Monday, October 08, 2012
THANK YOU! Your support has meant a lot to me. I know that I could have done the marathon without any help but let me tell you, it is wonderful to have the support of others. A special shout out to my husband who listened to me, road his bike along behind me on long runs, looked out for me nutrition/health wise and overall believed in me so that I could reach my goal of finishing a marathon. I love you!!
The marathon does not "start" on the race day. It starts when you begin to train. For me, the race itself was a culmination of months of running and getting my body ready. Honestly, the training was harder than the marathon. Yes, I am a little sore in places today but the cheering crowds, the wonderful signs that people made, running with so many people and the sheer exhilaration of the enormity of the marathon itself, beats the "day in day out mileage" that I have been cranking out to train for this one event. I put in the time to train and it paid out. I finished 26.2 plus a bit more. I will write more musings as I have time. Each one of us have an unique experience and I do want to share with you some things from the weekend. It really was a good time :)
This is Karen aka RUNNERKDB on Sparkpeople at the expo. We had arranged a meetup on Saturday. It was the first time that either of us had met face to face another Sparker :)
This picture is my husband meeting me at mile 17 with my dog.
This is one of my sons at mile 17 again with one of 6 signs he and his girlfriend made for me.
I ran near another woman for most of the race and her name was Heidi too :) When people called out, "Heidi" we both would look to see who it was. This was at mile 11 where my family first saw me - you can see her looking over to see who is calling her.
This is a race finish picture that was taken about a half hour after finishing up. I met the family and they wanted a medal one. The official finish was 4:40:05