In 2005 I ran a marathon with my great friend, Tyler.
It was a hellish experience. Course design: F. Okay, maybe D. Basically you ran the first 12 miles with half marathoners (great) but then the half marathoners split off, leaving a very sparse crowd. And the rest of the marathon – the backend miles that hurt the most – were out and back a lonely residential road where spectators couldn’t go. So encouragement was at zero. There weren’t many people to run with and no family or friends… at one point Tyler even asked a guy who was out raking his lawn “could you please cheer for me? I need encouragement.” That being said, my training had also tanked when school started again so I wasn’t really prepared. I also later learned I wore completely the wrong shoes for me… which would explain why I lost 3 toenails and had a ginormous blood blister underneath my big toenail. Yum. I finished in 5:12. I was happy I finished, but was disappointed with my time – I had hoped to get under 5 hours. I’ve said I wanted to run another marathon and after I had such a great running summer/fall I really wanted to, because I knew I could improve my time and do much better.
So yesterday I signed up for the Sunburst marathon at Notre Dame! It’s June 5 and I’m hoping I can be ready!
In other news, it’s Dave’s birthday!!! (Yes, I’ve posted this picture like 3 times but it’s hilarious and awesome!)
We’ve got a fun night of celebrating to do! Happy weekend!!!