Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded. (author unknown)

There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.  –Edith Wharton, Vesalius in Zante

My training, fundraising, and half-marathon have come to an end. I have learned so much from this experience and I can honestly tell you that every minute of my hard work was completely worth it. I am feeling quite lost right now that this is all over!

Things I have learned from this journey:

1. My body is capable of doing things I never thought possible.

2. Training for a big race makes all the difference. As opposed to not training, or training half-way.

3. Support comes in many forms… some people are there for you in every way, some come through in one way, and some people not at all.

4. People really do “shart” themselves during races. No, I did not. But I did witness a woman in white sweatpants who must have had this unfortunate experience.

5. Losing toenails is a badge of honor. Or that’s what I tell myself.

6. Seeing a cancer survivor on mile 10 of the race can make me bawl, as well as put a new bounce in my steps that can carry me to the finish.

7. People you have never met in real life can become some of your best friends. When you do meet in real life, it will be like you have known each other forever.

8. Don’t drink a full bottle of water right before the race start time.

9. Race porta-potties are NAAAAASTY!

10. Pre-race poops are a significant event and you must cheer for your teammates as they try to have theirs.

11. Puffy paint is not a good idea for race singlets.

12. Cambered freeways do not make a good running surface. Especially for miles and miles.

13. I am almost a real runner when I am going downhill.

14. Skull candy earbuds don’t work in my ears. Or maybe I just don’t get how they are supposed to work?

15. Music can make or break you.

16. Fish tacos are one of my favorite things EVER. So are blue-cheese nachos.

17. Hope that you get through training and race day with no injuries, but expect that you will get them.

18. I will get my heavy, gushy period right before race day.

19. The support of camaraderie of Team in Training is unlike anything else. Seriously.

20. Tattoos on the lower, inner ankle/foot hurt like fuck. Not joking. I thought Kirsten was just being a wuss. Then it was my turn.

21. Race medals are awesome and I totally think I could become addicted to getting them.

22. My thunder thighs will never be okay to run in shorts. CHUB.RUB.

23. Buy a giant bottle of ibuprofen before starting training for any long race.

24. People who run full marathons are INSANE! But I may try it out myself one day. I’m crazy like that.

25. Coach Joe and Julie rock.

26. My running has inspired my children to become more active and healthy.

27. I felt love from all over the world on race day. It made all the difference to be able to look at Twitter and see everyone rooting me on as I was climbing those hills! (thank you.)

28. Finishing is everything. How fast you finish is not.

Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. –Margaret Mead

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  • ~Mendie~

    Incredible…that's almost all I can come up with for how far you have come. I am so proud of you. I am glad that you got my tweets thruout the race and hoped you could feel the love coming from Ohio!

    You are a runner….you have a medal to prove it. Oh and some awesome battle scars on your feet!

    Hugs Lissa! Maybe someday I'll "run" along side ya!

  • Becca

    Woohoo! You definitely inspire me to try out a 1/2. :)

  • Kirsten

    Dammit! I thought I was done being all teary and shit. Skank. And yes, I was *not* being a wuss. That mofo hurt!! Also? I'm in agreement with everything you said here. But no babies were lost in the running of the race.

  • Brooke

    great job hooker!!

    my only piece of advise – don't try to paint over a nail-less toe. it'll hurt like hell. and hurt even worse when you try to take nail polish remover to said nail-less toe.

    and of course you'll be ready for a full – i'd say around next january in time for disney!!

  • Karena

    I'm so amazed by you – by all of you! I get shivers and teary-eyed every race recap I read. So glad that you had this awesome experience!

    I'm with Brooke — you should definitely think about the full in January. Think about it: you could be hunkered down in ND -40, or in Orlando, basking in the sun with some of your favorite hookers. Surely that's got to be worth the extra effort?

  • Shana

    Yay to you! Congratulations!!

  • Jen

    You make me giggle! Yes, the inner ankle tats hurt!! Glad you didn't shart yourself, I have seen it too, and I'm always thankful it wasn't me. I need to know which hydration belt you have! I love the SkullCandy earbuds I won from SJ, but I can NOT run with them.

  • Heather

    Congratulations!! I think I need to work on that 3 mile walk so that I can work up to a 1 mile jog and then someday…someday I will check off that "to do" of a 1/2 marathon. When did you find time to run every day (or most days)? My youngest will be in preschool next Fall 3 days a week and I will be free of kiddies and strollers.

  • Lindsey Feldpausch

    "I am almost a real runner when I am going downhill" —- had to chuckle!

  • Tiffany

    AWWWW! You are so funny! I love your list… I feel so blessed to know all of you hookers and I miss, miss, miss all of you! I am sure you are thrilled to know that I think of you every time I look at my gnarled toes… We have to find help for our poor toenails!

  • imadramamama

    Can I get a huge freakin' AMEN!!! to the last one! Yay for finishing!

    I'm so proud of you, jerk.

  • T.W.I.T.

    You are truly Amazing!! I'm at a loss for words.. what an inspiration you are!! Way to Go :)

  • jen

    Shart – LMAO!

    Losing Toes = ewww!


    You are a serious bad ass!

    xox, jen