As I think I said earlier, we ran this marathon as a relay in two teams of three.
Susan, Emilie, Suzanne.
And Team "Sporty Moms."
Christine, Amy, Jen.
Amy and I ran the first 8.5 mile leg. Here we are ready to go:
This is apparently what I look like when I'm at a marathon starting line with all the joy and none of the nerves. Feeling pretty calm.
The section that Amy and I ran had quite a lot of uphills and a few lovely down hills. I can't overstate how beautiful this island is right now. It's beautiful year round, but this is probably the single-most magically golden day of the year there because of the peak color and the bright skies. We ran on a main road for the first 4 miles and then turned to run through a neighborhood of million dollar homes. The road was narrow, with stone walls running along both sides, thick with trees exploding with color, and after a few miles, an ocean view through the woods. I was seriously getting high off of the view. I was giddy.
|Susan and Christine, getting ready for Leg #2.|
And here we come!
And guess what? I really didn't want to stop.
We made our way to the next hand-off point where Suzanne and Jen were gearing up to bring us home.
And here they come! Suzanne is doing some sort of cheer or tribal dance.
...off they go for the final 7.6 miles.
|Phew! Happy to have 10.1 miles done!|
We cheered for all the marathoners as they passed us, and tried to find the ones who looked like we want to look at the end of a marathon. I saw lots of tough women looking strong, in control, and smiling. We decided today that we are going to keep running marathons until we look like that at mile 26.
A few minutes later I saw a woman with that bleary-eyed-vacant stare, mouth agape, sweaty, pale, barely moving forward. I said hello to my marathon self and gave her some extra love, to which she didn't respond. Yep. Been there.
Soon enough, our girls showed up (huge props to Jen who ran with a hurt foot) and all six of us ran the last .2 together and crossed the finish line hand-in-hand.
We felt a little bit like imposters, not running the whole distance, and didn't quite feel like we deserved the medals. But more importantly, we had a total blast.
Thank you Matt Smith for the finish line shots!
I am so thankful to Sam for being so supportive about all these races. It works out well for us that he has a lot of swim events and meets in the winter and spring (did I just say that?) so we both know how the other one feels. I do feel like everyone is ready for Mommy to have some consecutive weekends of just being at home, but they are all being very cool about letting me do my thing.
I have some really fun video from today that I'll put together in the next few days to show you. Good luck getting back to work tomorrow... I know I'll need it. Good night!