Melissa runs her first ever Half-Marathon – The La Jolla Half-Marathon

img_3055On Sunday, April 26th Melissa ran in her first ever half-marathon. It was the La Jolla Half Marathon and 5K. Kevin and I participated in the 5K. The months and weeks leading up to the marathon were very busy ones for Melissa as she is a 4th grade teacher, is taking extended classroom training, organizing the 4th grade trip to Sacramento, coordinating the San Juan Capistrano field trip and is very involved in church ministries. There are not enough hours in the day for Melissa to do what she does much less train for a marathon. Training time came at a premium so there wasn’t as much training as she would have liked. Before Sundays race she had only run about 5 miles straight before. One good thing though, her neighborhood is very hilly so she was running on hills in those 5 miles that she would run. Well, the half-marathon was 13 miles. Melissa said that she was good for the first 7 or so miles and then she started to hit her wall. The La Jolla Half-Marathon is know as one of the more difficult as it has some very steep hills. About mile 9 she wasn’t sure if she was going to make it but she pushed on through and kept going. Kevin and I were waiting for her at the finish line. I was so excited when Kevin told me that he had spotted her nearing the finish gate. We are so proud of her for finishing and hanging in there. She’s not certain if she’ll try another but I know she felt accomplishment at the fact that she stuck with it and finished. Now she has a neat medal, t-shirt, pictures and memories to keep with her! ….Note…. in the background of this pictures you can actually see some of the course that she ran that was hilly.

MELISSA CROSSING THE FINISH LINE

MELISSA CROSSING THE FINISH LINE

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About Moqqi

I was born in the Midwest but I have actually lived more of my life on the West Coast. I am looking forward to that day when I once again am living in the Midwest. Hopefully that will mean that I am retired and getting to live life at a bit of a slower pace! I've been married to the same guy for 36 years! We met when he was working for a semi-pro hockey team and I was selling tickets to the games. He also played hockey at an amateur and college level and I think I fell instantly in love when we went ice skating together and he saved me from crashing when someone behind me fell (I was skating backwards, he was skating forward, so we were facing each other.) and he reached out with his big, strong arms and grabbed both of my upper arms and just stopped me dead in my tracks to make sure I didn't fall over the person. My Hercules! I have two children, a son and a daughter. My son is an Registered Nurse and works in an ICU. He is married to a wonderful girl that I couldn't have hand picked better. They have produced the absolute, most cute and adorable Grandchildren that anyone could ask for! My daughter is now a Fifth Grade teacher. She has a joy and passion for teaching and loving her students that is not seen in many teachers these days. She truly found her calling. I have this blog because I thought it would be nice to have a place that I could share what is going on in our lives and I also just love to tell stories. I'm not a writer per se, but I do love a good story. Even if it's just a short little quip!
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