coming out of retirement

by @according2kelly on September 27, 2010

nearly four months. that’s how long my running shoes have been gathering dust in my closet. following eat. blog. run. i could hardly walk (literally), let alone run. three different doctors, one active release technician,  one physical therapist, & one reiki master/healer/guide/intuitive later, i realized i had to accept the cold hard truth – sometimes, time is the best (& only) medicine.

Team Sparkle at Disneyland Half Marathon

so, for nearly four excruciatingly long months, my shoes sat there – temping & taunting me. as the days turned into weeks, which then turned into months, i began to wonder if there would ever be an end to my self-imposed jail sentence. with just two weeks to go before the disneyland 1/2 marathon (a race i had signed up for in march), i threw caution to the wind, laced up my sneakers & started to train.

seven training runs later (the furthest being a total of six miles), race day found me at the starting line sporting my special edition, chartreuse-colored team sparkle skirt, tinkerbell wings & little bit of pixie dust. as i ran “through sleeping beauty’s castle, high-fived my favorite disney characters, & rounded home base at angel stadium,” my team sparkle skirt was definitely the talk of the race – resulting in lots of compliments, cheers & definitely a little bit of skirt envy. but, i have to admit, my skirt’s not the only thing my fellow racers were jealous of. i don’t know how many times i heard “no fair. she’s got wings. she’s going to ‘fly’ by all of us.”

disneyland 1/2 marathon by the numbers…

* 5K split 29:31
* 10K split 58:37
* 15K split 1:27:26
* total chip time 2:01:40. (although, a new personal record, in my mind there will forever be an asterisk associated with this race. while my “chip” time was 2:01:40, the total course mileage was 13.35 miles. so while the records books will forever clock me at 1 minute 40 seconds over 2 hours, deep down i know i ran 13.1 miles in just under 2 hours).

* overall place: 1,991 of 12,361
* gender place: 700 of 7,854
* division place 143 of 1,310

not bad with just two weeks of training under by belt. i guess the tinkerbell wings & pixie dust helped more than i anticipated.

team sparkle at disneyland half marathonoh yeah, i guess i wasn’t the only one who decided that a team sparkle running skirt was the perfect accessory for a disney running race… luckily the girls of team sparkle were there, cheering us on & preserving all the fabulous-ness on video.

11 comments
This is Carrie
This is Carrie

You ran a seriously RAD race. Looked strong the whole time. So glad we were able to be there to cheer you on from the sidelines!

whoorl
whoorl

You are AWESOME!! Congratulations!

Marilee
Marilee

This is so great. So you must really like running. I am doing a 5k in Montana at the end of October and I am finding it hard to train. Do you have a secret? Do you have a special way of training? I ran two miles on the tredmill this morning and totally had to push myself. I did it though. Is it going to get easier? And when you train, do you run every other day and on the off days, cross train? I need some encouragement. I love your "outfit".

BusyDad
BusyDad

What an achievement!! To stay in shape these days, I do crossfit, and there's a lot of running involved in it. I can say I hate/love running with a passion ;)

Laura
Laura

Way to go! Runners impress me! You look great!

Casey
Casey

I LOVE your outfit for the race. I need to check out your skirts in LB. Congrats on a great run at Disneyland! I can't believe it but I finished within 1 minute of you there. I wish I would have known so I could have looked for you!

Kelly
Kelly

You are awesome!! I needed to read this tonight. See, I was training for my first 1/2 marathon (St. Jude one in Memphis, TN) and I was *almost* there. I had just gotten myself to the 11 mile mark and knew I'd be able to complete my first half in December. On 9/17/10, I was out running and was struck by a car. I broke bones, vertebrae, dislocated a hip, tore an ACL...the list goes on...and I can't walk yet. But, I read stories like yours and I know it's possible to run again...and train again...and I will run the same race next year. Thank you for writing about this. P.S. I have total mini-skirt envy - and the wings! Oh the wings are just perfect! I live right outside of Disney World so I know all about the wings, ha! Such fun running attire! Maybe I'll be bold like that when I run next year...not if I run...WHEN I run!

kelleyn
kelleyn

Congratulations! You must be proud. I would be!

Jessi
Jessi

You are amazing!!! Well done.

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