Bruised, but Beaming

November 5th

I ran a personal best 1/2 marathon this morning. It was a beautiful race. A creamy-peach moon hung heavily on the western horizon as we started in South Mountain Park. Slowly, the colors in the saguaros changed from olive to sage green as the sun climbed in the sky. I started toward the back of the pack and pushed myself to stay on pace for the first 7 miles and not get caught up in race excitement. More than once I’ve gotten carried away with the running crowd and found myself completely spent during the last half of the race.
Not this morning. The stars aligned and I sailed through the race, walking only briefly and finishing with my fists clenched above my head Rocky-style. Awesome.
The only thing that could have gone better? I tripped and fell. Apparenly I got a bit too into my music and wasn’t paying attention to the uneven concrete. Down I fell, sliding forward on my palms and leaving an impressive road rash gash on my hip. {Sidenote: You get impressive service from paramedics when there are no health issues other than one klutzy girl who fell over herself on the trail. Oy.}
Truly for the first time in my life, I feel like I’m getting stronger and faster. I hope I’m not jinxing myself, but this training and improved diet might actually be working.

Off to nap,

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29 Responses

  1. ouch! Hope your grazes are feeling better soon. It sounds like a wonderful race- well done!

  2. Spectacular! Great work, Kelli! You are proof that dedication and hard work equal triumph. Hope you enjoyed your nap and don’t wake up too sore and bruised from your fall.

  3. Good for you!

  4. ..great job…! and I guess the scars will serve as a reminder of your excellence.

  5. Half marathon?!? Awesome. I wish I had your motivation. I used to be a runner, but I’m having such a hard time getting back into it. I guess I’m a sitter now!

  6. Way to go Kelli!!!! Great job 🙂

  7. Yay, you!! You should be so proud.
    Hope you heal up fast. 🙂

  8. congrats on the PR! And a PR — even with a fall! I’m glad the fall wasn’t any worse.

    I am having an awful time forcing myself to stay at my target pace for anything over 3 miles — any tips? 🙂

  9. Congratulations! That’s a great achievement!

  10. Wow! Congrats on your race. I’m with several of the other commenters, trying to get back into running, although even at my best I was more of a 5K-er.

    Hope you didn’t fall just to meet the paramedics since your doctor’s wife dreams were recently dashed. There has to be an easier way to meet a cutie with a stethoscope!

  11. Amazing! Well at least after your fall you were able to get back up – now they are just battle scars! 😉 Congrats!!!

  12. fantastic and congratulations. i’m curious, what were you listening to?

  13. Were you listening to Eye Of The Tiger?

    Congrats on the doing the run. I’m still a looooong way from accomplishing something remotely like that…

  14. Yay! Go Kelli! Congratulations, what a wonderful goal to achieve. I might just dig out my running shoes after reading this.

  15. Great work! Sorry about the ouchies! Were any of the paramedics gorgeous enough to take your mind off the pain?


  16. Congratulations on the race but I am sorry about your fall. It’s nice to read about your efforts to train and pursue your goals–it’s inspiring.

  17. so fabulous!

  18. congratulations!!! that is great!

    it stinks that you fell, but you FINISHED!!!!!

  19. Nice work, girl. Lance Armstrong called the marathon “the hardest physical thing” he had ever done. That just goes to show what we have always known, the *real* athletes are the runners. 🙂

  20. Congratulations!!!

    What a great accomplishment. I’m sure you’re very proud(and you should be!) – bruises and all. 🙂

  21. WOW! Good for you! I hope the bruises don’t slow you down too much.

  22. Never thought about running the New York marathon? That would be a real challenge!! I hope you will be ok soon.

  23. Congratulations–sounds like a great experience and with war wounds to boot! What a woman!

  24. You’re right: awesome!

    (And the first few lines are written quite beautifully, I might add!)

  25. You’re my hero, Donk! More so because you’re so undeniably you. Trip, fall, crash, WIN! You kick ass and you know it. Nice work on the PBR.

  26. Yay, you!!!!!

    Sorry to hear about the fall – but the rest of the race sounds awesome! I’m quite impressed….

  27. Wow, Kelli! I’m impressed with anyone who can run over a mile. Hmmmm. I wonder if I can even do that anymore? Congrats on running your personal best! You should be proud.

  28. other than the falling, it sounds like a wonderful time and space for you to have. three cheers for you! hip, hip, hurray! hip, hip, hurray! hip, hip, hurray! i can paste a few more times if you’re up for it. just let me know.

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