Thought I better get this posted before I forgot everything!
Spent the weekend warming the bleachers for a couple football games: high school won big, Curtis' team lost big, but I still got my post-game hug.
XC meet on Saturday morning and Marty got 5th place for the juniors (grades raced)! Woo hoo! I have no idea where he gets his speed!!
On to my report . . . had to wear shorts with pockets to carry keys, etc. and since none with pockets have the built-in underwear, I spent a few minutes deciding what would be most comfy. Thought about commando . . . nope . . . too high . . . too tight . . . just right! ;) Or so I thought (see below).
Had to get my packet so I left the house about 5:25 and was parked within 15 minutes. PRIMO parking spot - woo hoo! 2 blocks from the start, and an easy out when I'm done. Close enough to go back to the car, sort things out, go back to the bathroom, back to the car, then to the start line - which had changed from the last time I did this run.
Lined up and was waiting and behind me I hear, "Michele?" I turned around and there's my best friend Kate! She had forgotten I was running, and I wasn't aware she was running! It was so good to see her! Off we go and immediately I knew I'd picked the wrong underwear. Kate said, "Just pull 'em up tight and pretend you're wearing a thong!"
Once I started sweating they clamped onto the butt pretty good, so all is well. ;) Kate ran with me for a mile, then she took off.
I had trained doing a 5 minute run, 1 minute walk and that was my plan. That is until I got going and felt pretty good, so what the heck, how about a 10 minute run, 1 minute walk! So that's what I did.
Saw a few people I knew along the way, and at the 3.5 mile mark saw my friend Chris and his band playing. Not sure he recognized me but I waved anyway. Turned on the road heading to the back entrance of the zoo. I'd told my hubby he better be on the course cheering me on!! (He works there, for those who don't know.) Was running by the maintenance shop and I hear "Go Michele" and there he was with 6 other zookeepers he'd recruited. :)
I could not get over what a perfect, gorgeous day it was for running. I'd worn a short-sleeve top with a long-sleeve throw away, and I'd ditched that at 3 miles. It was a little chilly, but the sun was out.
Out the other end of the zoo and then the hills started. Whoa . . . the course change was new to me and those just went on and on! My walk breaks never came during an uphill either!
Once the hills were done, we turned and saw Chris & his band again, then it was a long downhill toward the finish. Oh, there were a few inclines but nothing that were tough. About now is when I was wishing the race was over. My hip/leg were getting majorly cranky. Darn it. A weird thing happened at mile 12 where for a brief moment I thought, "OH NO, I'm going to faint!"
I was feeling really weird.
Onto the finish and when my GPS read 13.1 I tell ya . . . I almost stopped!! My left calf was threatening to seize up, but we had to go around the block and around the cones, before I could stop. (My GPS read 13.3 and the race director, a lady in our running group, said yeah, it probably was long, the police made us change a couple things.)
Finish time on my watch: 2:35:51. Don't have my chip time yet. I'm pleased, especially since it is a bugger of a course. I'm also pleased I was able to maintain the 10/1 run/walk. :)
The best part was watching Crazy Leonard complete his 98th marathon. They expected him in 5 hours, but he came in at 4:17 and it was CHAOS!! Cameras everywhere!! I happened to be standing by his wife, so I held her purse while she and several others helped Leonard out of the wheelchair and gave him his walker. He walked the last 20 yards to the finish, whooping and hollering the whole way, and there was not a dry eye in the house. For those who don't know, I posted a story about Leonard. He's a long-time runner in Omaha and 2 years ago he went in for a knee replacement, and came out minus a leg. He contracted an infection and they couldn't save it. The running club created Crazy Leonard's Relay and people signed up for a mile to push Leonard in the marathon.
Watching Leonard just put so much into perspective. It's not how fast you are, or how skinny or beautiful, or how much money you have. You enjoy life to the fullest, and you don't give up. It's being grateful for your health, and not taking it for granted. And it's appreciating the ones who love and support you, and being present in the moment.
I was definitely living the moment today, and I loved every minute of it!! Thanks! You guys are the best!!