And I'd like to tell you about it :)
|about to begin our epic adventure|
So ... where to begin?
It was hard.
but not impossible.
|Cheering Gramma and the Boyz|
We set (and kept) such a good pace that my poor brother-in-law who had planned out all the cheering spots on the route, based on me telling him I did 15-minute miles ... totally missed us (but they were all there yelling at the end!). I felt horrible that he'd worked so hard to get my mom and 3 squirrelly little boys to those spots on the map and then he felt bad for not meeting us and then Sharon made a good point: if we were missing our cheerleaders because we were walking at such a fantastic pace, that was a pretty awesome thing. Also, at least one of the boys thought one of us would win and/or break a record. Love that.
There was a point at which I thought, "am I going to have to stop?"
and shortly after that I thought, "I'm just going to have to tell Sharon to go on ahead and I'll just finish it much more slowly."
I got a little bit choked up when I realized we were on the final incline into the stadium.
...and shortly after that we were done!
Yes, I'd do it again.
Although maybe not in cold, wet Seattle (but there's something to be said for sea-level).
night before the marathon" post, let me be clear: although my legs will never be shorter, losing all this weight has made a HUGE difference in how I feel about flying. Seriously. While not actually "comfortable", my flights to/from Seattle and again at Christmas to/from Vermont were totally new experiences for me. Flying 50+ pounds lighter is just plain nothing like it was when I was heavy(ier). Fitting into the seat and not spending the entire flight pushing down the armrest that my fat is pushing up makes the whole flight so pleasant! And although I never used a seat belt extender, I'm pretty sure I was on the way to needing one. Thankfully I will never experience that and even though my hips are still pretty wide, they now fit in the standard coach seat just fine, thankyouverymuch. Amazing.
|Love this pic of my sis and her oldest|
And here is my fabulous oldest niece. Her foot hurt, and she had to slow down, but you'd never know it from this pic. This is the happy, sunny girl I have known since ... hmmm ... since she was 4 months old at our wedding. I love this beautiful, smart, funny, thoughtful girl so much! I'm so, so glad she did this race with us!
Here is the whole squad at the end. I seriously love this shot. We did it! We all did it! (sis is wearing a warming blanket -- that question has come up a lot) See our medals? They are surprisingly substantial-feeling. And I wished I'd worn mine on the flight home. Oh well. Now I know.
And here are some of our cheerleaders and two of the runners, warming up ... in the warming room. I have very cute nieces and nephews, no?
If you are considering walking or running a half marathon, I can recommend a great post-marathon routine:
- Go to the evening service at church.
- Try to stay awake. It's HARD. I'm not gonna lie.
- Have Chipotle for dinner (seriously, a burrito as big as your head is a GREAT way to begin to fill the huge hole in your gut that won't be satisfied).
- Followed by chocolate chip cookie dough.
- And a pedicure the next day.