St. Jude Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon

This past weekend, I ran as a St. Jude Hero in the Rock N Roll Marathon. St. Jude heroes are those athletes who are dedicate to raising funds for St. Jude Hospital. It was no accident that this run was on the same weekend as the anniversary of the loss of mynephew, so I knew I wanted to run in his honor as well as help raise funds so no family would have to go through what we have. I was asked to talk on behalf of St Jude, so before the race I got to share very briefly about the program for all the runners to hear. Also, thanks to so many generous donations I exceeded my goal and got the top fundraiser! I highly recommend this program as St. Jude is great to work with and running for a good cause doesn’t make running nearly as hard.

Now onto the race…. The weather was much colder than it has been and it was 39 and very windy at the start of the race. Once again, I didn’t train for the half. You think I would have learned my lesson by now and I will say this was the worst I have felt during a run. They switched up the course from last year and well, let’s just say I can now vouch that there are hills in Dallas. By mile 6 I was hurting. I had a friend to run with, but at mile 9 I told her to go ahead. Physically I felt great, but it’s my legs that can’t handle it. The pain had already started before the race and between my glutes and knees, I had to walk (and I had to stop for a potty break). I ran the last mile, but I was struggling to cross the finish line. It’s crazy to me that I can run a half-marathon by myself in the neighborhood with no problems, and then months later, alongside thousands of others, it be so difficult.

Regardless, thinking of my nephew got me through and I knew I wanted to finish strong for him. As he is in all my races, Colby was a trooper and was with me at the beginning of the race, came to cheer us on at mile 3 (and take my jacket) and he was waiting for me at the finish line.

Another plus? Colby and I had a staycation all weekend and got to stay at the location of the race. We had never done this before and we had a great time. It was super helpful to wake up and take an elevator down for the start line. We were thankful to not have to worry about traffic or parking and to have a weekend away.

Staycation Date Night

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On Stage sharing about the St Jude Hero Program

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Mile 3

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Our after party!St Jude Rock N Roll Half Marathon

Headband c/o BB Arrow

If you want to see other races I have done you can see them below (only sharing half-marathons, triathlons, and Head for the Cure races)

Do you want to become a St. Jude heroes? Look for an event in your area!

PS. Head over to instagram to win this mug!

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  • Neely Moldovan
    Posted at 07:05h, 23 March Reply

    That mug is amazing! So glad you had such a great experience!

  • Greta
    Posted at 08:22h, 23 March Reply

    Congrats on accomplishing your goal! That’s amazing!

  • Jessica Bradshaw
    Posted at 08:43h, 23 March Reply

    So cute!! I really wanted to run in this, but my ankle injury kept me from training. It looks like everyone had such a great time. 🙂

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:20h, 23 March Reply

    Oh man, I hate those moments when it gets tough. I’m sure your legs were struggling a little only because you’re just coming out of the tri… you just are unstoppable & your body is trying to keep up 🙂
    Love your St Jude tank!
    Congrats!!!!! & applauding you for money raised for such an amazing cause

  • Alanna @ Alanna & Company
    Posted at 09:25h, 23 March Reply

    Great job! What an awesome experience

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 10:11h, 23 March Reply

    You are a real HERO Caroline, and I’m sorry to hear this was not your best run but so glad you pushed through to the end with Kai in your mind, I’m sure he was cheering for you the whole way!!

  • Kristin
    Posted at 16:09h, 23 March Reply

    So sweet that you ran for your nephew… Congrats on FINISHING!

  • Dani CC
    Posted at 16:46h, 23 March Reply

    GET IT GIRL! this is so exciting!

  • Susannah
    Posted at 16:56h, 23 March Reply

    Woohoo! Good for you, girl! I’m really, really impressed!

  • Brittany
    Posted at 17:16h, 23 March Reply

    Congrats on getting top fundraiser! Such a great experience!

  • Beth @ Paces and Places
    Posted at 06:22h, 24 March Reply

    What a fun weekend! And staying in that geogrous hotel near the start?! Awesome!

    Posted at 07:04h, 24 March Reply

    i am so proud of you!! good for your for reaching that goal and running in honor of him. one of the best marathon reasons right there!

  • Chelsea
    Posted at 08:05h, 24 March Reply

    WOW! So proud of you!!! I can’t believe that you barely trained for this. And 39 degrees….YIKES!!! Congrats. What an accomplishment!

  • Dia Darling
    Posted at 09:51h, 24 March Reply

    Love the mug and it’s so great you did the run in his memory. St. jude does amazing work. Much love to your family.

  • Kim
    Posted at 15:05h, 24 March Reply

    Visiting from Shine blog hop. I think that is awesome! What a great cause and congrats on getting top fundraiser!! I think I’ll stick to 10k’s though, not sure I’m up for a half!!

  • Lisamarie
    Posted at 15:35h, 24 March Reply

    You are the most beautiful half marathon runner ever! And I really would have just enjoyed the after party since I’m not a runner. =) What a fun day!

  • Maria
    Posted at 19:44h, 24 March Reply

    Congratulations on finishing! My husband is a big runner and has done his fair share of half marathons and marathons. I admire your stamina and determination (as I do his). And what a lovely way to have a staycation! My husband and I always do that as well and it’s very convenient! Thanks so much for sharing your experience on #shinebloghop this week, Caroline! Hope you’re not too sore from your run!

  • Kerry
    Posted at 22:04h, 24 March Reply

    Nice job completing it! That’s a heck of a run! You make it look good too 😉 love the headband.

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 08:06h, 25 March Reply

    Congrats on pushing through and finishing the race! St. Jude is a great cause to run for.

  • Daniela Vaughan
    Posted at 19:38h, 25 March Reply

    Good for you!! I am running my first half marathon in January!! You should be so proud of yourself and what a great cause!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 06:00h, 28 March Reply

    Those medals are awesome! Way to go, Caroline! I’m glad you were able to raise a lot of money and speak about your nephew.

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