Second Half

National Half 2010

National Half, March 17,  2012, 2:07:30 (with Brendon)

This morning, after 4 + years, I ran my second half. The Hibiscus.
The participating Stroller Warriors®, met for dinner last night to kick off a little mom’s night off, hotel overnighter celebrating, and then met again in the wee hours of the morning for the 5:30 start time.

Poncho girls

These silly girls in their trash bag ponchos the night before.


hotel babes

Hotel crew. We did in fact turn off the tv and go to bed at 9pm. Unfortunately, I can’t say I got much sleep.

While I didn’t beat my old time, I came as close as I could’ve and owe Payge much gratitude for helping me through the longest last two miles. While the hill at mile two was steep, the hill at 11 was just plain painful and getting to the conservatively marked finish shoot seemed to take forever.

pre run photo

Stroller Warriors® pre-race.

Will I run another half? Absolutely! For me personally, I need to train all the way to 13 miles, which is the biggest difference in my training between the two halves and probably why I derailed a bit mentally at mile 11.

The run


Finished!!! Hibiscus Half, May 25, 2014, 2:08:02 (+32 seconds)

I’m so thankful for my hubby who watched the mongrels so I could stay downtown last night, cleaned the house before I arrived home and is currently making a Bostons pizza run as I type. I picked a good one!

Dinner by hubs

Vance made me a late lunch/early dinner before I headed downtown last night. This is how I was able to only eat salad for dinner.


We need options

Family photo

The boys have bugged me every time we’ve been to the zoo about doing the photo booth. This time I decided to go for it. Seriously?! I paid $5 for this?

This morning, for the training holiday, we had planned to try a new sitter. As my sister said, “We need options”. Sooo, we were all packed up ready to roll out, the boys were excited about the new sitter and 8am rolled around….crickets…no show…what is going on??!!! I did get in contact with the sitter to realize, I’ve had yet another Seinfeld moment: a.m./ p.m. confusion. Noooo!!!

lion pocket

Lacking pockets, Brendon improvised by using his waistband as a pocket for his lion and the zoo map.

We were all very disappointed. Brendon closed himself in his room and I heard him crying, “I hake (hate) everybody!! I just want the babysitter!” It was a real low in McNulty family history. I won’t tell you the other comments made by Señor McNulty.

Map reader

Finding our way to the meerkats.

There was no way I could convince them of our other possible event, a birthday party. This family needed something big to recover. THE ZOO!!!


We saw some animals we’ve never seen before and generally had a great time cruising the zoo with very little foot traffic. As we were leaving, Brendon announced, “This turned out to be a wonderful family day after all!” It was just what we needed.

McNulty meerkats

The McNulty meerkats.

And not only that, we found the start and finish of the half I’m running on Sunday! More on that coming soon…

Monkey bars

Although not showcased in this photo. Brendon was able to make it halfway across the bars, unassisted. He was so proud and even more excited that we saw him do it. John made it all the way across, assisted and kept his pants dry the entire morning; an even more challenging feat for a two year old.