I wanted to share my experience with you all by posting one photo for each of the miles I ran yesterday.
But I ran into some snags with that idea . . . .
So here's the first 13 miles in photos!
This is mile 0 -- More accurately, this is all of us in a tent trying to stay out of the rain pour that started just before the race started. This is our view when the start gun (muzzle loader) was fired. Ah, nice start!
Mile 1 -- People think they are hot and leave clothes on the side of the road. We are all bundled up and running at this point, not willing to give up any clothes.
Mile 2 -- Time to use the Handi Hut! Oh, Honey Buckets, I missed you. You are the best port-a-potty around, this one just wasn't the same.
Mile 3 -- First aid station. Apparently this set of folks run the mile 3 station every year. They are runners also, but like to help out in this way. The flags were an awesome touch!
Mile 4 -- Pretty run down the canyon!
Mile 5 -- There were some great signs along the course. It was really fun to see the message that were left for people.
Mile 6 -- We just came through our first hail storm! Look at my freezing arms -- at some point I thought my arm would just fall off!
Mile 7 -- Here's are awesome race bibs. Melanie is 3055, Jamie is 3052 and I'm 3044
Mile 8 -- I have a steady drip of rain water running off my hat. I think that's gonna be the worst of it, but I was so, so wrong!
Mile 9 -- Two miles after it happens we take a closer look at Jamie's leg. She has fallen out of the Handi Hut and had a crash landing. That's two falls in the last two races for Jamie, maybe it's a sign.
Mile 10 -- More hail. We run in it, we cry in it, we end up laughing in it. At some point this race has become completely ridiculous!
Mile 11 -- Low lying clouds. We hear lots of thunder claps over head followed by intense rain.
Mile 12 -- More water .. . this time we like it because it's in a river.
Mile 13 -- We are about to the bottom of the canyon. A waterfall in the distance is nice, but we are soaked! The camera is soaked and the battery is dead. We hand the camera off to Jeff at Mile 14 and wish we could hand ourselves off too.
We ended up finishing the race in just over 6 1/2 hours. It was very hard and quite the accomplishment for us. I was happy that I didn't ever get completely overwhelmed or angry. We kept our wits about us. I appreciated Jamie for bringing along some stories that she'd read to us every once in awhile. I appreciate Jeff and Emma coming along and checking on us during the race. And it was great to see Tani and the kids at the finish line!
This was really a hard thing we trained to do. The time it has taken away from my family, my schedule, Ethan's football game, Josh's Homecoming dance, and many other things, has been hard. I think that although I feel great about finishing, I won't do this again. It was a sacrifice for my whole family for me to do this, and I love them for helping me finish!
And to my two running partners, I couldn't have made it without you gals. Thanks for going on these crazy adventures with me and pushing me through to the end!
P.S. When I get a photo of the finish line and medal I'll post that!
And apparently not blogging has made me hold in all my stress.
So today, I'm FREAKING out.
What am I freaking out about?
1st -- Running a freaking marathon next Saturday. I can't just be stressed about running 26.2 miles, but I'm freaking out about how coming in last will be perceived. I just can't be happy with the miles, I have to not be last either. Don't know why this is bothering me so much, but it is. And there's nothing I can do about it now.
2nd -- Homecoming. I'm freaking out that my baby is going to the Homecoming dance on Saturday. He's so grown up now and I'm not loving that. (Except for when he can drive himself places - and then I LOVE it). And the freakin' part of this is that I will be running a MARATHON instead of being at home to help him with the day date and maybe getting ready!!
3rd -- Sunday School & Embarrassing my kid. So I teach Sunday School now. Specifically, Ethan's class. I'm 2 for 2 on embarrassing him in class. I like to add a little 'personal' touch to the lessons which involve stories about my and Ethan's relationship. He would like me to go teach another class. Maybe this item is more of Ethan Freaking out. I just feel bad that I can't keep my mouth shut.
4th -- Amazing Race & Biggest Loser are starting in the next few weeks. Although I'm not really freaking out about it, there is a certain amount of anticipation that is making me happy right now.
5th -- And to not leave out Emma, I could probably say I'm freaking out about here homework and violin practice. I am just not getting into the swing of things with her yet. It's a tough one to get these two things done with her.
I am the principal home manager of a family of 5, or 6, or 7 - depending on your definition of family. Anyway you look at it, I'm a woman who loves her family and loves opportunities to discover more about myself.