Lance aspires to run the 2009 Little Rock Marathon - the full. So he intended to run the half at St. Jude this weekend (I ran the full not very successfully last year). Well get this... As of about 3 weeks ago Lance was up to 14 miles. He went online to register for the St. Jude Half and it was full... so he registered for the FULL MARATHON! Aye aye aye! I advised him to get in a run somewhere around 20 miles and just adjust his time goal, i.e. just run it as "practice" for Little Rock and aim to finish. Period. Well... to prove to himself that he could really do it, the next weekend he went out and ran 26.2 miles. Holy cow!
So yesterday we had the pleasure of providing course support for Lance. He aimed to run with the 4:00 pace group. We easily caught him at about mile 3. From there, due to traffic and road closures, we had a heck of a time catching him. I bet we didn't see him again well past the halfway point. But each time he was precisely with the 4:00 group. Wow.
We caught him again at about mile 18 and then again at mile 21. He just looked fantastic and didn't budge an inch from the pacers. I was in complete awe!
Lance runs strong at mile 21.
Considering our traffic troubles, we went straight to AutoZone Park to perch at the finish line. We were NOT going to miss his big finish. No way! On the way there I called Lisa. She had run the half. We found her and she waited with us until Lance came into the stadium. She looked terrific, in spite of her saying that it just wasn't her race. Read here.
Here is my best running buddy in Olive Branch. She'll kill me for posting this... but I think she looks beautiful!
The 4:00 guys came in... and no Lance. Uh-oh. He jokingly had said that he hoped he wouldn't blow anything out or need an IV drip. As a marathoner, I imagined all of the possible conditions he could be enduring to make him a bit off schedule. But before long he FLEW into the stadium. I mean he came in like a KENYAN! It was a sight to see. We cheered our heads off!
We saw him hobbling up towards the bleachers with his medal and blanket on. I could only imagine how sore he must have been to finish just over 4:00. If I ever ran 4:00, I'd probably need a stretcher!
After all that we drove home and Lance got cleaned up and we had a victory meal at Huey's. He and Liberty hit the road and I took a nap. You'd think I had run a marathon I was so pooped!
I spent this Sunday afternoon tieing up loose ends on a project that I'll be traveling to Little Rock Monday-Wednesday for. After a while I was just stressed with it. You know how you get when you've just had enough yet there is more to go? So I took the opportunity to de-stress on the treadmill. I walked for 60 minutes, had dinner (which Chasen grilled!) and am now finalizing the project and my travel preparations. No rest for the weary!