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Friday, October 17, 2008

I was here!!

Last Saturday I completed my second Marathon in exactly 12 months. I had never run before a year and a half ago. Running has been a wonderful blessing for me, even though I am the slowest runner I have ever met. (seriously I have never met anyone who runs slower than me)

Before I write a little bit about my wonderful day, here is a little video montage of one of the best days of my life.

enjoy! I hope it motivates anyone thinking that they can't do a marathon - that you can do it!

Baltimore Under Armor Marathon,
Baltimore Maryland 2008
video

49 comments:

kim said...

WOW! You are awesome!! Come to FL and do this for me PLEASE!!! Then next year, do it WITH me!

Miss you tons!

Love, Kim

Carrie said...

Congratulations! Your video is very touching. I am amazed that you have done two in one year! It has been a few years since I have done one... Maybe it will be Baltimore 2009?

Anne said...

Great documentation my friend. Love the video, and love that you had a built in photographer! Congrats on the great job!

(This made me really antsy for my own race next week!!!)

Anna said...

Fantastic video. I am amazed at all your photos from your run. What a great way to document this amazing accomplishment.

The monkey bunch said...

I cry every time I see my video and I cried when I saw yours. It is the most amazing feeling in the world, isn't it. I am ready to do it again, finally! Maybe Baltimore is a good one to try out. I love that you stopped and took all those pictures and videos and gave out those hugs. You are an inspiration!

Erin said...

You know I am a cry baby! I thought about you all day on Saturday and offerend many prayers! Do you know how many people love you?

Kelly said...

Very cool! This video is so touching -- what a great collection of memories, and the music just adds so much to it, too. Way to go!!

Hilary said...

What a touching, FUN video! I loved watching it. You're inspiring! And so dang fun!

Kristy said...

That's inspiring. I am very touched and even got emotional watching this. Congratulations!!!

Lauralee said...

oh that made me cry..congrats kristi! loved you giving that guy 50 bucks.. seriously what a sweet thing..

Liz said...

Kristi, you are awesome! Congratulations once again! I loved the pictures!

Holly said...

Scream!! This was fantastic. I loved all of your documentation along the way. I got teared up seeing you not only run the race, but taking notice of everything around you makes the event so much MORE. The faster runners might have an award or a time PR, but you definitely have an experience PR!! Which is the BEST!

(Selfishly, I also got choked up & pit of tummy nervous thinking about my upcoming event. Yikes!)

Sunshine said...

I am in aw of you! You leave "your mark" in so many ways...with each post...you reach through thousands of computer screens and into the hearts of women who want to believe they are something. You are amazing! Thank you for sharing who you are!

Mar5195 said...

I wanna come run with you!! What a great idea to go and document your journey! I will definetely do that next time!


Wasn't the community around the marathon amazing?? OMG I wanted to hug all the cheerleaders and water volunteers. All their encouragement meant the world to me.

Now I want a video!!

Charity said...

Wouldn't that be fantastic...Alaska to Baltimore to run? A once in a lifetime opportunity! If you don't watch out, you are going to have a crowd running with you next year!

Loved every minute of your video...seriously, what is it that makes me cry every time I see someone running a race and finishing?

Fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration.

dougandcheryl said...

That was great. My mom does marathons too. She just did the St George one a few weeks ago. It was her *I think* 18th marathon. It might be a few more than that and she is turning 60 in two weeks!
I loved your slide show. You look like you really enjoy the journey on your runs. I think that is really inspiring.

Missy :o) said...

Oh, that was awesome! YOu had me smiling and crying! I love that you took time to document the race and all the people that were SO supportive. I can't believe all the neighbors and everyone! Wow. You've got me psyched up now. If I could afford to fly out there next year, I would love to run it with you!! Seriously, I have never been a runner and so I'm sure I have to be slower than you! I can't even run a straight mile yet. I'm gonna try again tomorrow morning! Congratulations on finishing! :o)

Megan said...

I got chills watching you & your family cross the finish line! What a great ending! Great video!!

Congrats...you are an inspiration to all of us and I am sure your YW!! Keep it up!

Rachel said...

Holy cow I cried! What an awesome video to capture the experience! You are AMAZING! And even though I don't have any plans in the near future to run a marathon, I appreciate our reccommendation for the Non-runners guide to a marathon. I love it and have just started running again! Thanks for your inspiration!

Autumn said...

Kristi,

you are such an inspiration to me! I got teary eyed watching your video too~I can't even get up enough nerve to run a 5k much less a marathon! ACK!!!

Thanks again for sharing your amazing experience with me!

Autumn

Marla said...

ok, wow...that brought a lot of tears...I loved it! congratulations on following that dream!

Price Cream Parlor said...

YOU ROCK! You totally inspire me to go and do something BIG now! I love how you photodocumented your day! What a gift to yourself! What an amazing husband to add three hours to his time to run with you! Hello! That is seriously L O V E!!!
I loved watching your video - made me weepy for you! Loved your cute things that you added this year - your fingernails were too funny!
Congrats, Kristi! You are awesome!

tarab said...

I'm almost speechless...you are so awesome! I'm on the verge of tears. Miss you and all of your wonderfulness.

Rebecca said...

I don't run. I don't jog. I really only walk. And that is usually at Target. But getting choked up watching your video made me want to be there with you. Way to go!!

Jennifer (mom of four) said...

WONDERFUL!

Next year on Oct 9 I turn 40! Who knows maybe you have inspired me to run!

It helps that my SIL is a marathon runner and has been in 4 Olympic Trials. She Works for Brooks so I should be able to snag some awesome shoes.

By the way she left you a comment on your post about your list of what you were taking. Her name is Liz Wilson.

COngrats Mrs. Pink!!!!

Jenny said...

Congrats! That is so awesome. I actually had a friend from AZ that ran that as well.

Jill said...

I'm teary! You giving the music man $50 and a big hug is what really got me.

I love how you have video mixed in with the photos for this, very cool. I love it that you were in the paper, and I really love the photo of your whole family at the finish line. Wow! Congratulations on making it all the way through again!!!

Louise said...

Kristi -- confession time. I have been lurking for a LONG time. So long that it feels weird to introduce myself now. I love your spirit. This video had me in floods of tears. You are an incredible person with a beautiful way of capturing life as you soak up it up. I am so inspired and setting my alarm so I run tomorrow, even though 5K feels like a marathon at the moment. But it is my time for myself and I know it is my glue. I'll even wear my pink top. Louise xx
PS - I hope you don't think I am weird stalker type - i promise I am not.

Staci said...

The video totally made me cry. You are amazing and so inspiring.

Hannah said...

You are one amazing woman! Congrats and thanks once again for sharing this experience with us and inspiring so many!

Deb said...

Good work! The "mommy" sign got me-what a terrific video.

Laura said...

You are an inspiration to me and to many. What a woman! I smiled and cried throughout your entire video.
I told my brother today that I was going to run the SL Marathon in April. Guess I'm committed now. I want to document the whole way like you did. Way to go!

Amy said...

YOU ROCK! I loved reading about this (again) and it made me cry (again). So cool to grab your girls for the last bit.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

I am just so proud of you. Thanks for letting us along for the ride. This is just amazing.

Amy-Sue and Gian Del Bello said...

I am seriously choked up by that video! I would love to do 26.2 someday. I have a few obstacles to overcome first, but I am inspired by you!
Congratulations!

Victoria said...

You inspire me, thank you! I think of you often while struggling to gain my ground on fibromyalgia, and I see that you can do it, so can I! Thank you. :)

carlo said...

fantastic.

really, really fantastic.

thanks for bringing us on your journey

Jack & Ashley Waters said...

You don't know me but I found your blog through a friends. I normally don't comment on strangers blogs but I just wanted to tell you how inspired I was by your video! It made me tear up! I've just started to run and your video was the push I need! Thanks!

wende said...

that was awesome. seriously. i am feeling a little teary because i'm so proud of you! go pink lady go!

Kari said...

Congratulations! What an accomplishment!! Is there a nicer person to think of so many others on your journey?! And hey, I would love to know how you made that video and put the music to it. It was great too!!

Shawna B. said...

Yes, I DO want to run it with you! After all your talk about the Baltimore Marathon, it is definitely on my list!

Great documentation, Kristi. You will cherish that forever. Of course I am typing this with tears running down my face. I LOVE that you gave that music man $50.00. I imagine you'll be doing that again next year - and I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve. Let me just say again how proud I am of you. You did it!!!

Did you know Spirit of the Marathon is now out on DVD now? I bet you already have it, but if not, go grab yourself a copy! I just got mine in the mail and can't wait to watch it.

Rachel said...

AMAZING!!!! loved the video...

How about I will come and cheer you on in Baltimore next year when you run 26.2.

Then you can come to Lake Powell and cheer me and my dad on as we do a mini triathalon.

2009 baby........here we come!

melanie said...

Kristi you are amazing! Love this video and seeing your sweet family. Congrats on reaching your goal!!

TAGYN said...

Hey Krisi,
Great job on your marathon- they are never easy!
I just got back from doing the half in San Francisco and I highly recommend this race. It was very busy with 20 000 runners but very well organized and a lot of fun. Just think of running by the ocean, a chocolate mile and a Tiffany neclace at the finish line!!!
Check it out.

Anniebananie said...

You rock! Way to go! Brought back the good memories of my marathon is SL in April!

michelle said...

Amazing! I love love love the way you documented all of this, Kristi. Way to be strong and keep running past the garage sales! This video is just a treasure so you can always remember your marathon. My favorite thing of all is the picture of your whole family crossing the finish line.

Tecia said...

Just watched your video and cried, Your story inspired me.

beckyV said...

Hi Kristi, Congratulations on finishing!! I just told my friend Andrea today that I am going to run a marathon in May. I had my 4th baby 11 months ago and I am in okay shape. I have always wanted to run a marathon and I finally committed to do it before I am 35. Anyway, Andrea told me about you, she reads your blog, and told me I should come check out your story. It was so inspirational, I cried the whole time! Thanks for the needed boost in confidence!!

The Clanton Gang said...

So I have no idea who you are and I can't even remember how I found your blog, but I sit here with tears streaming down my face. Not sure if it's my time of the month or what, but your video was amazing and inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing.