Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Run Forest Run.....

Okay, so I NEVER win anything. I can't even win an argument with Bryan (well sometimes on a RARE occasion). Anyway, my friend Mindi and I decided to run the Bridal Veil 10k last Saturday. I LOVE running (if you haven't already guessed) and I love running races. There's something about the adrenaline that really motivates me. However, I'm not in it to win in. I usually just try and beat my own personal time. Anyway, I was feeling really good that day and so I thought I'll push it a little bit, why not? This particular race doesn't use time chips so they have those who are trying for a faster time start at the front of the pack, thus bypassing the congestion of all the other runners. I've mainly been training for 1/2 marathons lately, so I thought I could maybe push myself since it is half the distance. So there I stood at the front, behind the finish line. The race started. I was off to a good start. People kept passing me (which was a little discouraging) but they were all men. I kept up a good pace and was feeling really good. The race went up the Provo Canyon 3 miles, looped around at Bridal Veil and then we ran down the same way we came up. As I rounded the corner on my way back down the canyon, I realized that I was the first female. I thought to myself, "I may have a chance to win this." But I realized that I had 3 more miles to go and with the sun beating down on me, I was starting to get tired. The next woman was behind me less that 1/4 of a mile. I thought, she's probably pacing herself and will kick it up a notch towards the end. So, that gave me motivation to keep up my pace. To make a long story short.....I crossed the finish line where I was congratulated on coming in 1st place (that was, of course, 1st overall in the women division).....WHAT?? Are you kidding me? I couldn't believe it. In fact, I thought they were joking until they handed me my fabulous GRAND prize........(see below).If you don't believe me, just take one look at my face.....it says it all! YIKES!!! Now the question is, where to hang this gem?

20 comments:

Tricia said...

Congratulations Marcae!!!

Lisa said...

That is seriously awesome! I really need to start running again, but I just seem to be content with my walking lately. Oh well, I guess something is better than nothing!

Melissa said...

Wow - you go girl! That is an amazing accomplishment! I hope you feel good about your self. Win marathon, check! Nice work!
Melissa - IHH Angels

Jayci said...

Oh my heck! Congrats! & - U look AMAZING!

The Dumas Family said...

I can't believe I'm finding out about this now on your blog when I just saw you yesterday. You are so awesome and my hero! I wish I were like you. Way to go on the big "W"! I'm so happy for you! You definitely put in the work to win.

The Lapuaho's said...

Way to go Marcae!! I would love to run in a race with you. I am planning on the 10K for the Days of '47 parade....wanna join me?

The Faddis Family said...

You never cease to amaze me! And I so want to love to run and be in good shape... say next spring after #3 gets here. I think I would try harder if I didn't have to worry about peeing my pants while running. My kids have so ruined me!

Brooke said...

Look at you!!! Congrats! We were just at Bridal Falls on Friday. So Nate and I decided that we needed to start running again this summer. What were we thinking?!?! We both about died once we made it around the block. We've got work ahead of us!!

The House that James Built said...

alls i gotta say is wow!! congrats!i can't even run a mile....;)xoxo

Meladie said...

That is AWESOME Marcae!!! And that picture! WOW, What a gem! :) I love it, ha ha! Seriously, you rock and you look so amazing! I've kinda stopped running for the moment, but you motivate me to get back to it!

Jen Roper said...

That is awesome! Congrats! Hopefully see ya next week at Ragnar.

ryanfam said...

Wow Baby! Now this doesn't surprise me a bit because I saw your time at the SLC 1/2 and you are a fast little momma!! I'm totally jealous of your award winning painting!:)
I wish I would have been blogging more cause I would have loved to been apart of the relay. Maybe next year. that would be so fun
Ps you look so AMAZING

Maquel said...

Hey, congrats! That is so awesome!

Tami and Kaleo said...

Congrats: Your so skinny you make me sad and motiviated. I love you. Tami Teriipaia

Jamie said...

sweet marc, congrats!!

Carrie said...

Marcae! You animal! Fillmore Freedom Mile/Aaron Boone better watch out! :) I think Team Giles may have to forfeit the trophy this year if you're running. :) heheh I seriously can't wait to see you guys! Just a few more weeks...

Valerie said...

That is the coolest story ever! Way to go, Marcae! I wish I liked running but I can't get into it- but you make me want to try again!

Fritzsche's said...

I love it!!! Congrats. That is so awesome and I'm so excited to come visit and see that hanging in your front room!

The Hawaiian Howells said...

that is so cool marcae i am so proud of you i wish i could be that amazing!!!!! ps you look so flippen skinny so that running must be paying off love you guys and miss you lots love megan

Miranda said...

Woo hoo! I am so proud of you. And I love the little gem.