Those cute jackets we're wearing, Emily embroidered "My 'pace' or yours?" on the back. She did get hit on at one point during the race by a guy who said he was going to keep up with her because he wanted to be at her "pace".
We didn't start running when the gun (or whatever. I have no idea since I didn't hear it) went off. We got to the starting line and wondered where everyone was and then saw that they had left! Thanks to technology, it didn't matter, because the timing chip on our shoes took care of our official start time. Since we were behind everyone, we got to pass a lot of people. That made me feel like a real athlete. The marathon was very well run with water stations every mile, or mile and half, with Cytomax as well, and there were a lot of spectators, so that helped push me along. But then it got better. I saw my sisters around mile 6. Just seeing them gave me an extra push. Emily and I chucked our jackets and my camera at them, making it a little easier to run. We ran past the LDS church and wished that they hadn't cancelled their services, because it was just about the time for the sacrament. Like they would have let us in!
We saw Emily's people before this, so don't think that they weren't present. She got a visor from her husband as we ran. Then we saw my people: Kevin and the kids. What a huge highlight to see my children watch me achieve something that I worked for that wasn't easy. Ran some more, then saw them again. This time Dillan joined me in the running. He ran by me for about a mile and kept telling me that I could run faster, while he was bounding and not working that hard to keep up with me. That was a motivator, too, having him by me, encouraging me. Saw the sisters at mile 22. They had made another sign. This time it said "You're not a Vegetable. You're almost there. Keep up the Pace." Background on the vegetable remark: I was sitting in a movie theater and for some reason the lyrics to "Wanna Be Startin' Something" by Michael Jackson popped into my head "You' re a vegetable..." and I thought, that can't be right. He's singing about being a vegetable. Like a carrot? So I texted my MJ loving sisters and asked them if that was really what he was saying. They said yes, because a vegetable is someone that doesn't do anything. That made sense. Still running. This part had the only "hill" in the course, and it was very slight, but still, when you have ran for 23.5 miles, any bump feels like a mountain. Feeling good, but slowing down. At mile 25, I felt like I was getting really hot, thought about when I was hiking the Grand Canyon, and just wanted to walk for a minute. Emily came back to me and yelled "You DON'T walk at mile 25. You walk at mile 22, but NOT 25!" Then she spoke words of motivation to inspire me to finish "You can watch the award shows tonight while you lay on your couch." I found this so funny that she chose that to be my motivator that I couldn't help myself and had to run. Made it to the end, and as promised, we held hands across the finish line. In one of the pictures that you can buy for $34.95 it looks like she is dragging me across. This is us at the end:
For those of you who don't know my wonderful sisters, they are from left to right: Kellie, Stephanie, me, Jen, and Nikki. This would have been so much harder without them. I can't thank them enough for being there. I tried, though.
The nice thing about running a marathon, is that you have little to no responsibilities for the rest of the day. Not a bad reason to run that far.
For those of you wondering about the soreness issue, on a scale from one to ten, I was at a one (one was the least, by they way). This may be because of effective training, or because of my basis for comparison. Comparing it to the soreness and toe issues I had when we hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim, the marathon was ten times EASIER. And when I compare it to the first time that I hiked the Grand Canyon, when I had not trained at all and was out of shape, it was a hundred times easier than that! After all, I did almost cry during the first hike, and there were no tears here.
Phase 10 Round 2: I won!
Monday, I treated my sisters to facials and massages. It was a little token of my gratitude for them all being there to support me. I am so grateful that they all could be there. If even one sister wasn't there, it would not have been the same, and we would have kept saying, It would be nice if _____ was here, but we didn't have to and just got to bond and enjoy each other without the distractions of children/ husbands. This was such a wonderful, bonding weekend, full of laughs, tears, teasing, and sisterhood. I owe it all to my very dear friend, Emily. She has a free pass now to do whatever or ask whatever from me, because without her asking me to run the marathon with her, and a little bit of competitiveness on my part to get all my sisters at the marathon, this wouldn't have happened. I would run a hundred more (and just might. I am hooked!) if it meant I could have my sisters (and even a brother!) together. I am so blessed to have each one of my sisters!
Phase 10 Round 3: I won! Which means, I am the official champion of this stay. Not that anyone is keeping track or anything.....
And, for the record, I held Emily back from running as fast as she could. She qualified for Boston a few weeks before this marathon, and THEN less than two weeks after the Rock and Roll, she WON a marathon (for the ladies)! Who does that?! She is a true friend.
What was my time, you ask? Well, since I had never ran any kind of race before in my life, and really, had only been running for two and a half months, I was going to be happy with 4:30, but I ran a 4:12.05. Emily ran a 4:12.04. Hmmmm. Looks like there will be a rematch.