At least that's what I was thinking in the early miles of this race as I was smiling ear to ear and loving every step. Given that I had arrived at the starting line skipping and dancing around, it was a good day! But getting there was a bit of a different story.
There seems to never be a dull moment in our household. Since the hubby's 100-mile goal race was cancelled (thank you government shutdown!), he has been eagerly on the hunt for a rebound race. Last Tuesday he declared that he'd be running the New River Trail 50k and that I should also do it. The race had previously be on my schedule but I decided to nix it a few weeks ago. I wasn't changing my mind and made that clear. He's perfected his pouty face, but I wasn't giving in and he didn't want to do it without me.
The next morning I received a phone call from him declaring that he wanted to run the Baltimore Marathon instead (say what?!). I was more than fine with him racing, but I personally wasn't too keen on the long car trip and wanted to stay home. It was his turn to put his foot down and like it or not he was determined to drag me along for the ride. Friday evening we made it to the expo and he registered... by this point the long drive was over and I was coming around. The buzz of excitement around me made left me a bit jealous, as did the super cool t-shirts. As we were about leave, I stopped dead in my tracks sheepishly declaring "Umm, I want to run too... can I register?" (I'm a punk some days, I know it!)
What I had not previously realized is that there was a half marathon option... and I was oh so conveniently scheduled for a roughly 12-13 mile run anyway. Ok, signing up would be the more costly option of getting it done, but a long run with crowd support? Sounds good to me! So I registered and picked up my shirt with a smile and we made our way to our destination for the evening.
|Mile 9 of the Marathon|
My long run was suppose to be a negative split so I started the race conservative, carefree and relaxed.... a lot of people were passing me in the early miles but I was determined to not get carried away by it all. Taking it easy gave me the opportunity to look around and enjoy the sights and scenes around me! A lot of people where dressed up in costumes and the crowd support was stellar. Of course there were a lot of fun signs and my two favorite were "Smile if you peed yourself a little" (lol) and "Keep running. You're working harder than all of Congress!" (ha!)
Around halfway I picked up the pace with the goal of finishing with a negative split. Most of the later miles were great, some were rough, but regardless I passed a lot of people which is always fun! In the last mile a guy that must've been close to 7 feet tall pulled up next to me and said "stay with me through the finish!" I tried, but I was also taking about three steps to match his one (poor excuse I know). I finished strong, but with some energy left in the bank, collected A LOT of post-race goodies (I paid a lot of money for those!) and then made my way to find my better half. He rocked his marathon, finishing with a new PR and 13th overall! This was more about him than me and I'm glad he was able to find some justification for months of hard work after his goal race was cancelled.
|Life is good in the kids zone!|
Seize the day!