Well, summer has come and gone and here we are in October again.
July and August was filled with work and not much more than that, 14 different cities in 8 weeks, some of them multiple times. What little spare time existed was filled with training for the Lewis & Clark Half Marathon. Oh, there was also that couples baby shower where the keg ran dry and people were jumping into the pool fully clothed during a thunderstorm...
We opened September with a day at the St Louis County Fair and Air show, which turned out to be really cool, and then moved into the next weekend at the Clayton Art Fair where we ran into Vern Yip from Trading Spaces.
Then the morning of September 17 finally arrived, the day of our 13.1 mile run. I woke up way to early and had already watched most of Rocky and had a cup of coffee by the time we were ready to leave the house. We arrived at the Family Arena just shy of 6 a.m. for a 7 o'clock start.
Wow! What an impressive atmosphere. Music blaring, people pumped up, and everyone out to do something good for themselves. I've never experienced anything like it.
The starting gun went off and it was time to run. The run itself was mostly a blur. It's really cool to have people alongside the road cheering your name. The adrenaline kicks in when you hear that cheering.
I started off too fast but got into my groove around the 5 mile mark. My goal was to complete the run in under 2 hours, and to accomplish that, I had to keep moving.
6 miles - I'm feeling good
7 miles - This isn't so bad
8 miles - Okay, where is that energy drink
9 miles - Ahh, got the drink, waiting it to kick in
10 miles - How long is this thing?
11 miles - If I make it past that hill at the 12 mile mark, I'm in good shape
12 miles - I left my lungs on the hill, can someone retrieve them for me
13 miles - I hear my name, I've got enough left for an all-out sprint
13.1 miles - I DID IT!
Final time - 1:54:59, I smashed my goal. Wow, what a feeling!
Julie was chugging along behind me. She was going to push herself to finish in 2:45 so I was thrilled to see her coming down the road well before that. She finished in 2:27, now that's awesome!
I can't describe how cool the entire event was. We're probably going to do it again if we can commit the time for training.
Anyway, I've been away, but now I'm back.