mile 1.50: two songs play on my ipod: mr. brightside and bittersweet symphony.
mile 1.52: ipod freezes. YES, FREEZES... slight panic.
mile 1.55: conversation with self: ok, this is not a big deal. you can definitely run 13 miles without music. yeahhh no problem, jenna. you rock. you are strong. you can do this.
mile 2: dear ipod: you've ruined my life.
mile 4: conversation with self: wow i'm kind of tired...what mile am i on? 4???? that's it???
mile 5: conversation with self: this down hill is nice. i like you, hill. thank you for existing.
mile 6: conversation with self: these houses in sugarhouse are very cute. maybe one day i'll have one just like it, with a bright white kitchen with creaky wooden floors...light blue walls. or, maybe i want a celery green? i don't know. but either way, it's going to be cheery. oh wow, that man had b.o. is my 350 final on tuesday or monday? i wonder how jake's rugby game went? my dream last night was crazy. oh my gosh, i miss jake. what should i eat after this? a hamburger? no. crap, i have to start packing for the summer. my feet hurt.
mile 8: serious burst of energy.
mile 9: conversation with self: oh my gosh, i feel GREAT. i think i should just turn around and go up the actual "marathon" route! i could do it!
mile 10: conversation with self: i'm pretty sure i've been running in this park for a good two miles now. where is gateway? how come i don't see the fountain yet?
mile 11: conversation with self: ok, not feeling exactly great anymore. why are my feet tingling? is my back chaffing against my running pants?
mile 12: mentally singing "better, faster, stronger" by dear kanye.
mile 12.2: out loud singing "better, faster, stronger" by dear kanye.
mile 12.5: must. keep. moving.
mile 12.6: "only two more blocks!" someone yells. liar.
mile 12.7: all of a sudden, hear crowd going wild! i mean, cheering and screaming! oh my gosh, they love me! they totally love me! they are for sure cheering for ME!
mile 12.8: hear the loud announcer say: "and here comes the first marathon-finisher!"
mile 12.9: realized the first marathon-finisher is right behind me, which explains the cheering. maybe one of them was for me.
mile 13: realized that someone ran an entire marathon in the amount of time i ran a HALF-marathon, but proud of myself anyway.
back chaffage, sore feet, two 1/2 blisters, and one sun burn later, i am a happy girl.
thank you, katie, for being at the finish line. pictures coming as soon as katie emails them to me. loves.
19 April 2008