Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Still wish there were Creamies waiting at the end, but...

It's hard for me to believe that I have completed a marathon, although the entire lower half of my body did a good job of reminding me any time I even looked at a stair the past few days. Less than 2 years ago I was running/limping a 5k with my mother in law, Jon dragging me to the finish line as I cursed every awful step. The only thing that was the same this time was that Jon's mom still beat me. In all my training I never really hit the proverbial "wall" on a long run, but at around mile 24 we became intimately acquainted. I felt like I was going to throw up, collapse, and start crying as I warbled to Jon, "I know it's just 2 miles away but I just... just... need to walk." After that passed we were able to run to the end (4:39:50) feeling good. I'm pretty proud that we didn't stop to walk for over 23 miles. And grateful that Jon slowed down and ran the whole thing with me.

Running in Seattle was beautiful and there was even a bald eagle perched off the course, but the end left a little to be desired, refreshment and recovery wise. I guess I was spoiled in Ogden, but the hot concrete and dried up bagels were not what I was looking for, and it was ironic that after 5 hours of drinking sugary weird Cytomax the only other non water option was iced tea, which I don't drink. But, I'm nitpicking here.

If you're really interested you can go to the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll website and look up my name to watch a webcast of our finish. But if you don't, I'll sum it up for you. We're happy and holding hands, smiling... smiling... Finish! The smile is wiped off my face and I slowly slump away.


yousaidifferent said...

when i read your post i want to do the following:
buy new running shoes
eat a donut
drink some water
take a nap
get a tan
and see mama hall

congrats on your domination

Tyler and Megan said...

I wish I was as awesome as you. I also wish Tyler didn't look at me like I was a crazy every time I suggested we exercise. Oh well...maybe someday I will actually be ready and trained for my 1/2. : ) Congrats. You guys are rad.

Katie said...

So, I have been trying to get Joe to do a 1/2 with me, but the truth is, if we ever get to be as cool as Jon and you I don't know if i would be the one who makes it through the proverbial wall. Congrats to you both you awesome people you.

The Smiths said...

Yea! you did it! and yea! I can finally read about it now that we are home and have access to internet that doesn't take 10 minutes to load Gmail. Congrats!

Bill Hall said...

I am so proud of you guys! I only wish that you would have had a more competent support team, however, without a navigator or gps system the streets of Seattle are more than this kid can handle. I am amazed at all that you have accommplished at such a short time together. "The world is your oyster" and you have reaped an impressive variety of pearls already. You have inspired this "balding" middle age guy to do more. Love you both, Herman Miller rules!

Todd, Rose and Emy said...

You made it look so easy! Great pictures and sorry I didn't ask you about in person while we were sweating in the balcony... oh wait I had a screaming baby to keep me occuppied :)