Monday, September 20, 2010

Weekend Update (Marathon)

Happy Monday Everyone!

Wow!  This has been quite the weekend.  Should I share?  Okay, if you insist!  Friday afternoon I hopped on a plane with my husband to head off to Utah where he would be running the Top of Utah Marathon on Saturday morning.  This was the marathon that I was supposed to run, too, but I seem to have a heel injury, which we think is Heal Plantar Fasciitis.  I am going to get it checked out this week.  Until then, I have purchased my first pair of Dr. Scholl's Orthopedic inserts.  If I didn't feel like I was getting old before, now I really do!  LOL!  Bring it on!  4-0 ... here I come! 

When we arrived at our hotel we realized that we did not have any internet access.  That kind of made it a bit hard on me since I was planning on working on Pink Stamper stuff while he was running in the early am before I went to meet him.  So, I decided to sleep in (which was wonderful) and then wake up and head out to cheer him on.  On a personal note...  It was really hard for me at first to watch the marathon runners because I wanted to be out there running soooo bad!  After a few minutes of feeling sorry for myself I decided that I was there for a reason and that was to be a support to ALL who were running.  Let me tell you... I was the BEST cheerleader EVER!  If I am not able to ever run a marathon again, I am going to always be the person who cheers them on.  It was a very emotional and fulfilling experience.   I saw so many people who inspired me!  It was amazing!  I had a sign I had cut out before I left that said "RUN BRYAN" with a shoe on it that I put together that morning since it is hard to travel with a poster already made!  I was waiting in front of Joann's which was about 2 miles from the finish line.  Although, I never actually got to go in and shop.  (boo hoo).  

Once I saw my husband coming up I freaked out and grabbed his sign and yelled as loud as I could.  I then dropped the sign and ran with him the last 2 miles of the race.  It was so awesome to be able to encourage him at this point.  If you have ever ran a marathon, you know that the last stretch is the hardest.  Mentally you almost want to give up.  Your body definitely wants to give up but you have to just push through it.  Even though my heel paid the price later, it was so worth it being able to share this experience with my husband.  He beat his time from last year and finished in 3 hours 56 minutes!  That's pretty good for only running your first one a year before!  Next year I am going to run it, too.  Hopefully my heel will be better by then.

Here is my hubby after he finished the race.  Smiling even though he is in pain!  It is a GREAT feeling to finish the race!

This is my sweet sister in law Mary, who trained and ran her first (and last) marathon!  She is a mother of 6 children and such an example to me.  Go Mary!!  

I am trying to get everything in order today after traveling and being sick last week.  I actually have dinner already started in the crock pot!  Can you believe that?  I just threw a whole chicken in the crock pot, added 1 cup of water and a packet of onion soup mix.  Put it on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.  Yummy!