We Ran a Half Marathon

By Molly Bice-Jackson - 4:00 AM

Train time: 12 weeks
Training mileage: 202 miles
Wake time: 3 a.m.
Drive time: 45 min.
Wait time: 1.5 hours
Run time: 1 hour 53 min.
Good time: Had by all


Thank you, to Vic, for being a good sport and indulging me with my birthday wish. I told him I wanted to run a half marathon together, and that's what I got. 


You can't see it in the photos, but on the backs of our shirts it said "Running in Honor of LUCY."


We ran at a significantly faster pace than most of our training runs. The fact that it was mostly downhill helped. And the lower elevation helped (a little). But more than anything, Vic really helped to push me. I was so thankful for that. It surprised me because he kept saying that he didn't really care about our time...he just wanted to run it. But he is the one that kept up with 2:00 pacers (the runners designated to hold a sign the whole time indicating that if we kept up with them we would finish in 2 hours.)


Luckily, we run at the same pace and stayed together pretty much the whole time. (Give or take a few yards)



I knew that my friend and former roommate, Amy Robinson, was running the race with her husband (for their anniversary) but I didn't think I'd actually get to run a few miles with her and catch up on life. It was such a treat!

We held pinkies and sprinted to the finish.(You can see Amy's husband, Steve, right behind us in the white shirt. They met while I was her roommate in our singles ward.) It was a great feeling! I was exhausted and sore (MAN...all that downhill really does a number on your quads), but I was so thrilled to have set a new personal record and to have trained and done something like this with my husband. (And have my good friend and her husband finish with us, essentially...and unplanned!, was an extra bonus.)

Vic got to wear a pink bib because he is a "cancer survivor". Whoops. We must have checked that box when we registered for the race and I think it was because he had that bout with melanoma. It really wasn't a big deal (the melanoma)--but...it kind of was. He didn't have to go through any sorts of treatments. They just took a giant chunk out of his shoulder and told us he has to do a full body scan every year. We felt a little guilty that he was wearing the pink "cancer bib" because on-lookers would cheer extra loud for him. Oh, well. We just pretended they were cheering us on as "grief survivors" instead of cancer survivors.

The last half mile was tough. I was exhausted and didn't want to run as fast as Vic was going. That's when he grabbed my pinky and said, "You can do it!" I have to say, even though we ran it "for Lucy", it was my other 2 living children who I thought of that last mile when I wanted to slow down. I thought of how dealing with my grief and loss and pain in a healthy way has (and can) bless their lives. I thought of their individual struggles and personalities. I thought of how Lucy is watching over our family and cheering us to the end. I thought of the challenges Peter will face as he grows up in this world and what I want to do to be a more dedicated and involved mother. I thought of the physical challenges Zoë is dealing with (we went to Primary Children's yesterday...more on this later) and how all of my energy is focused on her growth and progress right now. I thought of the great team my husband and I make. I thought of all of you cheering us on. I thought of all of humanity cheering each other on in our individual struggles.

So, as much as it was "for Lucy", I almost think "because of Lucy" is a more appropriate term. I carry on because of her. I don't give up because of her. Because of what her life and death has taught me. I want to be a present, involved mother because of her. Because I know it can all change in an instant. I know God is ultimately in charge. I know I am just here to serve because that is exactly what you did for me when she died and it was the pinnacle of human performance. It's why we are here. 

All in all it was a great day. A great experience. 

And now I have to go get ready for the Ragnar I'm running in 2 days.

Because of Lucy. 

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  1. So fun! You guys did awesome!

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  2. I LOVE this. I don't comment often, but I work for the foundation that puts on the AF Half. It really was a success and 100% of the proceeds {over $200,000} goes to support cancer services here in Utah. Thank you so much for participating!

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  3. This post gave me chills. So many of the same feelings and so relatable! Wasn't it an incredible course?? You are both amazing and I'm sorry I missed you at the race! Dinner soon mmmkay?

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  4. Oh my goodness, what a post. Congratulations on the run, and how far you've come. You are such an inspiration. I love the way you write about your kids & your journey :)

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  5. I'm glad you look at life that way...because of her. My niece and nephew lost their little Makenzie when she was only 5 months old. It is amazing beyond belief what those two young people have been able to accomplish because of their daughter...hours and hours of time spent fund raising for research to help find a cure for SMA/SMARD, which took their daughter's life. You mothers who have lost such a precious part of your lives are my heros...you keep going, you keep fighting, you keep doing good, you keep going even when you can't breathe because of your loss. So glad you ran for and because of your Lucy. She must be very proud of her parents and is rooting them on to keep doing amazing, fun, great things. You amaze me!! You help me to want to become a better person!!

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  6. Way to goooo ~ congrats to you guys!!

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  7. Well once again you have me in tears! You are such a great writer and let me as your reader into your heart. I am so thankful you were able to finish in such an amazing time with your husband (you two are a GREAT team) and I love your thought "because of Lucy" :) go team JACKSON! :)

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  8. Yay Molly and Vic! I haven't read blogs in a while, so I just "caught up" with you (your blog). That is really awesome that you both ran it together. I got bit by the running bug myself with you in Park City...4 years ago...can you believe it has been that long? I know it was a blessing of heaven for us to be crazy and sign up for that provo half and train in 8 weeks. I am glad that we did it.
    Good for you guys for training (sooooo hard to both train with kiddos--we are doing that right now...pushing joggers on long runs is tough stuff) and for conquering it under 2 hours!!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS!

    Even though we don't get to run together, I think of you often. Love you Molly!

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