The most important thing, first. How cute is this picture? I was so thrilled to give Clayton my medal post-marathon. He deserved it!
|Clayton and I. |
He's done with treatment and Cancer-free! Awesome!
Saturday evening was the Team in Training Inspiration Dinner. It was a very fun evening, and nice time to bond with my fellow teammates.
|My husband and I pre-Inspiration Dinner.|
Sunday morning I met up with my friends. Most of them were doing the 1/2 marathon, in preparation for our full marathon in Denver. We chatted, took pictures, and generally enjoyed the excitement of the event. We were all able to run together for the first 5 miles, before the 1/2 marathoners split. They continued on and kicked butt on their training run (with a medal at the end).
Here is where the race recaps get difficult for me. So many fun things happened.
* I received a phone call at mile 5 from my awesome friend, the Fair Weather Runner. She was busting a move in Chicago, and we enjoyed running "together" for a little bit. (Congrats on your run, my darling!)
* A little boy rode up to us on his bike, stared us down, and said, "I could beat you like this." We all agreed that yes, he could beat us.
* Lacy said hello to me, even though she was booking it on for a sub-3:20 marathon! She's awesome.
* I got to see my husband and our three daughters three times during the race. He is super-Dad!
* My friend Jennifer almost ran through the biggest road kill I've ever seen. Nasty.
* Running through Cowtown. What an awesome place!
* "Officially" meeting a Facebook friend/local runner. During the race. It was awesome and hilarious - I'm so happy she had people cheering with a sign that had her name on it, or I totally would have missed out on making the connection.
* "The Guy With the Cowbell" He was everywhere. We saw him no less than 8 times, and he was so encouraging and great every time. Even more awesome, I found out that he is the husband of my Facebook friend that I met on the course. Love it!
* Jumping. Lots and lots of jumping.
|Why? I don't know.|
|What can I say? Running gives me wings...|
The course was awesome. The spectators were awesome. I genuinely felt great the entire time. I felt like I completed the marathon wisely, given that Denver was on the horizon one week later. Official time was 4:36:32 - a PR by over 11 minutes. Not terrible. Average heart rate was still high (179 - down from 184 in Colorado Springs), but I'm just accepting that as part of my fate.
Post-race was a blast.
|So thankful for Michele.|
Best running buddy in the universe!
|Nickki, Dane Rauschenberg and I.|
We all enjoyed getting to know him - great guy.
(And, I am extremely short.)
About that race in Denver...I'm dedicating it to Rick. I was so saddened to hear of his death. He had been such a wonderful running blogger buddy, a constant source of support, and he was so excited for me and the training for my first marathons. I'm thankful to have connected with him, and I am wishing his family peace. He was such a great guy and friend to many.
Looking forward to bringing back lots of pictures and a great race report from Denver. Michele is running her second marathon, and my friends Eric, Desi, and Nickki are all on their very first. I have no doubts this weekend will be amazing.
Have a great weekend! Make sure to smile and be thankful for life.