Months ago we started talking about doing a MARATHON,that's 26.2 miles. I don't know about you,but that seems like a lot of miles! We started training and that meant early Saturday mornings AND early Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Early like 5:15 am!!! The furthest any of us has gone was a half a Marathon, 13.1 miles! Before long we did 14 miles, than 14 turned 16, 16 turned to 18 and 18 turned 21 and 21 turned to 23! I can honestly say we've ran all over Spanish Fork and had many long runs in the river bottoms with families of deers! We ran the Provo River trail on Saturdays, and Provo Canyon and had a few scary experiences running up and down Hobble Creek Canyon in Springville basically...WE ran EVERYWHERE!!!
The closer the date got to our Marathon the more precautiious we got. Nobody wants to put in that much training time and than get hurt last minute! I kicked children out of the house that were sick (if they didnt belong to me:), I didn't wear heels to church for fear I would fall,and ate what I knew my body could handle,Like I said percauticious!!! But we weren't prepared for a death!
One week before the Marathon Corinne's brother in law was shot and killed. He served as a border Patrolmen in Arizona.This was devastating! Corinne and her family flew out to Arizona to be with family and make funeral arrangements.Last minute Corinne and her family decided she needed to run and finish this race that she has been training for. She flew in Time to meet us at the Expo center to get her bib number. She spent the night with my family at the condo and w got ready for our run and picked Lacie up in the morning! I couldn't believe she was there with us! It was an amazing experience having her there with us!
Tyler dropped us off at the bus stops and from there the buses drove us up to the start of the race. It was still pitch black outside, but the energy and nervousness was as thick as the fog outside!!! Driving the 26.2 miles on the bus seemed FAR...REALLY FAR!!! They had music going and fire pits to stay warm. It was cold and windy. I really just wanted the race to start to get warmed up!! It wasn't long after we did our last "official" pee break that the race started. We didn't even know the gun went off to start the race! The 3 of us stayed together for the 1st 6 miles and Lacie and I lost Corinne at mile 6 or 7 ( who knows what mile it is, theres still 20 more to go!) Lacie and stayed together til mile 18. I had to go to the bathroom and didn't want her to wait for me and my full bladder!!! About mile marker 18 I could see people getting cramps, throwing up, or just hurt or maybe just tired. At mile 20 or 21 I put my head phones in just ran my little heart out! I was determined not to injure myself,or be dehydrated but I also felt like I was well trained and prepared. I have to say,by mile 23, and 24 I WAS TIRED!!! And just wanted to be done! I finished the race at 4 hrs and 12 minutes! I was so happy to hear my family calling my name and being at the finish line for me,It really meant a lot to me! Tyler's mom and dad came and John and Addie with the kids! Towards the end I was just picturing my loved ones faces at the finish line! I finished!!! Would I do another Marathon again...YES!!!! I loved running with Lacie and Corinne! I loved finishing something I didn't think I could do! It was such a great experience!!