Finish Line

This one time, in Nashville … I ran a half marathon!

Nashville Country Music Half Marathon - Steph Medal

It was HARD, you guys. It was so freaking hot and sunny out, and so much of the race was on open stretches of road with no available shade … I thought I was going to melt into a puddle of sweat. But I kept dragging myself toward that finish line. I’d been planning on running eight miles and walking five, but at the last minute, my coach said that I could run up to 10 if I felt strong enough. So I did!

Nashville Country Music Half Marathon - Finishers

I took a couple quarter-mile breaks between miles 6 and 9, and then walked from mile 10 to mile 12. I was exhausted, but I forced myself to run the last mile so that I wouldn’t cross the finish line looking like a lazy slug! Just a few yards past the finish line, a group of volunteers was handing out medals. I was so happy to snag mine. IT’S GLITTERY!

Nashville Country Music Half Marathon - Medal

I felt so lucky to be able to do this. I thought my knees were going to send me to the spectator area, but they didn’t even bother me for the majority of the race! No knee pain, no shin splints, no nothin’. Just some good old-fashioned exhaustion and soreness. We even got to see some sights in Nashville. Not all of ‘em, but enough for one weekend trip.

We went out to a bar called The Red Door Saloon near our hotel.

Nashville - Red Door - Girls

We went to the Country Music Hall of Fame (I’m pointing at that dude because my husband recorded him a few months ago).

Country Music Hall Of Fame - Steph

I checked out Elvis Presley’s gold-leafed piano and desperately wished I could have it in my house.

Country Music Hall Of Fame - Elvis Presley Gold Plated Piano

We ate at 12 South Taproom, which had decent food but terrible service.

Nashville - 12 South Taproom - Brad Steph

And we all ran the race! Brad, our friend Courtney and I ran the half, and our friends Matt, Kelly and Ed ran the full. This was Kelly’s first marathon, and she finished in 3:42. Frigging insanity.

Nashville Country Music Half Marathon - Finishers

I feel so badly that I’ve been such a bad blogger, but I think I’m still recovering. For now, it’s time to watch Game of Thrones. See you again soon!

  • http://www.theweightrundown.com The Weight Run Down

    Congrats! Good for you!

    • http://glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph

      Thank you!

  • http://doctorprincess.blogspot.com Julia Hurtado (@DrPrincessJulia)

    Congrats!!!

    • http://glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph

      Thanks, Julia!

  • http://hausandhome.blogspot.com/ hausandhome

    CONGRATS! I am glad your medal was glittery…perfect for you! I love the neon yellow tops!

    • http://glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph

      Thank you!! Best medal ever, right?! :)

  • Morgan

    Congtrats on your big finish!

    • http://glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph

      Thanks, Morgan!

  • http://www.thesagaofatwentysomething.com Alex

    Congratulations on finishing lady! And I love that it’s glitter! It’s made for you, clearly. Did you have fun?!

    • http://glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph

      For the most part, yes! Walking around to find my friends with aching feet after finishing was possibly the most miserable 15 minutes of my life, but that was just a short portion of the day. ;-)

  • Lisa

    Congratulations! Huge accomplishment. Way to go!

    • http://glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph

      Thank you! :)

  • Milgal

    Congrats! I’m inspired! How did your shoes do in the race? I’m interested in getting some, and you’ve talked me into loving them already.

    • http://glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph

      They were great! My feet were really sore by the end of the race, but everyone else I was with said the same thing, so I don’t think it was the fault of the shoes … I’m going to post a review on them soon!

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