I am still fighting with my Garmin to give me my STATS!!! I was able to upload the pictures Muscle Man captured during the Eugene Marathon. There are more on the Tall Mom Facebook page HERE.
40 minutes to race start. Drinking my Gu Brew, still calm and READY.
Running=Men in very short shorts
And we are off. Love this picture!!! Good work Muscle Man
At mile 3ish. Just after the picture the man to my right introduced himself "I am Will and I will be in your picture forever.
Mile 6, I opted not to swerve for a good picture. I did not want to waste precious energy. So this is a "Where's Mel" shot.
Smiley Tall Mom Vs. the Mini Van...
It was REALLY Fun seeing Muscle Man over and over... and seeing Alisa. The crowd support was GREAT!
Coming down after the BIG HILL on the course. I felt amazing, that hill training paid off.
Just about Half Way and ready for a water hand off.
I look like a puffer fish, but I found that focusing on my breathing and form really kept me going.
Mile 17 in a park under construction, looked like huge moles went to town.
Yes I look like a DOOF, the dude behind me came out of the porta potty and started chatting. ?He asked me what my goal was, I said to qualify for Boston and he said "I gave up on that 15 minutes ago." Then he said bye and I kept going..
This picture makes me think of the Amazing Race
Feeling STRONG, I never hit the wall. I slowed my pace, but I allowed myself to slow to conserve energy.
The usual T-Rex arms
Yes this is what I looked like at Mile 21, I had run out of water in my fuel belt and had to use water stops the rest of the race.
Miles 21-26.1 were grim, I slowed way down, then sped way up. People were dropping left and right. When I turned the corner into Hayward Field I thought about my running buddy Zoe. She has a killer finish line kick and we worked on that when we trained together. So I gave it my best Zoe effort and even passed a few people. I might change this to be my header on the Blog, what do you think?
It was not easy. But I also knew that I was almost there. I closed my eyes, pumped my arms and sped up.
I HOPE that the race photog got my finish line flex because that really captures the elation I felt at the Finish.
Reunited with Muscle Man, covered in sweat, freezing and sporting my new amazing race medal.
My race support and AMAZING hubby!! he texted some family and friends since I forgot my phone and the website tracker was not working... UGH!! Sorry folks, I was running and had no idea.
- Tomorrow we will be moving into our new home!!! I have the 3 High Fives 5K runners listed and will post tomorrow. The Race Report will be delayed since I will be BUSY..
- Still to come Eugene Marathon: Lessons learned, course review, stats, thank you's and official race photos.