26 October 2008

They're Done!

This past weekend I drove down to South Texas to run in the Corpus Christi Harbor Half Marathon and Relay with my little sister, Claire. Our team name was "They're Done!" That way, when the announcer said our team name at the finish line, he yelled, "They're Done!" Oh well...we thought it was funny! We ran the half marathon as a relay team, each of us running 6.6 miles. It was hard but definitely worth it. At 7 a.m. we took off running up and down the Harbor Bridge and I was blessed to watch the sunrise as we ran across the 181 Causeway over Corpus Christi Bay to Portland. This was a really cool race!

Because of this race, Claire and I were able to hang out, just the two of us, and that in and of itself was worth the trip. She and I have not spent time together like that since before I left for Baylor! We met up in Corpus on Saturday night (I had been at Zephyr; she in Beeville) and went to Academy, where we bought matching pink, long-sleeved running shirts. Then we stopped by Forever 21 in the mall and after that, grabbed a bite to eat at Chick-Fil-A before heading over to Luke's Aunt Brenda's house.

Brenda was nice enough to let us stay at her house since she lives so close to where the race began. Little did we know that when we arrived there, we would find tons of healthy drinks and snacks for us to eat before the race and after for breakfast. Brenda also offered to drive Claire and I to the race at 6:15 in the morning! Just like a mother would, she took pictures of us before and after the race, picked us up after the race, and let us clean up back at her house before we left to go back home. She is an amazing hostess and friend!

At the race, Claire and I met up with Terri, a friend from church, who was also running the race. It was nice to see another familiar face running with us. I ran the first leg and Claire ran the second. It was hard, I'm not going to lie; running up the Harbor Bridge is not easy! But the race itself was beautiful and the weather couldn't have been better!

Looking back, I'm really glad that I let Claire sign me for the Harbor Half. It made me realize that I really want to get back into running and maybe even look into some other races. We even talked about a mini-triathalon! I'm putting a couple of pictures on this post and when I get a couple of more from Terri, I'll add those too. Woohoo for really cool experiences like this one and for making memories with families and friends!

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