Yep, my first half-marathon (13 miles) and yes it was great. This is Jan and I at the finish. Below is the guy who got me motivated back in May when I was complaining about being "out of shape". I signed up in that weak moment, Jan became my personal trainer and here we are in Leavenworth with 1000 other excited people awaiting the start. I was excited for it to be OVER--and couldn't understand the hype. At the end of this blog I'll share my "post-race" thoughts. Here we are before the race. This was Justin's 2nd marathon in 7 days! The other in Akron, Ohio. That's on his blog.
Justin attaching my number. Below Susie who is so excited--you can just see it in her! I wasn't sharing her glee at this point! I think there were 15 or so of us.
Coming into the finish line. Jan said, "Ok--give it your final kick!"--I said, "I have NO kick left", but with all the clapping--you do get something to look a bit more heroic as you cross the finish line. If they'd seen you at mile 11- well nothing too glamorous about all that sweat! We ran
quite a bit of it--really surprised us both. Not that Jan couldn't--she's an old pro, but that I could. I think I wanted it to be over with sooner! It was actually easier for me than walking fast. It was awfully neat to see Terry there!
Melissa (middle, white shirt) was a great organizer of this event for the 16 of us. She planned our KOA accomodations, snacks, coffee and encouragement--thanks, Melissa!
A massage at the end--wow, bliss! Terry , Jan and I (Gary wasn't able to come) had wonderful brats/kraut and German potato salad at the Gypsy in Leavenworth--highly recommended!
Leavenworth's October Fest is not the time to try to park downtown.
A Starbucks stop, then a beautiful trip back across HWY 2. the colors were AMAZING.
Thoughts about "marathoning"
*the hype?--well that's all about the finish line(good spiritual lesson here)!
*having a personal trainer and encourager (like Jan)--makes it happen! Thanks Jan!
*training and getting ready is NOT overrated!
*slow and steady sure does work.
*there are people on the road who are annoyed with you but you don't care and you're not even upset with them.
*you'd better not talk about it all the time now or you'll have no friends!