Joplin Memorial Half {2016}

It was the race I wasn’t supposed to run.
After last years JMR I swore off running it again in 2016. I said “I was done running long distances” I really should learn to keep my mouth shut. I am pretty sure I will never be done running long distances, I just can’t seem to quit.

So I signed up on New Years Eve and ended up training about half as much as I normally would to run a race. With about 10 days until the race and a sponsored entry Russ joined the fun too. Boy was I SO glad that I had already signed up to do the race this year and would now be running Russ’ first half with him. 

It started the same way it does every year. 

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Selfies

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Stretching

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And 161 balloons released followed by 161 seconds of silence for the 161 lives lost on May 22nd, 2011. Every year I stand there and think of just how beautiful this moment is. This truly is a day to run & remember.

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Think of this photo as a game of Where’s Waldo and see if you can find us :). 

Before I knew it, we were off! I think it went something like this. run, run, run, run RUN! The course for 2016 was a brand new and oh goodness was it the best JMR course so far. It was fantastic. It wasn’t “flat as a pancake” but it was the perfect course through Joplin and followed roads that I run on a usual basis. I felt pretty at home on the course. 

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Through the heart of down town.

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Smiling for the cameras.

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And we even held hands for a minute walking up this hill.
Sneaky Anna caught a photo and I am so glad she did.

The weather was perfect, the hydration stations were incredible, my feet were EXHAUSTED and Anna endured what we will forever call “The epic side cramp of 2016” but we did it, we finished.

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2:17:57

JMRO 8
2:18:02

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I couldn’t possibly be any happier with our results and this guy for running it with pretty much no training. I set out just wanting to finish the race and put up a pretty respectable time for me. Russ was a little disheartened to have lost to me by 5 seconds, but then he gloated that he ran his first half faster than I ran mine. 

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So thankful to have had this experience with two of my favorite people EVER!

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And to have yet another race in the books with this lady. They are getting almost to many to number now.

So that leaves me with the question I always am thinking about this time of the year.
What next?

For the very first times I’m not quite sure how to answer that.
But I am pretty sure I can say one thing…
It will likely involve running 

See you next year Joplin Memorial Run!

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  • Jessica

    Way to go!! The pictures are awesome to document the race. I love that balloons are let go to represent all of the people lost and the moment of silence. Such a great memorial.

    • That moment gets me every single year. I just love that they do that. On that note when I ran the OKC memorial run it was even more emotional. Gives me chills just thinking about it.

  • Supergirl!!! I love that first pic of your both— the expressions are priceless… I go to food truck festivals on weekends and you go to marathons!!

    • I am pretty sure you win friend. Although the food at the end of the races can be pretty food truck like AND tasty too.

  • Cat @ MaryMarthaMama.com

    Awesome job! And your holding hands on the hill is too cute.

  • Great job! I did spot you in the group picture. The bright green helped – since hardly anyone else wore it!

    • That is EXACTLY how I found all of our photos. Thanks Russ!

  • You guys are champs! Way to go!!

  • You’re awesome, my friend! XOXO

  • Meghan Flinn

    Wow I knew you ran but didn’t know you’ve done half marathons! And your husband ran it without training! My gosh you guys rock!!!

    • Thanks friend. I did my first one 2 years ago when I was 30 now this was #5 Someday I am going to attempt a full.

  • So much fun! We run about the same pace, after watching Marissa we could run a race together, although I would have to train to run slightly faster…I can do it! 🙂

    • Deal! In a shorter run I’ll run faster. My fastest 5K was just under 25:00 BUT if it is distance give me 10-10:30 minute miles. I don’t have much desire to run any faster if I am going that far.

      • Agreed, I am a 10:30-11 minute gal myself, so I could work my way up to 30 seconds faster. If I was with someone I probably would go faster, but I was by myself and knew no one on the run when I did it/trained. I’ve only done 1 5K race and I had the double bob with both kids in it…eeek! I think I did it in 35 mintues? haha.

        • That is awesome for pushing two kids! I don’t think I could run a mile that way, lol. Having someone with you is a serious motivator and a good distraction. I’d never run anything over 4 well by myself

  • See you next year JMH? Does that mean you’ve committed? If so, that means you are truly a lover of the run because you just said you were done with long distances. But regardless, I’m so proud of you, Russ and Anna.

    • I said I should face the facts even though I SAY I’m done, I never will be…. well until I’m super old and just can’t. I wonder if they’ll let me use a walker :D! Thanks friend.

  • Whitney Jordan

    Way to go!! What a great way to remember those lives lost in your town. Glad you could have some fun running buddies.

    • Thanks Whitney! We had so much fun and it is such a great reason to run too.