Marathon Day (for Emily)

Posted: September 12, 2011 in Marathon, Marathon Training
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My sister ran the Little Grand Canyon Marathon on Saturday. I was pleased to take Kyden to Emery county to watch and support her on the big day.

I was able to see her start and see the excitement/nervousness of the runners.  It really made me wish that I was running that day. I had really hoped to be there with Emily, step by step. The training I received that day was to build up the excitement while I wait for my knee to heal (still in physical therapy). I also felt happy to be there and cheer her on.

On the way to the finish line we passed a few runners here and there and even a few cars coming away from the race.  Here is one of the “wash” areas where flood water can drain without ruining the road. As we were racing down to see Emily, I was super nervous we were going to miss her crossing the line. At 8 miles left I was zooming and splashed through this one. Coming opposite direction was a buick and yes, they got splashed. It was not until after they passed that my sister Liz said… “there windows are down! both of them!” Yep, we splashed them with muddy water. they were drenched and according to my parents (in the vehicle behind us), the driver and passengers in the back were drenched with muddy water. Needless to say, we laughed for an extended period of time.gully

I would like to clarify that these people are not your stereotypical runners. As the race was ending (fast forward a few hours) I realized that these people were finishing the marathon in 4 hours and above. Some probably came in at 6 hours (when we were leaving there were two ladies that were finishing the race with the motto complete not compete). It gave me hope that even I could do it. I even saw a guy from Tokyo that was stopping to enjoy the scenery. Just a reminder that we take for granted our beautiful scenic mountains/red rock. We do live in a beautiful state.  I really feel that this will be the marathon I run next year. There was even a guy that has supposedly run 770 marathons. that is awesome. Here is his photo. (guy on left) that is inspirational.

We found emily with about 6 miles to go. We were so proud of her as she was making a great pace.  We shouted our cheers and moved on. We stopped at a spot with about 2 miles to go.  I quickly changed and waited for her. I figured my knee could hold out for 2 miles.  The pain started back up in my knee two blocks in and a half mile later another pain behind my knee started.  But no stress, I just thought of how much pain Emily might be in and it was more important for me to be there to support her. Not sure if she liked it, but I chatted about random things to help take her mind off of it.  The desert heat was almost too much.

As we got closer we pealed away from Emily so she could cross on her own. She did it!

So proud of her and I can’t wait for my chance to run in a Marathon. Yes, I want to run a Marathon. I had asthma growing up as a child, but I overcame it. I have a knee injury, but it will heal. I will run in a marathon next year.

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