This weekend is finally here! Nicole is coming up to Orlando tonight and we are waking up early Saturday morning for the 12th Annual Chick-fil-A Miracle Miles 15k!
We both have never done a 15k before, which is about 9.3 miles, so we thought it would be a good challenge! We both have completed Disney Half Marathons, so we know we can do it, but these long distances still give you a good challenge!

The race starts at the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Campus, and goes around a section of downtown Orlando. Looks like a fun course! Lots of pretty lakes to run by!
Race Map
The best part about the race is that it is sponsored by Chick-fil-A! You know what that means! Free chicken sandwiches for all!

I think that alone will motivate me to finish the race!
We woke up bright and early at 5:00am, to get ready for the race and pick up a little energy bar for breakfast. Here's Nicole and I posing with our Gatorade Prime drink, right before the race!
It's still dark!
The race went great, and it wasn't really that hot at all! It was a little muggy, because it was drizzling all morning, but towards the end of the race it was fine, because it was so cloudy!

My tummy was still bothering me from the week before, so I definitely didn't do as good as I wanted to, but I did finish in under 2 hours, which was my goal!
I did it!

I am so proud of myself for finishing this race! I wasn't feeling 100% for the whole run, but I definitely felt great crossing that finish line. Right when I turned that last corner, a great song came on that really motivated me! You might laugh when you hear what song it was, Daft Punk's One More Time! The lyrics were pushing me to cross that finish line and celebrate, "Music's got me feeling so free, We're gonna celebrate, Celebrate and dance so free, One more time!" There was even one part of the song that said, "You know, you don't stop, you can't stop," and it made me run stronger, and told me not to stop! The whole moment of coming up to the finish line, with a great song really pushing me and almost speaking right to me, gave me chills as I came up to the crowd cheering at the finish line!

 I realized then and there why I do these races. Of course the causes are a great motivator, in this case it was helping "tiny babies," or premature babies, which is a great cause! It is also that feeling of accomplishment you get, after training so hard everyday, to finally see those people cheering you on and hearing your name as you cross the finish line! For anyone who is looking for a challenge, who wants to help the community, or someone who just wants to start exercising, this is by far the most rewarding thing you can do! I encourage everyone to give it a shot, I guarantee you won't stop racing!

While Nicole and I were running, Brett and Jordan were getting to experience the street fair, where all the vendors set up and give out free samples of food and merchandise, and all that good stuff. Well, when I crossed the finish line, I was very surprised to see this:
I guess there was free face painting, and the boys decided to get their faces painted like cows!! I was cracking up! It was a great end to the race!

After the race, everyone was starving, so we decided to hit up our favorite breakfast cafe! Keke's!
Our metal was so cute! It showed the feet of a 14 oz. premi baby! Actual Size!
My breakfast! Carbs!
After breakfast, we all took naps of course! The rest of the day consisted of much needed girl time with me and Nicole, while the boys watched football and drank beer! Fun times!
Aunt Sandy
9/26/2010 10:40:46 am

Uncle Jack told me to tell you that he ran a 15K in approximately 50 minutes. We're so proud of you! Aunt Sandy

9/27/2010 02:04:09 am

Wow! That is incredible! Thanks! I'll have to ask Uncle Jack what his running tips are!!


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    Hi! My name is Jane and I am 24 years old, working in Marketing and Sales. I love to write, workout, and eat healthy, and look forward to sharing my thoughts, recipes, and wedding planning with others as I live a healthy and happy lifestyle each and every day!


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