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The Weekend: I did it!

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"Exercise releases endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don't kill people." -- Legally Blonde.

I made it through the race! Thanks for all your prayers and cheers. I had a lot of fun & definitely learned a lot from the experience -- thus, I can't wait to do it again! My final time was 2 hours 1 minute. Even though I wanted to run under 2, I had fun & felt great at the end. For all the nerves I had before, I have no aches or pains and am thankful for my good training. Next time though -- I'm going for speed & glory and I better ache as I pull myself across the finish.

I'm excited to keep running. I like the way my body actually thirsts for a good work out (even when my head is reluctant to leave the pillow in the morning). I signed up yesterday for a 5k towards the end of May and am setting a goal to run as close to my high school time as possible. It's gonna be a month of hard work, as lets face it, my high school self could kick my butt right now if we went for a 3 mile run.

Has anyone else experienced that when you exercise your self esteem and body image are just so much higher? Not that I look any different than pre-1/2marathon-training, but you just feel good -- you're more satisfied with your body for what it is and are surprised & humbled by what it's capable of accomplishing. It doesn't seem to matter so much if you're thinner or more muscular or tanner than so&so, because gosh darnit, you're in shape & you feel good!

The rest of the weekend was fantastic. Relaxed & danced like a crazy person at the East Nasty after party Saturday night. Sunday we had our Honduras benefit concert to raise money for the houses we will be building (we head out in 6 weeks). Justin Carlson, Rivers Rutherfod (you might not know the name, but you know these songs), and Matt Wertz were all rockstars & we raised almost $10,000!

{click for more pictures from this weekend}

20 comments...:

  1. For sure, I feel my best when I exercise both physically and mentally. I cant wait for baby number three to come, my body is ready to move.

    Congrats, and good for you on the run.

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  2. wow, those guys played at your benefit show? that is sweet!! how exciting that you are heading to honduras soon!!

    and awesome job on your run!! this post definitely gave me a little kick in the butt to get back into a workout routine because YES i totally feel happier, more self-confident and motivated (the list goes on) when i work out and i have very much been lacking in that department as of late.

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  3. That's great ! bet you crashed and burned that night !

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  4. I totally feel the same way! I used to live in Brazil and exercise regularly - felt so good about myself all the time. mind and spirit! congrats on the run!

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  5. I just started running about a week or so ago, I try to run atleast a good 15 minutes a day and am working myself up more each week, but I def feel more confident about me body when exercising, compared to before when I didnt, even if it hasnt gotten and toner, I just feel better about myself :)

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  6. I recently started doing yoga and TOTALLY understand what you mean -- I feel a lot better about my body! Congratulations on your amazing run!
    xxoo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  7. Yay for a good race! I DEFINITELY have more self confidence when I'm working out on a regular basis, even though I usually weigh more because I'm eating more and carrying more muscle.

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  8. Congrats! That is awesome. I love to exercise, so I am right there with you on feeling better.

    Best,
    Marcie

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  9. awesome job blair! both of my younger sisters run marathons and they have been trying to get me to run with them. this post really wants me to join them!

    thanks so much for sharing :)

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  10. congratulations!!!!! that's an amazing feat :)

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  11. yay congrats! I wish I had more patience and strenght to do it too!

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  12. I really need to exercise. It's been about a week and I'm feeling the effects.

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  13. Congrats on finishing your run! I'm running my first half-marathon in November. I'm up to 7.5 miles on my long weekly run right now and I'm trying to increase my speed. I never ran in high school, so I'm already beating out my teenage self.

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  14. Congrats!! That is a great accomplishment. xo

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  15. Congrats~ that is amazing and so inspiring! BTW, I just absolutely love that quote.

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  16. Also, would you like to exchange links? I love your blog.

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  17. thanks for stopping by my blog!

    and congratulations on the half-marathon! that's a great time! man--EVERYONE ran a half marathon this past weekend! makes me a little jealous, to be quite honest. oh well, i'll live.

    and i watched the video from the 5k for Africa you are participating in! what an awesome event. i only wish i was close enough to run it with you! i'll be praying that it raises an incredible amount of money for those precious children.

    looking forward to reading more :)

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  18. awesome job, girl! you ROCK! 2 hours and 1 min is fantastic! i'm super impressed.

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  19. nice time! so inspiring you are!!

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