And brace yourself folks, because I’m at a loss for words to explain just exactly how I felt at that moment and for that matter, how I feel now looking at this picture. But somehow, I think the good majority of you get it.
Big thank-you to the organizers of the USAF Marathon for leaving the finish area set up just for me (and anybody else who happened to stop by the Air Force Museum the day after the race). It was nice to actually SEE the planes that lined the way because all I saw the day before was that big giant sign in front of me that said FINISH.
And also thank-you to my family, not just for coming out to cheer me on, but for the million and one different ways they helped out while I was training so that I was ready to set foot at the start line.
Especially this good looking fella, who dressed our girls every Sunday for church while I was out on my long run, made sure I ate something when I got home, mixed countless bottles of recovery drink, and had no qualms about dumping the last remaining ice in our refrigerator on me in the bath tub whenever necessary (in fact, I think he kind of liked that). But mostly for driving 3 hours plus to Dayton after a loooong day at work, getting up at 4:30AM the next morning to make sure I got up at 5:00AM so I wouldn’t miss the start that I missed anyway and then getting nearly the same workout I did at the marathon, trying to spot me at different locations, carry supplies, move the car, and probably a ton of other things I don’t even know about. I can not even begin to tell you exactly how much it meant to me to see him at so many different locations on a course that actually had very few locations for spectators. I could go on, but I did promise everybody a short post after that last one. So let me just say Happy Anniversary babe! I love you!
And THAT my friends, was the United States Air Force Marathon 2010. Hmmm….what ever shall we talk about now?
P.S. Ok, I’ve got to post one more picture, because I never really seemed to have the exact right location to put this one in the (super long 5 part) story. Ever wonder what it feels like to have just run a marathon? Well, let me show you:THAT is exactly it. That’d be Tiger Baby immediately post marathon. And in kiddie world, she pretty much ran her own version of a marathon that day. When I got out of the hot shower that I took immediately after my ice bath (because you know, that makes perfect sense), this is what I opened the door to find. “My thoughts exactly baby girl, my thoughts exactly.”
P.P.S. I posted this on Facebook already, but just in case I’m not good enough for you to “like” on FB ;-) and you missed it, there’s a brand spanking new online running moms’ magazine that came out this month, This Mother Can Run, that you should all go check out (and not only because one of my articles is in it and I’m SOUUUUUPER excited about that). It’s the brainchild of, created by, written by, edited by, and all about running moms. And also because it is completely and totally FREE!! You’re gonna love it!