Yeah! I finished the marathon alive! There were many moments during training and the race when I thought I was going to die and have to give up, but somehow I survived and actually for the most part really enjoyed it. The first one I did wasn't too bad, but the last one I did when I finished I told Aaron to never let me do a marathon again cause I was on the verge of blacking out and was in way too much pain to ever go through that again, but I did make a goal to do a marathon inbetween each pregnancy, so I couldn't give up on that, so I decided to give it another try. With each marathon I got a little faster and I knew I was close to qualifying for the Boston Marathon, so I was hoping to drop a little more time again and I did it! I was so excited about my time of 3:33, the qualifying time was 3:40, so it was cutting it pretty close, but I pulled it off somehow. I don't know if I'll actually ever run the Boston, it would be cool, but just to know that I got that time was a big accomplishment for me. It made all training runs woth it. I'm so glad Erin Wardle and Aarons brother, Spencer did it too. It was so much more fun with them! The drive up and the freezing cold wait in the bathroom line was actually fun cause they were there. We didn't stick together for the run, but it was nice just to know that we were all in it together.
Some of my favorite moments of this weekend were when I thought I was calling Summer to tell her that we were at Olive Garden just waiting in the parking lot and proceeded to have a conversation of 1:40 to someone who was not Summer, when nobody answered after my long ramble I realized they were no longer on the phone. David went to talk to Summer and Mike and found out Summer hadn't had her phone all day.......ummmm. When Mike asked me if I stopped to say grace during the race, when actually he asked if I stopped to take breaks along the race. The runner who tried making friends with everyone along the race yelling "YOU'RE A LEGEND" and "there's a book in a bag at the end of the race, read it, its the Book of Mormon.. YOUR A LEGEND!" "Listen to General Conference...YOU'RE A LEGEND! " he did tell me I had nice calves, so I couldn't totally think everything he was saying was ridiculous...jokes! I could hear him from so far away, I always kind of love having wierdos like that on a race cause it kind of distracts you from what you are doing for a while and its just funny. It really was a fun weekend.
We got to hang out with Summer and Mike who just had a new baby, Quincy. Thanks Summer and Mike for letting us stay there! It was fun to ride down and hang out with Jenni and David and there boys, I'm glad ya'll came, it wouldn't have been the same without ya!
It was so nice of Aaron to watch the girls all morning, especially since Emmy doesn't really take a bottle. It was a little risky to be gone from her for that long, but luckily she was fine, but it was nice of Aaron to be willing to watch them while I did this even though there was a good chance she could have been screaming for a couple of hours ( I think that was a good motivator for me to finish ).
Spencer didn't do a whole lot of training but he still managed to finish no problem, that is amazing to me, theres no way I could ever do that. He's even talking of what one we're going to do next
I love that Erin did the marathon, even though we never went on any training runs or didn't even run the marathon together because she would rather listen to her music than talk to me I just love Erin so I'm glad we both did it!