By the time the race started, I was ready for lunch. It was 8:30 AM and it seemed as if we already had a full day. They bussed us to the start line as it was a point to point race. It was a very low key marathon as it was the inaugural race and there were about 20 of us running the marathon. The man that started our race said, 'ready, set, go' and off we went. But this was after Doug already disqualified 2 men in his age group for being ahead of the start line by 3 inches. It was a hoot as they turned around and looked at him all serious until we all busted a gut laughing.
This race was on an old railroad bed that has been converted to trail. For the most part it was crushed gravel and some points had actual large gravel. It was good for the joints and knees, but it really wore us out. It was sort of like running on sand as it gave a little so you sunk in just a tad every time a foot went down. We certainly exerted a ton more energy then when we run on asphalt.
Craig and I started out together as this was his first marathon. I kinda wanted to stick with him to make sure he would fair okay. Not that I didn't think he could do it, cuz I knew he would. I just think that sometimes, especially for marathon virgins, it's more enjoyable to have someone there with them to talk with, keep your mind of things, to encourage you...to just be there makes it easier. We did really well up until mile 9 and then that darn trail wore us down.
We kept trekking and came across a lot of things on the trail...a dead armadillo, frogs croaking so loud it was even hard to hear at some points...it was really cool. We also came across a cattle crossing where a line of cows were moseying across. I think this accounted for at least a half an hour of our time...LOL...okay...not really.
We had a really good time. We laughed, grunted, and even cussed just a bit. Craig had the usual ups and downs and at one point got very quiet. Normal stuff for a newbie-or really-for any of us. But really...he was always positive and kept putting one foot in front of the other. He did a great job. Congrats Craig!
Finally crossing the finish line! Whoo Hoo!
They had good food afterwards...pasta, sauce and meatballs, bread sticks, cookies and Coke. The tshirt and medals were great.
The BEST part was this...
YES! 2nd place in my age group!
I asked Doug to take a picture of me and my prize, but he couldn't help himself in his jealous rage to zoom me out of the picture. I'm surprised he even took the picture at all. With me winning 2 age group awards, I can see how he could feel a bit upset and all. Poor thing! LOL!!
Okay...yes...there were only 2 of us in my age group...BUT I still received this awesome plaque.
As we rolled back in the driveway, Nikemom and Mr. McRib were unloading their stuff. She came down to test out the Kansas Ironman 70.3 bike course and then turned around on Sunday to run the Kansas Half Marathon. We went out and had some yummy Mexican food and some great margaritas.
Next marathon...Lincoln Marathon in 2 weeks!