Monday, June 1, 2009

Marathon weekend

Well my big day has come and gone and I'm still alive. Friday night the kids and I headed over to Depoe Bay where we were renting a house with 5 other runners and their families. It was a great house with 8 rooms, so there was plenty of room for everyone. Brent came over after work. Saturday morning came early, we had to be out of the house by 6:15. We were all a little anxious. This pic is taken right before we left:
Natalie and I started the race doing about a 10 minute mile. We stayed together until about mile 15 before we split up. I felt really good until about mile 19, then I could feel myself losing steam. But I kept running. About mile 22 I was getting really tired and started to run/walk. My goal was to finish in 5 hours and I finished in 5 hours 12 minutes. The last mile I was so tired that I was feeling super emotional, I had a hard time not crying as I crossed the finish line. Here's a link to my "finish line" pictures. (hopefully the link works) Overall it was such a rewarding experience. I'm so glad I did it, and might even consider doing another one...gotta beat that 5 hour mark!
http://aep.exposuremanager.com/g/nm09_55&gallery_page=&gallery_all=&view=1&photo_page=3
This is a pic of what happens when you decide to wear a different sports bra on race day, then the one you'd been wearing while training. As my friend Linae said "Deena, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!" Lesson learned.
After the race we went to get Burgers and Milkshakes. For once I felt like I could chow and not feel guilty! That afternoon we went to the beach for a while, but being Oregon, it was cold and windy. So here I am trying to comfort two little girls who were ready to go home.

Malia and Jacob didn't seem to mind the cold!

10 comments:

Annie Ditto said...

WAY TO GO DEENA!! You are an inspiration to me! I seriously feel like I'm going to die after running 3 miles! You are amamzing!!

The Peton's said...

Ok, when you said, "this is what happens when you wear the wrong sports bra" I thought you were commenting on my "situation" in our race picture. I have some chaffing from my bra too!

That was so fun! Now that I'm 3 days post, I'm starting to forget the horror. Ahhhhh.

Debbie Tovey and Family said...

I am in awe. The thought of running that many miles is unfathomable to me. Way to go, girl!

Julia said...

Please sing the following in a Bette Midler voice:
Did you ever know that you're my hero? You're everything, everything, I wish I could be. And I, I could something something something eagle, 'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

Ditto Family said...

SUPER WOMAN!!!! YOU DID IT!!! So proud of you. Great pictures, though I don't think Brent deserves a professional shot of being a cheerleader : ) I'm glad you enjoyed every bite of your burger and milkshake. I hope you can a big old plate of fries too. WAY TO GO!!

Deyce and Garrick said...

Congrats! You did great!!! I wanted to comment on your picture holding the 2 girls at the beach. When I saw it, I initially thought that the curly haired girl was Malia. Then I realized that couldn't be. But, it's funny how it looks like you're holding a young Malia and Claire.

Amanda said...

WOW!!! The thought of running 3 miles makes me want to cry! I am always soooo proud of myself when I am doing a mile a day! (Of course I am not even trying now that I am pregnant) But still people who run for "fun" AMAZE me!!! Way to go!

Jonna T. said...

I, too, am always amazed at those who run for fun. It's something I've never been able to do! I can't even find shoes that don't make my feet hurt when I walk, let alone shoes that will allow me to run!! I'm proud of you! That is awesome! It is so hard for me to be motivated every day. What a struggle. I think it's fantastic how well you did1

Ditto Family said...

Congratulations, Deena. That is a great accomplishment. How did Brent make it to the finish photos?!

Birch

Alison said...

I'm speachless! NICE WORK :-)