So, can you tell how it went by my title?? Actually the race was great and I didn't really comprehend that I was in serious pain until the next day. I'm currently working on a DIY diagnosis (I know doctors love when people do this) and if I am still hobbling in a couple days I will seek professional help. But needles to say I will be taking a hiatus from running, which was not a club I was looking to join.
The foot is the one downer in an otherwise great race! Here are a few of the highlights for the 2011 Denver Rock n Roll Marathon:
* Pre-race Loot: I find race expos to be a bit of a hassle...but sometimes you get a bunch of free stuff. Check out my haul!
*Pre-race Good Deed:
*Pre-race Popsicles- Audrey and I are a little neurotic about getting to races on time..which coincidentally makes us perfect race buddies. We don't want to be stressed about finding a spot or being late. So we showed up 2 1/2 hours before we started the race. What we lacked in stress we made up for in frost bite! It was cold!!! I even considered hanging in a porta potty to stay warm. Would I show up later next time? No, but I would wear fuzzy slippers...and maybe a snuggie.
|We might have been cold but at least we weren't wearing shorts like that random guy behind us. I wore my last Pepperdine sweatshirt as my throw away. I'd had that thing since my Junior year of High School.|
*Great Signs- My first half marathon was the Colfax Marathon. I don't really remember that many people out with signs. The weather was really bad that day...and it was on East Colfax so I guess not that many people wanted to hang out with the bums and prostitutes. But this race had some great signs! Here are a few that I saw and some that Audrey saw:
- "Worst parade ever"
- "Chuck Norris never ran a marathon"
- "Keep going!! Keep going!! (That's what she said)"- I half expected to see my brother holding that one.
- "I don't even know you but I am so proud of you"- That was Audrey's favorite
- "Where are you guys going??"
- "That's not sweat, your fat cells are crying"
- "But this seemed like a good idea six months ago"
- "Don't stop-people are watching!"
- "Bike for rent-$50 a mile"
- "Lauren, will you marry me?"- Everyone thought that was cute but I would be so ticked if I was Lauren. Really guy? She has been training for this for months and you are totally screwing up her pace! Hmmm, I am thinking I might not be the most romantic person in the world.
- My favorite signs were the ones that my best friend and her husband Nathan were holding that said, "GO KATIE!!" We ran right by their house and I knew they would be out to cheer me on. Knowing I would see them kept me going for 12.5 miles and those signs got me to the finish line with a smile on my face. There is nothing better in this world than a friend who will sit out in the cold to see you for a few seconds (okay at this point it was probably several seconds).
*Friends make everything better! I loved doing this race with Audrey! It was great to see her come through the gates with her medal!