Chevron Houston Marathon
January 30, 2010
So I can say I'm a marathoner. Wahoo! As I said, I ran slow (as is evident by my time), I felt good, and therefore when I crossed that finish I was already thinking about how I could do better on my NEXT marathon.
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To recap the race weekend, the Saturday before the Marathon Texas Children's Hospital puts on a kids fun run and the coaches from my school got a group of students together to go down and run. I was excited to volunteer to chaperon and run with the students. A few of the adults who knew I was running the next day told me I should just walk, but please, it's not like I was going for a Boston QT. Running a mile and a half was not going to effect my time or bod the next day!
Favorite moments from that day:
1. When the kids realized they were going to run OUTSIDE on THE STREET! For 10-12 year olds, that is a big deal! They thought they were going to run around inside of the convention center. I had so much fun running with them. Poor things, they start off sprinting and wanted to die by the first 1/4 mile!
2. When they said, "Miss, I'm tired. And you're going to run 26 miles tomorrow?!"
I am so glad I got to share my marathon experience with my students. I keep all of my medals and bibs in my classroom and they notice when I add one and ask all about a race. Cute! Before I left school on Friday I received this super great sign:
My favorites were, "Try your best," "Finish it!" "Don't quit," "Good luck, Miss!" I really did think about these kind words during my run.
Reason #1 Houston Marathon is AMAZING: Best expo/post-race party ever. I have yet to see a better organized, swag-sliggin' race. (Reason #2 is that Houston's course is pretty flat and therefore you can get a pretty good time) Obvs I took time to get a photo op on the red carpet.
So it was basically supposed to monsoon the entire race. There was a strong possibility that the race could be cancelled. I was so stressed out. I didn't know what to wear or if I should go out and buy a rain jacket. After talking to some seasoned runners I followed their advice and just ran in normal gear and brought extra socks. Best advice ever. While it was cold, I wasn't weighed down.
My family came out to watch and were my "pit crew." I told them I needed peppermints, socks, chap stick, and my GU. When I passed them the first time I was puzzled to see they had a folding chair set out for me. "Don't you want to rest," they asked? Hello! NO! If I stop I'll never finish! haha. They were amazing and I was always so happy to see them.
Dunzo! Loved it! Want to do it again!