OK, so I'm back-tracking just a bit... I can't help it! I have a busy schedule and just got back from vacation.
I thought even though it was not ME running, my lil sister running her first full marathon deserved a mini blog of it's own.
Originally her first marathon was supposed to be with me in Greece. However, she didn't raise enough money to go, so she decided to do hers in Denver. I was going to run the half, but it sold out before I had a chance to register.
So... with the weekend off, I was able to actually WATCH a race for once. There was no way that we were dragging the kids out when the race started (7:00 am), so after inspecting the course map it seemed that around mile 15 the course looped a bit and we would have three opportunities to spot her along the course). Based on her normal pace I had guesstimated how long it would be before she would get there, so we parked and walked along the course until we saw her.
L did FANTASTIC!!!! (And looked great doing it)
|I suck at motion pictures, there she is bottom right wearing "preppy purple" - this is about mile 15.5|
|Weird turn around at the 30K mark|
L's daughter (three years old) wasn't able to hold up, so she went home with Grandma. Me and A walked a mile or so to the finish line. A is normally shy at races, but I convinced her to give some high fives along the way.
I wasn't exactly sure when L would cross the line, but I REALLY wanted to get a video of her crossing... and I managed to squeeze in right at the finish line and get one!
L's immediate reaction after finishing? Something along the lines of "never again." Heh. Finisher's picture with my daughter:
There were quite a few timing mats on the course, the updates I got were:
5K - 28:33
10K - 57:26
11 Mile - 1:41:29
13.1 Mile - 2:00:49
19.7 Mile - 3:03:35
26.2 Mile - 4:09:08
What makes her the most awesome about all this is that she really didn't even train. (Yep, she is one of "those" with that "natural talent" or something). Her longest run before this was probably 2 months earlier at under 17 miles.
WHAT A ROCK STAR!!!