First of all, I wanted to thank each and every one of you for your encouraging words about my marathon. It really means a lot!
I have the best cousin-in-law in the world. Thanks for the sign Liza!
I only have one word to describe the 2012 Boston Marathon. HOT. With temps reaching 90 degrees things did not go smoothly. I saw over a dozen runners collapse on the course, many runners stopping to walk most of the race, and even people walking straight off the course calling it quits. I have never run a marathon in such conditions or seen so many elite athletes struggle like this. It was ridiculous. I had many moments where I didn’t think I was going to make it. It was the toughest marathon I have ever run. Luckily, I had some much-needed support along the way.
My amazing sister-in-law jumped in at mile 13 and ran 7 miles with me. Who does that? She is the best!
And my dad jumped in at mile 20 and ran heartbreak hill with me.
Best dad in the world award!
I am lucky to have such a supportive family, and even luckier that they are runners themselves! I don’t know how I could have done it without them.
The Boston Marathon took a lot out of me. However, it was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. You never know whats going to happen during a marathon and dealing with the elements is always a gamble.
I literally burst into tears right around mile 24 out of pure exhaustion. I had nothing left to give. That is until I heard some familiar voices screaming my name. My friend Ellen (you know her from the farm) and her boyfriend began shouting my name! They could not have been at a more perfect place. They gave me my last little push and somehow I managed to keep putting one foot in front of the other and cross the finish line.
Official medal (and wine!)
And a unpictured bacon cheese burger!
I am really proud of myself for finishing the marathon. My official time was 3 hours and 55 minutes. 30 minutes slower than my goal. I can’t say I am dying to run the Boston Marathon again, but I think a race in a cooler climate is in my near future.
Thanks again everyone for following me along. Back to the Farm and cooking tomorrow!