Mckinney Mini Half Marathon

Two weeks ago Colby and I were signed up to run a half-marathon but due to a monsoon that came through Dallas the race got canceled. I ended up running the 13.1 by myself through the neighborhood, but since it wasn’t quite the same as running an official race I looked online and signed up for another half-marathon that took place this past Saturday.

This was was called the Mckinney Mini and was hosted by the Frisco Running Company. My only training for the race was running the half a few weeks prior. Due to an injury, I wasn’t able to train for that one either, but I knew once I got out there, I would take it slow and do whatever it took to cross the finish line.

Besides a few sprinkles at the beginning, the weather was pretty good. While running, I was reminded and amazed at how many volunteers and police offices are needed to put on any race. I was happy to have lots of options for water stations (unlike when I ran two weeks ago and had no water the whole time) and fun cheerleaders and support along the way because it truly does make a difference. There was even a sign I could totally relate to as it said, “I am never running again —-> oh wait, look there is another race”. That is totally me. I don’t consider myself a runner and running 13 miles is by no means easy for me, but since I know my body is capable I try to overcome the mental part of it all and you better believe that during the races I tell myself I am never going to do another.. until hours later when I am searching for the next one to sign up for.

Besides the half I did on my own, which was unofficial, this was my fastest time and the first half I did with no walking! I am not sure what is next on the calendar, but I think I will try to recover from my injury for now and check out to see what the Frisco Running Club will off next year. 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)

Mckinney Mini Half Marathon

I was provided complimentary race entry as compensation for this blog post. As always, all opinions are my own and I have given honest feedback on the race and course.

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44 Comments
  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 08:40h, 11 November Reply

    You are so awesome!!! Look at you running 13.1 so close to each other… you are amazing!
    It really does take so much to do a good race. I love volunteering just because I’ve enjoyed the work of volunteers myself – great to see both sides of it.

  • Belinda
    Posted at 09:38h, 11 November Reply

    Great job Caroline! Always fun to run a race and cross that finish line, but extra special knowing it’s a PR. Congrats!

  • beckyginther
    Posted at 10:26h, 11 November Reply

    Congrats on your fastest time! I don’t always love running, but races are addicting 😉

  • theclutterboxblog
    Posted at 10:38h, 11 November Reply

    Congrats on your race!! That is so exciting! I use to run races a ton in my old city and if I wasn’t running I was volunteering at the water stations! The environment is so awesome at races!

  • Erica Mackenzie
    Posted at 10:58h, 11 November Reply

    That’s awesome! I have a 13.1 this weekend that I am not trained for. I was going to drop down to the 8k, but decided a few days ago to do it anyways and see what happens…I’ll probably walk a LOT. This gave me some more motivation that I can get it done! Congrats…and thanks!

  • dawnshivers
    Posted at 11:00h, 11 November Reply

    I ran my first half by myself too. I still felt the accomplishment of it although it wasn’t an official race. I haven’t been able to run distance in a while because of pregnancy issues. I miss it. Congrats!

    Lauren, RunHoly.com

  • Amie
    Posted at 11:13h, 11 November Reply

    You are amazing!! Congrats on your fastest time. I love the determination you have.

  • Brianna George
    Posted at 11:21h, 11 November Reply

    YOU GO GIRL!!! I am struggling finding time to get back into running. I miss it. I keep telling myself soon…but it isn’t coming…ack. BUT I think your post is giving me the motivation to get moving again…

  • Deborah
    Posted at 11:39h, 11 November Reply

    Caroline–you are awesome! What a motivated heart you have–running by yourself? I don’t know if I’d do that, but why not? You go girl!

  • Paige Allison (@anuncomplife)
    Posted at 11:46h, 11 November Reply

    Good for you! Half marathons are my FAVORITE races – just far enough to be an amazing accomplishment, not far enough to really “kill” you like a full marathon. Check out the Dallas Run Project (runproject.org) for other super fun races in and around Dallas, and Team Orthro Foundation has a great series of races over in Ft Worth. Maybe I’ll see you at one this spring! Gotta have this baby first, then I’m so looking forward to getting back into road races. They’re such a blast!

  • Heather
    Posted at 11:53h, 11 November Reply

    This is encouraging, I’m not much of a runner but I have set goals and met them for running on my treadmill recently! Who knows maybe I’ll run a half marathon some day! ?
    God is GREAT!
    -Heather

  • Marissa
    Posted at 12:35h, 11 November Reply

    Way to Go! I always have loved running, and can’t wait to get back to races. The joy of running against myself, and proving my body is strong enough to do more is amazing. Thank you for sharing!

    Marissa

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 12:37h, 11 November Reply

    Way to go!! I am hoping to start training for my very first 5 k next fall… I need to lose some more weight before my knee will be up to it, but I’m excited about the possibility!

  • Linh {A Beautiful RAWR}
    Posted at 13:56h, 11 November Reply

    Awesome job! I’m not a runner either, but somehow managed to do a few half marathons and a full one a yr before I get pregnant with my 1st baby. Seriously – it was such a mental game – but I was so happy I finished! Congrats!
    -Linh

  • Helen
    Posted at 14:00h, 11 November Reply

    I started running just over a year ago, and have continued with varying degrees of success! I’m wanting to run a half marathon too…maybe next spring!

  • Coupon Diva (@RealCouponDiva)
    Posted at 14:16h, 11 November Reply

    congratulations for doing it – good for you! 😀

  • The Nueva Latina
    Posted at 14:27h, 11 November Reply

    How fun!! I am training for my first half right now! I am running the Rock’n’Roll Half in San Antonio on Dec. 6 so I have a little less than a month until the race. I am super excited! And I agree. I love to workout and am a Zumba instructor but I am in no way a long distance runner. It’s all mental and it just feels good to know I was able to run a certain distance and time. Great post!

  • Lisa (@AmateurNester)
    Posted at 15:17h, 11 November Reply

    Awesome, girl!

  • Samantha
    Posted at 15:27h, 11 November Reply

    That’s so cool – it’s on my bucket list to run a marathon. I used to watch Iron Man triath-alons when I was little, but lately I haven’t had the time to look into training for one!! School has kind of taken over…

    Great accomplishment though!!

  • Becky
    Posted at 16:38h, 11 November Reply

    Woooo! Proud of you Caroline, way to go! 🙂

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 16:43h, 11 November Reply

    I am so glad you finally got your first official half! Love the post picture. You are glowing with pride!

  • Karin Rambo
    Posted at 16:53h, 11 November Reply

    Great job! I really want to get back into running and you just motivated me!

  • tiffanyatouchofgrace
    Posted at 17:50h, 11 November Reply

    Good for you for continuing to push yourself! I did my 1 half and that was good for me, haha!

  • Allison Jones
    Posted at 19:04h, 11 November Reply

    Congratulations!!! Awesome job for going above and beyond.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

  • Danielle DeVane Wells
    Posted at 19:59h, 11 November Reply

    Aw! I’m sorry about your injury! 🙁 I do hope you get back in the game! I’m not a runner so I have great respect for those who do run!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 20:16h, 11 November Reply

    Great job! I admire anyone who runs! I used to run in high school but those days are long gone!

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 20:24h, 11 November Reply

    Congratulations!!! I always admire your runs.

  • Denise
    Posted at 20:28h, 11 November Reply

    Congratulations on your running accomplishment! You are such an inspiration! Great job!

  • Brandi Davis (@PenguinsinPink)
    Posted at 21:12h, 11 November Reply

    Yay! Congratulations on your race! Way to go getting your fastest time too. I’m not a runner. I’m still working on running a 5k.

  • Britany @definefettle
    Posted at 21:18h, 11 November Reply

    If you run, you are a runner… so you my dear lady should start proudly calling yourself A RUNNER. Congrats on the races, they are the most addicting:)

  • Marie
    Posted at 21:18h, 11 November Reply

    Congrats! That is so great!

  • Branson
    Posted at 22:51h, 11 November Reply

    You are amazing! So proud of you for sticking to your goal when it didn’t go as planned the first time around!

  • Nance Biswas: Leaning on Jesus
    Posted at 01:45h, 12 November Reply

    Glad to hear that your first attempt led you to try another! 🙂

  • Melanie
    Posted at 04:00h, 12 November Reply

    Congratulations! I am not a runner, but I know how much effort and training it takes to prepare for a race.

  • Beka
    Posted at 06:49h, 12 November Reply

    If you run 13.1 then girl, YOU ARE A RUNNER!

    What injury do you have right now? You know a really great race? The Wichita Prairie Fire! It is in the Spring and Fall so you should just sign up for one of those. Maybe Amanda (The Lady Okie) could do it too and we could have a blogger running club!

    However, Dave and I probably need to know where we are living before we sign up for races.

  • Anna - Southern Breeze Collections
    Posted at 09:38h, 12 November Reply

    Great job! I am not a runner & have no desire to be lol. I just haven’t ever found that “passion” that runners seem to have. I have the upmost respect for you though 🙂 Great job and good luck with your next race!

  • Jessica
    Posted at 10:25h, 12 November Reply

    Great work! My husband is the runner in our family…I will gladly be at the end of the race waiting for him!

  • Lisamarie
    Posted at 13:26h, 12 November Reply

    Good job! You look great! I am not a runner and three miles on a treadmill is my max so I very much admire what you did!

  • Abeer
    Posted at 13:36h, 12 November Reply

    WOW! That’s impressive. I am so scared to participate in these marathons coz i would be panting and be the last one coming through the finish line :S

  • Jonathan Key
    Posted at 16:48h, 12 November Reply

    Wow that’s really fantastic! Congrats on your best time ever! We did a 5k a while back with our two little ones in tow. Needless to say it was an adventure. I do agree it can be addicting particularly if you’re doing it for a great cause.

  • Tara
    Posted at 17:50h, 12 November Reply

    Good work and congratulations! You are an inspiration to others!

  • Susannah
    Posted at 23:08h, 12 November Reply

    Good for you, girlie!!!! I am not a runner AT ALL!

  • elleseesyou
    Posted at 07:29h, 13 November Reply

    that is so wonderful for your race!! hope you are recooping from your injury.

  • miragonz
    Posted at 09:40h, 20 November Reply

    How exciting and what a great accomplishment! Good for you!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Fitness Friday last week, hope to see you back today.

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