I Think this Makes Me a “Runner”

If you follow me on Twitter or you’re my real-life-friend on Facebook, this is old news for you. But bear with me – I have to announce it on the blog.


I’m still walking with a limp and I’m hurting in places that I didn’t know existed, but I’m so proud of myself - and that’s not something I say very often!

Cory and I were up before the sun on Saturday. I had a slight panic attack 2 minutes after waking when I lost my contact. I loud-whispered to Cory who was still in bed – “Cory! Help! I’ve lost my contact! I CAN’T RUN WITHOUT MY CONTACTS!” Thank God he can see and quickly helped locate my faux eyeball. Once again, all was right in the world and we were ready to race!

Remember my last post? I thought it would be neat if I wore my PE uniform sweater from grade school to shield myself from the 28 degree weather – and metaphorically throw away that part of myself (at mile 7 ;) )

When we got to the race, my heart was beating a million miles a minute. Would I have a spontaneous bout of laziness? Could I really motivate myself to run thirteen miles?

Thankfully, I didn’t have much time to fret because we moved pretty quickly up to the starting line. As our heat started jogging, I said “It looks like this is really going to happen!”

And it did. And aside from a horrible pain in my foot for the last three miles, I accomplished all my goals. I ran the entire time and I finished. 2 hours and 12 minutes after we started, Cory and I crossed the finish line!

More in depth thoughts, celebration and recuperation will come next! But for now, this is all the important information you need to know :)


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29 Responses to I Think this Makes Me a “Runner”

  1. CONGRATS! You are awesome.And yes, you can call yourself a runner!!

    PS – Do you sleep in your contacts?

    • Colleen says:

      THANK YOU!! No, I don’t ever sleep in them – that’s my own Cardinal Rule haha. On Saturday morning I rolled out of bed and started getting ready in no time :)

  2. Yay!!! Great job Colleen! Very inspirational :)

  3. Rachel says:

    Colleen! I am so proud of you and I am beyond ecstatic to hear (see) you say that you are proud of yourself – because you should be lady! I had no doubt in my mind that you would be successful, you work hard to accomplish the goals you set for yourself and you are a motivation to others, including myself. I love you to the moon and back, and back again!

  4. Khushboo says:

    Congrats on the run! I would most definitely say you are a runner…a pretty fast one too!

  5. Ah, congratulations! This is a huge accomplishment!

  6. Ashley says:

    Congratulations! I am so proud of both of you! :)

  7. Way to meet your goal! And wasn’t the Richmond scenery beautiful? The colors in the trees were amazing.

  8. YAYYYYY!!!!!!!!!! Congrats pretty lady!! That is so awesome :D

  9. congratulations girl! so so proud of you. you’re amazing.

  10. Woohoo! That’s so awesome. Congrats to you both.

  11. Dorsa says:


  12. CONGRATULATIONS! 2:12 is a GREAT time!

  13. Yep – definitely a runner! Congrats :)

  14. 2:12 when you didn’t even think you could do it at all! amazing!

  15. WEEEEHEEEEE!!!!!!! still so proud of you. remember when 8 miles was your big feat? ;) psshhh, you’re a rockstar now.

  16. Kayla says:

    I freak out when I cant find my contacts regardless of what the day has in store, so I cant imagine what that’s like before a big run!! Major kudos to you, ma’am!! :D

  17. Congrats! Yay inspiration! I’d like to do this someday :)

  18. Yeahhhh, that is awesome Colleen! Congrats! Excellent time also :)

  19. Congratulations! That is sooo great!

  20. Suzanne says:

    Congrats and what a great time! I ran my first half last Saturday too!

  21. You’re absolutely a runner, duh. And an amazing one at that! Congrats! :)

  22. Congrats, runner! How exciting :)

  23. I already tweeted you but congrats!!! Such an amazing accomplishment :) Awesome time too girl!! You rock.

  24. Devan says:

    How did you train for your half marathon. I have one in May coming up… needless to say… i’m not very good at following a routine. Any tips?

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