I Finished – The Race Recap

Sunday morning I “officially” became a half marathoner!
Just typing the words now, brings tears to my eyes.
Thinking about all the hard work, injuries, setbacks & health scares along the way…
makes me a bit emotional

I started this journey because of 1 person –
her name is Melissa!

I met her while blog surfing over a yr ago.
Once we realized we had (Michigan) ties, we were destined to meet up.
I suggested a 10k run while I would be in town and she insisted on a half.
Some how she talked me into it…
When run time grew closer…M got hurt.
It felt like someone ripped my heart out.
Ask my husband.
I was certain I couldn’t run it alone.
She gave me the tools, she inspired me, motivated me and above all…

I ended up running my 1st half on a early Sunday morning in Trinidad.
No cheering crowd, no GU stops, no medal…
Just a hot sun and my adorable and super supportive husband.
I finished under 2 hours.
I was proud, but doing it without the whole pomp and circumstance wasn’t as  much fun.

So, I signed up for the Women’s Half Marathon Nashville in September.
Little did I know, that in late May, I would jump into a pool and suffer a traumatic foot injury.
I was devastated.
No running for at least 2.5 months.

The day the air cast came off, I was hit with another blow.
That tiredness I was feeling was Type 1 diabetes
It was official all right, my Summer sucked.
I ended up running the 5k in Nashville and planned on the half in St Petes…

Melissa came to Florida to run with me and boy, did we have a good time.
We danced, we drank, we laughed and then Sunday came and we ran!
I woke up at 5:45am and soon found out that DEX (my continuous glucose monitor) wouldn’t turn on.
Not a great start to my race day.
So, that meant I had to take all of my manual testing supplies on the run.
what a pain
I wasn’t going to let that upset my run!
I taped my foot and sported my new compression socks – which I loved by the way.
The race was awesome.
It was flat and scenic and fun!
We ran by the ocean and we even ran inside Tropicana Field.
so cool
My foot didn’t start hurting until mile 8.
I tested my sugar 3 times along the race with M’s help.
When it was all over our time with stops was 2 hours  7 min.

I’m SO buying this picture!

Overall, the Lady Speed Stick Women’s Half Marathon was amazing!
It was well organized and had a ton of water/Gatorade/GU stops.
I highly suggest running this race next year!

What’s the coolest race you have ever ran in before?



  1. says

    What a journey! What a friend Melissa is! What an incredible race picture (definitely buy that baby)! 😀 Loved the recap and wanted to say WELL DONE, Corey! Thanks for sharing your journey! 😀

    • says

      Hi Bonnie! Thanks girl! It was such an incredible feeling- that is for sure! Thanks for all the motivation along the way and love from Canada!!

  2. says

    Congratulations, rockstar!!! I hope you realize how amazing you are–I am so impressed with how well you handled all of the diabetes BS. You have to be one of the most positive people on the planet! So proud of you!!

  3. says

    I’m so happy you had a great race! I was cheering for you all morning and hoping everything was going well. Definitely buy that picture – it’s so worth it!

  4. Joe_h says

    thought you were crazy to do this on a bangd up foot. but very glad you were able to finish and that picture is AWESOME! congratulations on a great time now rest up and let that foot mend up. if I may ask how were your sugars for the run?

    • says

      Started with a 175, tested at mile 5 – 145 tested after a killer Pier run in a strong headwind and knew my sugar was falling – 80 so took two glucose gels and tested again at mile 10.5 – 110 – Felt tired and cold and finished strong – was amazing!

  5. says

    Way to go COREY!!! Glad that you did your Half and it went well, after all the set backs….you must be feeling pretty darn good :) You must get your race picture!!

    Have a good rest of the week!


  6. says

    I love this! How cool y’all ran together. Way to go overcoming those obstacles and finishing! With a great time too. My favorite race to date by far was OBX marathon!

  7. Deb says

    Wow – what an awesome story! So much to overcome and still run a half. I have no excuses and still haven’t done it. I convince myself that it’s something I want to do, then go out for a run and around mile 5 I think – Whaaaa – do I seriously think I can go 13??? ha ha Maybe one day with some good training and running buddy like you two!

    Love the picture. A must buy. (Um, did they spell your name wrong?) :-O

    My most fun run – every run is fun. B.U.T. – I guess if I had to choose, I’d say The World’s Best 10K in Puerto Rico (2011). It’s the longest organized run I’ve ever done.

    So glad I found your blog!

    • says

      Thanks. I never thought I could either but Melissa told me just “work the plan” and it worked. I truely believe in the SMARTCOACH plan on Running World. Thanks – glad u found my blog too! Happy Thanskgiving!