Monday, October 3, 2011

St. George Marathon

...not ME, sillies. MARK! Mark ran his FIRST marathon...and kicked booty. Let me preface this by saying that he did a half marathon, an 18 mile run and a 20 mile run a month before the marathon to train. For seasoned marathon runners, you know that this is hardly training! He did great on all of these runs though, and just wanted to "finish" and have the experience of running 26.2 miles. Of course I fully support this because I think that EVERYBODY needs to run a marathon in his/her lifetime. There's nothing like it.

 Here he is picking up his number. I thought it was great that he seemed to be standing in the "Elite Runners" line. In reality, he was getting his "Clydesdale" division number (200 lbs. +). The lady looked at him and said, "yeah, I don't think we need to weigh you. You're definitely a Clydesdale."
 When we arrived at the Expo, it was about 8 p.m. We got his number, looked at the fun runners' booths, and headed to my grandma's house to sleep.
 The time here is about 5:15 a.m. Waking up early to take him wasn't particularly the highlight of my trip, but he sure is cute and definitely worth it!
 And look who we met up with! Amelia! Mark had a buddy to go up on the buses with. She gave him some awesome advice and Mark was very grateful. She gets married in less than two weeks! Lucky man!
 Here he is just after running through the finish line! I'm choking back tears the whole time while waiting for him to cross. There's something about the atmosphere of a marathon that touches me and inspires me. I can't wait to get running again! He did SUCH A WONDERFUL JOB...
 Here he is just a few minutes after finishing. What a stud-muffin. His time was 4:26....!!!!!!!!!! And that's after having 4 bathroom stops along the way. Without those stops, he would have finished at least ten minutes earlier. What an athlete! I can't imagine how well he would have done had he been on a consistent training regimen. And boy, it was HOT out there.

I can't believe how HUGE I am! I'm glad he loves me! A lot! At least I'll never weigh more than he does (let's hope not). 

Good job honey! You're my hero!

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