!  

Lets hit the road! 


Congratulations Donna- you are a half marathoner- woot woot!!!!

4 comments:

Erin said...

Congratulations Donna! I love that you're already thinking of the next race.

Brooke said...

congrats on all your hard work!!! an inhaler is a bad thing to forget, especially on a humid day! glad it all worked out in the end.

Brooke said...

congrats on all your hard work!!! an inhaler is a bad thing to forget, especially on a humid day! glad it all worked out in the end.

Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me said...

Congrats on finishing the half! And I love that you are looking forward to more races. That's great!!